by Kathryn Schleich

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.  (Summary via Goodreads)

As soon as you start reading Darkness & Grace by Kathryn Schleich you will be unable to stop, your surroundings will become invisible, the noises will be silenced and you will be with Kaye and the Pierson family as they deal with hell on earth !

Kaye Pierson has two brothers, parents that are loving and a family business that keeps them all connected. Luckily the family is a strong family because what they are going to deal with when Paul gets married for the second time after his first wife dies, is going to try to rip them apart. The entire family was estatic when Paul met Pamela and they got married and when they had their daughter, Kaitlin, they were the perfect family…..until something in Pamela snapped and she changed. Pamela becomes money hungry and will do anything to get as much as she can and doesn’t care who she destroys.

When Paul finally divorces Pamela the family hopes that that is the end of things but sadly it is just the beginning. Pamela lies and tries hold Kaitlin over Paul’s head so the family has no other choice but to fight dirty like she does. They hire a private investigator and Kaye even talks to Pamela’s first husband to see the depths of her craziness. The family soon learns that there is nothing that Pamela will do or say to get what she wants…..and it will take something dangerous and drastic to get her out of the Pierson’s lives for good !!

Darkness & Grace plays out like a Lifetime movies in your head. Readers will be shocked at the malicious behavior that Pamela shows. Readers will want the Pierson family to give it right back to her but know that the way that they handled it is for the best. And the ending will shock you to your core and you will not see it coming at all !! Schleich knows how to draw the reader deep into the story and keep a firm grip on you throughout the entire story from the first word until the last sentence.

Review by Missi M.

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