Book Review: Darkness and Grace by Kathryn Schleich

Darkness and Grace
by Kathryn Schleich

Publication date: March 12th 2021
Publisher: Chris Olsen Communications, LLC
Pages: 231


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. 

Source: Goodreads


I read and enjoyed Kathryn Schleich‘s book “Salvation Station” last year and really enjoyed the intriguing police procedural thriller. Schleich’s latest book isn’t a police procedural, but it is certainly another intriguing read, and kept me gripped from start to finish.

At the start of the book, the author has provided a little who’s who, with a list of all the characters. And, whilst I would usually love a book for including a list like this, I would actually recommend that you give this list a miss, as it contains some spoilers! Instead, I urge you to jump right into this family drama a look back only if necessary (I don’t think it will be necessary as each character is very memorable).

This is a story full of twists and turns to keep you on your toes! Set in Minneapolis in the late 90s, this story predominately focusses on Paul Pierson and his new wife, Pamela, although is narrated by Paul’s sister Kay. Paul is recently widowed and his family are glad to see him happy again, but ever since their first meeting, they can’t help but feel that something’s not quite right. By the time the wedding comes round, everything seems to be fine and dandy but as time goes on, things begin to slowly fall apart.

Finding out that this story is based on truth made it even more intriguing and I can totally picture it being made into a TV series. I found that I was really interested in the story throughout and was always keen to find out what the seemingly manipulative Pamela would end up doing or saying next. I found the story to be fast-paced and very well written, so much so that I felt like a fly on the wall at the Pierson house!

As the one negative, I wasn’t so keen on the last few chapters and that’s why this wasn’t quite a perfect read for me, but I did really enjoy it and would highly recommend that you give it a try!

Overall rating: This dramatic family thriller kept me on my toes throughout and I really enjoyed it. “Darkness and Grace” gives you the opportunity to look at your own family life and realise how drama free it is! A great read, 4 stars from me!

Thank you to Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Darkness and Grace is available for sale on Amazon and on Kathryn’s website. For more information about the author, and to read her latest works, visit

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