Today I am reviewing Darkness and Grace by Kathryn Schleich. This was released on the 12th of March published by Chris Olsen Communications.
Even the strongest of families aren’t immune to malice, betrayal, and deceit. Supportive, loving, and affluent, the Pierson family is delighted to celebrate the marriage of sensitive middle son Paul Pierson and his wife, Pamela.
Everyone rejoices that Paul has finally recovered from the tragic loss of his beloved first wife and looks forward to Paul and Pamela’s new life together. But just as family members are celebrating his happiness, they start noticing that his beautiful bride may not be what she seems.
As the strain between siblings and spouses worsens, the Piersons discover that neither their money nor their considerable influence can keep the family safe from one woman’s malicious intent. When the true nature of this family member is revealed, each of the Piersons is confronted with the quandary of human conduct and moral responsibility.
Darkness and Grace is a compelling story of the classic struggle between good and evil, as well as the violent undercurrent running beneath the illusory serenity of a close-knit Midwestern family.
A domestic thriller with an epic outcome, Darkness and Grace is one book that you need to put on your to be read piles immediately! Inspired by real life events, the story follows the affluent Pierson family and son Paul’s new wife Pamela. After the death of his first wife, the family are thrilled that Paul has found happiness again, but it isn’t long before Pamela’s true colours show and how a series of events could just well tear this close knit family apart.
With a thrilling opening to kick things off, I knew this one was going to be hard to put down and I was right! From there it was a race for me to get to the finish line as each chapter left me wanting more. I just had to know how this was all going to unfold and when I got there, oh my word, I was not expecting that at all! Mind blown!
Kathryn Schleich certainly knows how to weave a tale and she had me glued to the pages. Her writing is sharp, engaging and she has created a set of characters that standout and are brought to life on the page so vividly. As much as I despised Pamela, she has been perfectly written as the villain and it was interesting to see how her actions effected each member of the family and how they chose to deal with them.
Darkness and Grace is such a highly addictive and riveting story that I throughly enjoyed and I’m so glad it was brought to my attention. A rare gem that will get under your skin and stay with you for a long time to come.
Thank you to Kelsey Butts from Book Publicity Services for my gifted copy of Darkness and Grace, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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A Note from Kathryn Schleich
Darkness and Grace was inspired by real-life events involving my family in the early 1990s. Each time I would discuss the true occurrences, people would comment, “This is a great story. You need to write a book.” After initial trepidation, I recognized this was not only a story worth telling, but it was one that comes to an author only once in a lifetime.
Originally published in 2007 under a pseudonym with the title Shades of Darkness, Shades of Grace, this book is a work of fiction. To write the narrative, I employed aspects of historical fiction, using authentic news accounts, world events, settings, and descriptions involving entirely fictional characters. Darkness and Grace is of the domestic thriller genre in which familial relationships can prove to be far more dangerous than the world at large.
Let’s Get to Know Kathryn Schleich
Kathryn Schleich has been a writer for more than 30 years. Her crime novel, Salvation Station, was published through She Writes Press in 2020. Schleich has also published the short story “Reckless Acts,” featured in After Effects: A Zimbell House Anthology, and “Grand Slam,” published in The Acentos Review.
She is also the author of the academic book Hollywood and Catholic Women: Virgins, Whores, Mothers, and Other Images, which evolved from her master’s thesis. Her guest posts have been featured on the Women On Writing blog, The Muffin, and she writes for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s volunteer newsletter.
When she’s not writing, Schleich is likely volunteering in the education and arts communities in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, where she lives. Friends, family, good food, wine, and traveling are important aspects of her life.
For more information about Schleich, and to read her latest works, visit KathrynSchleich.com.