Absence of Grace

Former NYPD detective Jack Killarney attempted to leave the darker side of society behind when he moved to a small coastal town in Maine. However, when a horrific crime is committed there, Jack realizes there is no place so idyllic that evil does not eventually come calling.

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Jack becomes obsessed with understanding evil, and how and why such atrocities can occur. His investigation and research lead him to Professor Vivian Rueil, an expert on the topic of evil. She is brilliant and skeptical, and is as emotionally scarred as he is. Jack and Vivian discover a pattern to evil, and this launches them on an international search, from South Sudan to Israel to Pakistan, pursuing the pattern and attempting to thwart the next human tragedy. Ultimately, they are hunting for something older than psychology, philosophy, and religion. They just might find it.

4.4
Based on 12 Reviews
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Jessie
August 17, 2022

Better not to read alone in the dark, St. Jarre has written a spell – binding mystery! Great characters. He will leave you puzzled, thinking and very happy that you read it. I am about to also read his “Celestine”

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Mary M. G.
July 28, 2022

Proverbs 11:27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it. Jack Killarney has had a fascination with the evil deeds of the human race since boyhood after finding the murdered body of a young girl in a culvert. The find did not scare or disgust him. He found it fascinating. That moment was the catalyst that turned Jack into a connoisseur of evil; not an evil doer himself….No, a curious seeker, questioner, wondering inquisitor about the subject of evil. Jack reads serial killer books, watches scary movies and grows into an excellent homicide detective. All is well in Jack’s personal life until he is called to the scene of a strange multiple murder that flashes him back to the accidental death of his wife. Suddenly Jack’s personal life begins to take a very, VERY violent downward turn and he fears for his loved ones and then fears for people in various locations on earth as Jack notices a pattern to sudden violence, deaths, dead birds raining from the heavens and strange man who seems to be everywhere evil shows it’s fangs. Jack declares that he will search out this source of evil and stop it. Maybe it’s true what they say, “some things are better left alone”. There is so much truth to this book. You’ll understand what I mean by that after you read it. I see a lot of the world today in these pages, People are angrier and so divided by politics, religion, race, USA gun culture and along with this there has been an increase in acts of violence from active shooters to hate crimes. Are we creating this mayhem by focusing so much of our lives on feeding our anger and hatred and spreading it across social media? If you look at the big picture as you finish this book and think about your own life and happiness you might have an epiphany about a thing or two. We all need more Grace in our lives. Thank you #netgalley and # EncirclePublications for the opportunity to read and review this excellent book #AbsenceOfGrace by #Kevin StJarre. I would not only only recommend this book to horror readers, but also to faith based organizations and mental health providers.

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Mayra&John
May 31, 2022

Excellent, loved it!

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Mayra
May 31, 2022

Excellent, loved it!

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Azul
April 17, 2022

I really like this kind of stories, even when they’re a little bit confusing. The author made a good job researching for this one. While I was reading I wrote a few names to research myself. The story is well developed and the characters too, except that is wasn’t clear how the observer was created. Yes, it’s chosen by his predecessor, but, the first one?I like the end, even when it was expected. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

In Absence of Grace, Kevin St. Jarre tells the tale of a broken man staring into the abyss. The first few pages of expository information lay the foundation for the dark world the reader is about to enter. When the reader finally meets the protagonist, it’s no shock that he is a jaded and broken man. The horror show of his life has already been laid bare and serves to foreshadow the evolution of the character as he faces his greatest challenge. The abyss stares back. Jack Killarney’s life is an experience in terror. As a child, he discovered the rotting corpse of a young woman in a New York sewer. While in his late 30s, he watched his wife burn to death in a horrific car accident. Only weeks after returning to his job as a Homicide Detective, his partner commits suicide. It’s no wonder he left it all behind to slowly drink himself to death in a cabin ensconced along the Maine coastline. Nothing bad could ever happen here….right? It would be a faintly short book if that were the case. Soon, a series of bizarre murders awakens the curiosity of the former detective, and he seeks answers in the most unlikely of places. St. Jarre explores the nature of evil–not just the mysterious otherworldly forces peppered throughout his narrative, but the darkness within us all. The narrative follows the formula, but twists and turns in unexpected ways. Taking a bitter, nearly broken man and placing him in an idyllic setting almost invites the tidal wave of misfortune that has been following him his entire existence to stop by for tea and biscuits. Haunted by his past, Killarney must push past the fog of memory and self-inflicted guilt to get to the bottom of the mystery. Teaming with an expert on the occult, Killarney dives deep into an even darker world than the one he knew. It’s a journey to the edge of the darkness, one treacherous step after another. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Jennifer
April 7, 2022

This is a book ripe for discussion! Evil and good, how do they come about, what part does our mental awareness and health play into that. Can we change the world? This book is a fast paced adventure that seeks to answer these questions. I honestly thought it was going to be too dark for me in the beginning but I gave it another chapter and was hooked. I did not see many of the plot twists coming. The main characters are often enigmatic but catching clues throughout the book is half the fun. I received this ARC free on BookSirens for free and am happy to leave a reveiw.

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Rachel
April 6, 2022

Very action packed book. A lot of trauma after the main character leaves NYPD for Maine. Definitely a lot of shocking information but I thoroughly enjoyed this book .

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Shelley Burbank
April 6, 2022

ABSENCE OF GRACE by Kevin St. Jarre is a whirlwind of an adventure story constructed with horror, metaphysical, and religious/spiritual elements, both familiar and obscure, to dark and delicious effect. Following a pattern of evil that he believes he’s uncovered, former police detective Jack Killarney races from a coastal Maine town to far-flung places like Nairobi, Greece, and Israel. Jack’s goal is to locate, understand, and possibly stop an evil force personified in the figure of a “dark man” who is present at horrific crime scenes and large-scale human tragedies. As he travels around the globe, Jack encounters many friends and foes, learns about ancient belief systems, and ponders philosophical questions about evil and its source. The book is a twisty, wild ride from start to finish, and St. Jarre’s prose is uncluttered and solid enough to bear the speed and directional changes, keeping this reader firmly in her seat, if on the edge of it. Unlike other books of this sort that offer only a weak, ambiguous conclusion, St. Jarre comes through with a satisfying ending that answers enough of the questions asked while offering a hopeful message that resonates and inspires without being preachy. A bit X-FILES. A bit Stephen King. Incredibly readable and at the same time intellectually satisfying, ABSENCE OF GRACE exemplifies (as do his other books) what I’m beginning to think of as the “St. Jarre Spice-Mix,” a potent concoction of humanism, philosophy, and religion that this reader, at least, finds irresistible. I rarely give 5-Star reviews on any platform, reserving them for the very best of the best when it comes to prose style and emotional punch. However, this is a solid 4-Star novel, i.e. well above average, and one I would highly recommend to general readers who enjoy fast-paced, adventurous novels with supernatural and horror elements. I truly enjoyed it. (As I have ALL of St. Jarre’s books. Check out his list!) I received an advance review copy for free, and I am happy to be leaving this review because I think readers of adventure and supernatural thrillers will not be able to put this one down.

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