Devil’s Grace

0.63 seconds.

That’s the amount of time Angela Brennan has to process the oncoming truck that destroys half of her family and irrevocably alters her life.

Not long after the accident, death intervenes once more and snatches her remaining family member. Facing life alone, Angela returns to work as a cardiac surgeon, saving other people’s lives, but questioning why hers was spared.

Desperate and distraught, Angela makes the decision to join her family by taking her own life. Before she acts on her plan, however, she receives an anonymous note indicating that her daughter’s death could have been avoided. The information provides Angela with renewed purpose and she becomes determined to find meaning in her catastrophic loss.

Ignoring recommendations, Angela confronts the healthcare power brokers and discovers lies, complicity, and corruption at the highest levels. As she uncovers the truth about her daughter’s death, barriers are thrown in her way that threaten to destroy all she has left: her career and reputation. As the suspense mounts, spirits start communicating with Angela, causing her to question her sanity. But as her science-based world continues to disintegrate, she accepts her new reality, and her mission to transform her pain into purpose becomes clear. 

Devil’s Grace follows Angela’s path from devastation to redemption, as her decision to choose hope over despair and kindness over cruelty tells a timeless, yet timely tale, of the freedom that accompanies true forgiveness.

“A tight, tense thriller with depth and complex, three-dimensional characters. Beautifully written. Elizabeth Splaine is the real deal.”
—Matthew Palmer, author of The Wolf of Sarajevo

“Splaine’s writing is clean, precise, and explicitly detailed. The author’s knowledge of health care workers and the hospital environment is extensive, informing nearly every page . . . Splaine’s prose recalls a surgeon’s attention to detail . . .  Angela searches for what really matters in this stirring story: kindness, care, and hope.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Elizabeth B. Splaine spent eleven years working in health care before switching careers to become a professional opera singer and voice teacher. Six years ago she turned her creative mind to writing and hasn’t looked back. Elizabeth has written the Dr. Julian Stryker series of “Blind” thrillers, as well as two children’s books. When not writing, Elizabeth teaches classical voice in Rhode Island where she lives with her husband, sons, and her dogs.

Paperback Original
310 pages  I  6 x 9 in.
Price: 19.95
ISBN: 978-1-950584-73-4
Pub Date: November 2020

Distributor: IPG; also available through Ingram, and other wholesalers.
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