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Saving Grace by D.M. Barr
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication Date: PB - July 29, 2020 / eBook - October 15, 2020
Format: Paperback - 255 pages
Kindle - 1020 KB
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
Grace Pierrepoint Rendell, the only child of an ailing billionaire, has been treated for paranoia since childhood. When she secretly quits her meds, she begins to suspect that once her father passes, her husband will murder her for her inheritance. Realizing that no one will believe the ravings of a supposed psychotic, she devises a creative way to save herself – she will write herself out of danger, authoring a novel with the heroine in exactly the same circumstances, thus subtly exposing her husband’s scheme to the world. She hires acclaimed author Lynn Andrews to help edit her literary insurance policy, but when Lynn is murdered, Grace is discovered standing over the bloody remains. The clock is ticking: can she write and publish her manuscript before she is strapped into a straitjacket, accused of homicide, or lowered six feet under?
With a cast of secondary characters whose challenges mirror Grace’s own, Saving Grace is, at it’s core, an allegory for the struggle of the marginalized to be heard and live life on their own terms.
“A psychological thriller with more than enough twists, turns, and misdirection to keep even the most jaded reader turning pages all night long.” –Lori Robbins, author of the Silver Falchion Award-winning novel, Lesson Plan for Murder
My Book Review:
In Saving Grace, author D.M. Barr weaves a riveting psychological thriller that follows a woman's determination to save her life from her philandering husband's plans to take her inheritance.
Grace Rendell has been treated for mental illness for forty years, when at the age of six she began hearing voices, having hallucinations, and was prone to violent outbursts. Grace has had a toxic relationship with her billionaire father, Barrington Pierrepoint, as well as with her husband Eliot and teenage sons Damian and Xander. They all have treated her in a condescending and disrespectful manner over the years. Grace is tired of the dulled/drugged life she leads, and secretly weaned herself off the psychotropic medications. Now with a clear mind, Grace believes that her husband is waiting for her to inherit her father's estate worth billions, and then remove her from his life and take the money. Grace is determined to save her life by writing a novel about a philandering husband who plots the murder of his wife for her inheritance. Grace thinks that the novel will be a literary life insurance that will prevent Eliot from acting out his plan to murder her. But the murder of her literary mentor Lynn Andrews, and the decline of her father's health, has Grace racing against time to write and publish the book in order to save her life!
Saving Grace is an intriguing psychological thriller set in Northern New Jersey, that easily captivates the reader's attention, and draws them into Grace's traumatic story. Grace's determination to write and publish her book is interwoven with helping solve the murder of Grace's literary mentor, mystery author Lynn Andrews, along with Lynn's teenage brother, Joe Hackford and his motley crew of friends. As the dual storyline unfolds, it is told in a clever way, and is interwoven with enough raw emotions, chilling suspense, secrets, treachery, surprising twists and turns, and thought provoking intrigue, that easily keeps the reader engaged and guessing until the surprising conclusion.
Saving Grace is a cleverly written psychological thriller that takes the reader on one heck of a rollercoaster ride.
RATING: 4 STARS
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About The Author
By day, author D.M. Barr is a mild-mannered salesperson, wife, mother, rescuer of senior shelter dogs, competitive trivia player and author groupie, happily living just north of New York City. By night, an author of sex, suspense and satire.
My background includes stints in travel marketing, travel journalism, meeting planning, public relations and real estate. I was, for a long and happy time, an award-winning magazine writer and editor. Then kids happened. And I needed to actually make money. Now they’re off doing whatever it is they do (of which I have no idea since they won’t friend me on Facebook) and I can spend my spare time weaving tales of debauchery and whatever else tickles my fancy.
The main thing to remember about my work is that I am NOT one of my characters. For example, as a real estate broker, I’ve never played Bondage Bingo in one of my empty listings or offed anyone at my local diet clinic. And I haven’t run away from home in fear that my husband was planning to off me.
But that’s not to say that I haven’t wanted to…
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