November 23, 2021

Black Cake Review

Black Cake Review

Title: Black Cake
Author: Charmaine Wilkerson
Style: Contemporary
Rating: 4/5

"She'd been strong enough to run, strong enough to give up her past, strong enough to raise her head and move forward."

When Eleanor Bennett dies her estranged children, Byron and Benny come to the funeral to find a traditional Caribbean black cake that they are supposed to share when the time is right.  The cake also comes with a voice recording and a story that Eleanor wants them to hear.

Charmaine Wilkerson's storytelling in her debut novel Black Cake is extraordinary, vivid, delightful and passionate.  It's a story full of family secrets, betrayal, culture, family ties, love, ambition, tradition, history and acceptance. It's faced-paced and can be devoured within days. Black Cake is a story told in dual timelines with the past showing the reader family secrets that back decades and shapes the Bennett family.  As Byron and Benny learn about where their family came from they are forced to confront it head on as they begin to learn more about who they are and where they came from. The characters are bold, refreshing, determined, brave, resilient, and independent. When you finish you'll be looking up the history of Caribbean black cake, how to make it or where to get it. If you loved The Vanishing Half or Transcendent Kingdom then you will love this one.  

Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the e-advanced readers copy.  Black Cake releases Feb 1st, 2022.