The Comfort of Black

Oceanview. Aug. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9781608091294. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781608091478. F
OrangeReviewStarWithin a matter of days, Hannah Parks's privileged life is completely upended. Having overcome a tumultuous childhood, Hannah is now the wife of a millionaire technology mogul in Seattle. However, the anger and rage of a violent and deadly past have never really left her. Sudden questions about her husband and the state of her marriage rapidly lead to her kidnapping. A charismatic stranger named Black is in charge of making her disappear, but even he begins to have issues with the master plan of Hannah's captors. As part of the scenario, Hannah has been branded a fugitive, so she must piece together what's happening while on the run with Black.
VERDICT Wilson's (Final Crossing; The Boy in the Woods) third novel takes off at breakneck speed and doesn't stop until its jolting conclusion. Gritty, unflinching, and sometimes violent, this thriller is reminiscent of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and the television series The Equalizer. The characters are intriguing and the writing deliciously descriptive. Adrenaline junkies and fans of darker crime fiction will take to this book, which is compelling and exciting enough to be read in one sitting.

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