Monday, December 3, 2012

Black Crow White Lie by Candi Sary

From Amazon - Set amid the motels of Hollywood, California, Black Crow White Lie tells the story of Carson Calley, a young boy who grows up living a transient lifestyle with his fortune-telling mother, Juliette Bravo, an alcoholic full of stories about their former lives together. Believing his mother's tales about his special powers, Carson becomes a healer, with the people of Hollywood waiting in long lines to see him. Carson secretly saves the money he earns from healing in the hopes of visiting his war-hero father's grave in Washington, DC. But before he goes, Carson discovers that there is more to his mother's stories than he realizes. Learning the truth about her exaggerations and lies, Carson begins to question his very identity. Is he really the healer his mother told him he was? 

Carson Calley is the narrator is this coming of age novel that will have you clamoring for another book by author Candi Sary.  It's just that good!

Carson lives from motel to motel in the seedy part of Hollywood with his alcoholic mother.  She spins tale after tale to Carson, who believes them as truth.  He's a reincarnated healer with a hero father and he will become the best healer in the world.  He saves his money so he can visit his father's grave in Washington as soon as he has enough.

.  His powers, the stars he has always known, that is part of his healing gift, never waiver, but his confidence does. When she disappears, he reaches out to unlikely friends and new truths are revealed to him. The wool over his eyes is slowly removed as he discovers what is truth and what is white lies. But did his mother tell him the lies to protect him? Or did it hurt him? The reader must decide.

Carson is a very likable character and his supporting cast is intriguing, yet relative to his story.  I wanted to shake his mother several times though-out the book, an action that is a result of excellent writing.  This book reads quickly, I was so immersed in the story that I didn't realize how fast I read it until I was almost done.  I'll definitely be on the look out for Sary's next novel.  She is a very gifted writer with a keen imagination.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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