From Pink To Black

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
225 Pages
Reviewed on 12/21/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

From Pink To Black is a work of fiction in the psychological thriller, suspense, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to mature adult readers owing to the presence of explicit language throughout and sexual situations. Penned by author A.G. Hailstalk, the tragic death of Kayla White from breast cancer becomes the catalyst for a gripping narrative that takes readers on a harrowing ride. Despite her family history, Kayla's concerns, dismissed by healthcare professionals, unravel into a tale of despair, obsession, and darkness. Monique, Kayla's sister, is left to face the aftermath, her life crumbling with a failed relationship, flunking law school, and the challenges of living at home. Encountering Dr. Hannah McBride, a successful breast cancer surgeon, sparks a twisted obsession in Monique, leading the story into provocative, heart-racing territory with an erotic twist.

Author A.G. Hailstalk delves into complex themes with accomplished storytelling and a powerful sense of sensitivity around grief and death, exploring the aftermath of loss, the consequences of obsession, and the blurred lines between desire and darkness. The narrative unfolds with a relentless pace, keeping readers on edge and fully engaged, and it chooses some very wise moments to pause for reflection on the powerful grip of grief into which Monique finds herself spiraling. The author navigates mature and difficult themes with an impactful blend of emotionally charged dialogue and tactful prose, offering a thrilling experience that goes beyond a conventional thriller. I also found the settings and situations to be well-developed, with cinematic imagery and atmospheric lexis that evoke the mood, delving into the psychological intricacies of grief, obsession, and the pursuit of a life that seems just out of reach. Overall, I would certainly recommend From Pink To Black for fans of well-penned psychological fiction that offers pace, drama, and realistic emotion.

Jennie More

From Pink To Black by A.G. Hailstalk is the story of a 35-year-old black woman, Monique, whose life is ravaged by cancer after losing her father and only sister to the disease. Monique is a mammography technician at Branch Brook Medical Center, which a group of racist medical professionals and executives leads. Branch Brook is the same center that refused treatment for her sister, Kayla. Monique is determined to create a supportive environment for black women who visit the center and calls out all acts of racism, like refusal of specific tests to determine whether a patient has cancer. Driven by intense grief after the loss of her sister in particular, she plots to expose the racist treatment of black patients at the center, but as she goes up against many powerful and influential people, it seems impossible to succeed.

From Pink To Black by A.G. Hailstalk is a bold, candid, expressive, and impassioned book that delves deeply into the prejudices that black people, especially black women, face in healthcare. Hailstalk details the experiences of black women when attempting to get essential medical attention or preventative tests, experiences that would have gone unknown if not for this thought-provoking novel. The narrative is unpredictable and maintained my interest throughout. Monique is a strong female character whose personality is layered, complex, interesting, and able to drive the narrative forward and entertain readers. I enjoyed reading this book because the author did a fantastic job of developing a formidable main character who can do justice to such an important issue.