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Author: Debbie Babitt Narrator: Kate Mulligan Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2021 ISBN: 9781665011013
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“I’m the only one who knows what happened to those girls…”

In this gripping suspense debut, the first female sheriff of a small mountain village investigates a disappearance that echoes the crimes that shattered her town decades before.

For twenty-four years, Mary Grace Dobbs has been searching for salvation. Orphaned at eleven, she was forced to go live with her Bible salesman uncle, wheelchair-bound aunt, and a cousin who tortured and killed small animals. At school, a bully made her life a nightmare. Everything changed when a newcomer to town became her only best friend, and changed a second time when that friend and another classmate vanished two months later, never to be seen again.

Today, Mary Grace is the first female sheriff of her rural town, a position that doesn’t sit well with some of the locals. Keeping order and her demons at bay becomes an impossible task when the Black drifter suspected in the earlier disappearances returns to Repentance … and another sixth grader vanishes.

With old prejudices and new secrets spilling out into the open, the modern world soon illuminates the village’s darkest corners. The case becomes even more fraught as a cult of white supremacists brings its gospel of hate to Repentance and violence explodes, claiming more lives. Racing to find the missing girl while fearing for the safety of her own sixth-grade daughter, Mary Grace must confront an unspeakable truth—and face a decision no parent should ever have to make.

Set in a remote mountain town, where the secrets run as deep as the hollows, Saving Grace is at once a spell-binding tale of innocence lost and a twisty, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller. This startling debut novel introduces a captivating protagonist whose concept of good and evil can shape a young girl—then and now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Saving Grace tackles very unsavory stuff…this is no cozy mystery…It’s a Southern gothic that will cling like cobwebs.”

    Criminal Element

  • “Blends elements of To Kill a Mockingbird with twisty, edge-of-your-seat psychological suspense.”

    Mysterious Bookshop

  • “Narrator Kate Mulligan brings a slight Arkansas twang to this fast-paced mystery…Mulligan’s careful speech and light Southern accent draw listeners into the story. This mystery is worthy of an all-day listening binge—thanks to Mulligan.”


  • “A Southern gothic thriller…a creepy tale of hate, evil, and redemption.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Saving Grace is the scariest literary ride of the year…and the ending will blow your socks off.”

    John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An ingenious, multigenerational plot reaches a terrifying crescendo you won’t easily forget.”

    Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author

  • Saving Grace intertwines the past with the present, revealing secrets long buried, but never forgotten, until it all comes crashing down with relentless speed. A taut, thrilling read.”

    Robin Burcell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A riveting thriller that…masterfully uses voice and spare, evocative prose to create a spellbinding story..”

    William Bernhardt, author of The Last Chance Lawyer

  • “Original, dark, and staggering.”

    Samantha Downing, author of He Started It

  • A Crime Reads Pick of the Month's Best Psychological Thrillers
  • A #1 Mystery Crime Club Pick of the Month

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About the Author

Debbie Babitt was Copy Director for two major Manhattan publishing companies. She has worked as an actress, playwright, and drama critic. Debbie is the daughter of a former federal judge and is married to a criminal defense attorney. She and her husband divide their time between New York and Florida. Saving Grace is her debut novel.

About the Narrator

Kate Mulligan has acted with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for more than ten seasons in productions including Hairspray, Alice in Wonderland, and Sense and Sensibility. Her film and television work includes Being John Malkovich and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.