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The Scream Behind Her Smile: A Romantic Thriller Kindle Edition
"An unforgettable thrill-ride that had me hooked from the first page. Secrets, lies, betrayal and passion." 5 Stars
It's one thing to discover your husband is not who you believe him to be.
It's another thing entirely to prove it.
The only question now, is how far he will go to protect his secrets.
From the #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the award-winning Beyond the Grave paranormal romance series.
"Athena Daniels has spun a spell-binding story that is sure to seduce fans of suspense... Her compelling writing style coupled with elements of high drama and disturbing characters makes for an emotionally intense read. Athena Daniels has a new fan in me!" Readers Favorite, 5 Stars
"...a contemporary psychological thriller with a solid plot line which had me reading late into the night. I thoroughly enjoyed every word." 5 Stars, Readers Favorite
One lie is enough to question all truths.
As I lie here in my front hallway, in the place where it all began, I wonder what would have happened if I’d never opened the door that afternoon?
Would she have gone somewhere else? Would she have swept off in another direction, an alternative reality where our lives would never have crossed paths?
And now I’m lying here, blood pooling beneath my body, deep crimson smears on cold white tiles, remembering every sordid moment in vivid detail.
There’s a shadow standing over me.
“I want you to die here, slowly and alone.” Her voice is cold, emotionless. “And I want you to use the time to think about what you did. And when you take your last breath, I want you to realize it’s all your fault. All of it!”
I drift in and out of consciousness and wonder if I had my chance to do it over again, if I had the choice, would I choose not to open the door that day?
Even after everything, I know that I would.
I’d go through it all again, and then some, if it meant the chance to be with Zach just one more time…
An unforgettable Romantic Thriller that is impossible to put down. Get your copy now!
"Author Athena Daniels has created an extremely readable and relatable tale in The Scream Behind Her Smile. As a lead character Claire was real, believable and someone the reader clearly wanted to root for while at the same time feeling this intense desire to shake her out of her complacency and her naivety. What I particularly liked about this story was the author’s obvious desire not to minimize the incredible effect losing a child has on the parents. No amount of advice “to move on” or “to let it go” is ever going to make any difference. No parent dreams of this ultimate tragedy and when it happens, it is totally devastating to the parents. This whole premise was beautifully and sensitively portrayed by the author. Until you forgive yourself for what happened, you can never make peace with the present or the future.
The relationship between Zach and Claire was moving, powerful and incredibly sexy. I did love that Zach not only had a past but that he was actively dealing with reconciling with that past. Both Claire and Zach felt they had huge impediments in their lives to them ever being happy again but Daniels skilfully showed us that there is a way to let go without forgetting. I can highly recommend this book, especially if you love romance with some real meat on its bones. This is what this book has." Grant Leishman Readers Favorite, 5 Stars
"An unforgettable thrill-ride that had me hooked from the first page. Secrets, lies, betrayal and passion." 5 stars--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07PDYYX2R
- Publisher : Sunset Coast Publishing (12 April 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 4065 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 284 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 217,675 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Claire's husband Derek is unlikable from the first chapters and just becomes more despicable as the story unfolds. From beginning to end he unveils himself as a detestable character.who I continued to hope would get exactly what he deserved.
Zach is another great character, with many layers and a few surprising secrets. I loved the relationship that grew between Claire and Zach, I think I fell in love with him myself. One of my favourite secondary characters was Claire's assistant Kira, I loved her loyalty and her no bullshit approach, what a great friend Claire had in her.
This novel kept me hooked from start to finish with heart stopping moments, a few laugh-out-loud moments, plenty of twists and turns, betrayal and murder, in a romantic psychological thriller that will definitely be in my top 10 reads of the year. I didn't see half of what happened coming and was still shaking my head in disbelief at the end.
I'm going to read this story again, just to make sure I didn't miss something the first time. The early hours of the morning reading can make that happen. lol
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In the midst of all of this, there's a love story for the ages, something that wraps right around your heart and melts it. It's beautiful and sweet and super sexy, and he's exactly the type of bad boy gone good that every woman would love to find. And he supports and defends Claire in ways that she needs. And all of the secondary characters are perfect in their roles. Some of them you want to know more about, while others you just can't help but hate.
I don't know how the author is going to top this, but I can't wait to see what she does next.
(Here's a bit of the plot, but no big spoilers--I promise.)
Claire is barely existing, still grieving over the death of her little girl three years earlier. Struggling to break free from depression and medication, her tenuous recovery is threatened by her manipulative husband (Derek) and the sudden arrival of a beautiful and mysterious house guest--an "old school friend" of Derek's. Claire is immediately suspicious of Jasmine and rightly so, for secrets lie just beneath the surface of the woman's quick smiles.
When Claire realizes that Derek's feelings for Jasmine are much more than friendly, she decides to leave him and seek a divorce. But Derek vows to stop her--no matter what it takes--because he and Jasmine are enmeshed in a nefarious scheme that depends on Claire for its success and their survival. If she leaves, someone will die.
As she fights for her freedom, Claire is befriended by Zach Argos, a successful artist with deep secrets of his own, who mitigates the sins of his past by rescuing homeless children and housing them in the Village, a cluster of cabins in the woods. Zach is a hero to die for--a dark and brooding man with a kind and generous heart. (He's also gorgeous, in case you wondered.) The undeniable attraction between Claire and Zach culminates in steamy sex almost hot enough to melt my Kindle!
But their newfound happiness is soon threatened by criminals as the plot twists and turns through a labyrinth of lies, greed and breathtaking suspense, leading to . . .
I'm going no further. Don't miss this compelling story of love's power to heal . . . to survive . . . to flourish despite overwhelming odds. With memorable settings in Perth, Australia, where the Swan River meets the southwest coast, this beautifully written novel richly deserves five breathtaking stars! Kudos to the author and her entire team.