Book Review – Black Cake

Black Cake
by Charmaine Wilkerson

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson book cover

Black Cake
by Charmaine Wilkerson

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Book Description:

In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny: a traditional Caribbean black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history, and a voice recording. In her message, Eleanor shares a tumultuous story about a headstrong young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder. The heartbreaking tale Eleanor unfolds, the secrets she still holds back, and the mystery of a long-lost child, challenge everything the siblings thought they knew about their lineage, and themselves.

Can Byron and Benny reclaim their once-close relationship, piece together Eleanor’s true history, and fulfill her final request to “share the black cake when the time is right”? Will their mother’s revelations bring them back together or leave them feeling more lost than ever?

My Take:

I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley and Ballantine Books.
I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I first picked up this book and thought, “I’ll just read a couple of pages to see how the book starts,” and then I finished it in a day and a half.

Each chapter told from a different perspective makes for a page-turning experience.

While this may not be a pro for every reader, I thoroughly enjoyed the layout of the book. Each chapter is told from one of the characters own perspective. Now, hear me out! These are small, bite-sized chapters with makes for an enjoyable, gripping experience.

The range and development of human emotions is so well done and relatable.

As a mark of an amazing author, I found myself identifying and relating to every character – even when they were at odds with another character I had also identified with. From the loosening up of Byron’s hurt to the growth of Benny’s decisions to the realization and acceptance of [spoiler-free] – every character is so real. I loved every one of them.

The Final Verdict

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My rating: 4 stars

Would I recommend? Yes

I really recommend this book.

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