Black Crow White Lie tells the story of young Carson Calley. He has a rare and magical gift of healing, a gift which both defines him and threatens to betray him. He lives in Hollywood motels with his alcoholic, fortune-telling mother, Juliette. She nurtures his gift, but her ways are deceptive. She feeds the boy fantastical stories to convince him of his greatness. At fourteen, Carson finally wises up to her lies and his identity is completely shattered. Juliette is too deep in her addiction to help him separate the facts from the fictions, so he looks for answers on the streets of Hollywood. There he finds Faris, a tattoo shop owner, and Casper, a cashier at a head shop. These two unlikely mentors help this troubled yet extraordinary boy find his way to the truth.
I was sent a copy of Black Crow White Lie by the author in return for an honest review.
First off I thought the cover was beautiful. Dark with a hint of intrigue.
We follow Carson as he grows up with a peculiar healing gift and an alcoholic mother how can stop whenever she wants to. Really, she can, she just hasn’t tried yet.
The stand out in this book was definitely the Characterisation. It was brilliant. Every character introduced (that held a significant role) was fleshed out so wonderfully it made my experience reading this book so much better than it already was.
Faris and Casper were definitely a high light as well. Their characters were so honest as they served, at first, as stand in mentors and then became true father figures in each their own way.
I will say that i thought the pace of the book dragged a bit and at first i wasn’t really sure what kind of plot was really developing and whether the age old ‘complication’ will be worth while in the end.
There was a certain amount of intrigue that kept me reading.
The driving plot point that really kept my interest was how every (significant) adult in this book lied to our protagonist. Every one. Those white lies by his mother to give him a fantastical father, the Santa claus from Faris told in the hopes that Carson will come to the correct conclusion when he was old enough and the pitying lies told by a sweet cab driver without the heart to tell him the truth. I thought it was a really clever aspect to include. One which gave this book a lot more substance.
Most of the time throughout this book I just wanted to reach into the pages and shake some sense into him. He was so naive it hurts! But I also think that is what made his stars shine so bright!