Saving Grace - D M Barr



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

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By day, 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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Another one for my list of favorites of the year! This book was insanely fun to read! Fun at Grace's expense, I am sorry to say. I just wanted to take Grace by the shoulders and say "Yes Grace, I believe you!".

Oh I loved loved loved this book! After just a quarter of the book, Grace became my new best friend, (no disrespect to my real life best friend)! She had totally won me over and I wanted so bad to jump inside the book and be able to help her. Thank God she befriended some "book people" to help her.  :-)

This story was so refreshing, so different from anything else I had read lately. It was a very welcome change!

The characters - Grace of course - loved! Her new author friend, Lynn/Andrea, loved her as well. She’s definitely the kind of friend that you want to have. Andrea‘s brother Hack totally won my heart over also. I mean, he was a hot mess, but I loved him LOL and he soon became a real true friend to Grace. I loved how they teamed up - perfect!  Tom, her savior, what a devoted sweetheart he was. Grace's husband on the other hand, evil incarnate and their children… evil spawn! Although I do realize it wasn't really the kid's fault. They were under their father's influence. But, I still hated them all!

Loved the ending of this book! Haha, how many times have I used the word loved in this review? That should tell you something.

Very highly recommend this one! My first one by this author. She has a couple others out that I am looking into.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Partners in Crime Tours -  Thank You!!


  1. I take notice when you use the word "love" so many times!!!!

  2. Thank you for such a lovely review. Personally, my favorite was Zev. I hope to bring Hack, Kenzie and Zev back in a mystery series. My husband says all they need is a Great Dane to become a modern Scooby Doo squad :)

    1. I did like Zev! Honestly I just love them all!
      I would love to read about them all in another book! ❤️


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