In December, 2009, Susan Cox Powell was reported missing from her home in West Valley City, Utah. As law enforcement tried to piece together what had happened to Susan, her husband, Josh Powell, became the only person of interest in the case.
For Jennifer Graves, Josh’s sister, the nightmare started long before Susan’s disappearance. From her experiences growing up in the Powell family to the terrifying moment when she first started to believe her brother was a killer, she relied on her faith to stay strong. She devoted herself to the safety of Susan’s boys, Charlie and Braden, whom she hoped to be able to raise as her own. When the boys were murdered by their father in February, 2012, Jennifer was more than devastated, but she had to believe there was a reason for it all—including the deaths of her beloved nephews.
In A Light In Dark Places, Jennifer shares her struggles and her triumphs. In coming to terms with such tragedy she finally was able to embrace the truth that we all have the power to choose our own path—and there is always hope, no matter how dark things may seem.
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
I remember hearing about this tragic story off and on over the past few years. When I first heard the story my reaction was the same as most people: camping in January? Yeah, right. He had to be guilty. And, of course, after Josh killed his boys, the reaction was one of horror. How could a father kill his own children? I jumped at the chance to read about it and possibly learn how in the world this could have happened.
A Light in Dark Places is well written and Jennifer makes the reader understand what she went through. I felt her pain and frustration although I still can’t imagine going through all she went through and keeping my sanity. She is a strong woman.
This isn’t just the story of Josh and the disappearance of Susan but also about the cycle of abuse and how it tends to get worse with each generation unless the cycle is broken. It’s about the abuse Jennifer and her siblings endured at the hands of their father and how it affected each child in a different way. Jennifer has proven that with faith and a strong support system, it is possible to break that cycle and be a loving, non-abusive parent.
I definitely recommend A Light in Dark Places. I found it interesting, heart breaking, and easy to read.