“Tense, atmospheric and melancholic prose of real beauty.” – David Arrowsmith, author of Nevada Noir

Then Came Darkness is a brilliant historical thriller that compares to stories like East of Eden and The Night of the Hunter in its epic journey and menacing villain.” – Laura Smith, author & blogger

“The catharsis of emotional writing in this book was incredible…I laughed. I cried. I had to take breaks because some scenes tore me to pieces. It’s dark, gritty, and I love it.” – Lo Potter Writes

“Historical fiction at its finest. D. H. Schleicher is a master with words…I found myself holding my breath several times.” Gina Rae Mitchell, book blogger

“Tense and brooding…like (The) Grapes of Wrath, only creepier and with a lot more murder…a delightfully dark read.” – Margaret Adelle, booktuber

“As I sit here contemplating the book, varying thoughts enter my mind shaping my thoughts and opinions only to alter them again. This thriller contains complex characters and storylines that gave me a lot to think on and ponder over.” – A Garden of Books

“Gritty, Real, Fiction…Schleicher thrusts readers deep into the early part of the twentieth century, with real people living real lives and experiencing a thrilling, suspenseful tale….the rising conflict and relationships between characters reminded me of one of the classics I read in high school, but this time, I was reading it for pleasure!” – C. D. Tavenor, author and co-founder of Two Doctors Media

“A page-turner with a dark slant, morally gray characters who were flawed yet likable, realistic and multi-faceted with certain twists I didn’t see coming.” – Jenna Moquin, author 

“The Great Depression has been a setting for many novels…it’s a fascinating period brought to life in this moody, dark novel. This is a terrific read that won’t disappoint.” – John Greco, author/photographer

“A good, enthralling historical suspense/thriller…Schleicher delves deep inside his characters. He’s not afraid to have unlikable but realistic people in his story…(and) excels at portraying children.” – Meredith Rankin, writer and book blogger


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