The Scream Behind Her Smile

1551164891.pngThe Scream Behind Her Smile
by Athena Daniels

An emotionally gripping romantic thriller, this is a novel of love, marriage, deception and murder.

It’s one thing to discover the man you married is not who you think he is. It’s another thing entirely to prove it. After all, who is going to take the word of an unstable woman who’s never fully recovered from the heartbreak of losing her child?

The only question now, is how far he will go to protect his secrets.


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…

My Review


An unforgettable roller coaster ride that had me hooked from the first page and is going to have you hooked too.

This is a romantic thriller and once you start this book you will not want to put it down. So be warned now free up your time!!!

OMG, Athena Daniels has written a story that puts the wow back into wow. The characters are real and so believable and you will feel every emotion that the characters go through, especially Claire and everything that she goes through.  Derek is the character that you will love to hate and really how far can one bloke go? Zach has a past but of course he is the one we love!!! Then there are the other characters who help make the story more real.

This book has everything you would want in a romantic/thriller, there is grief, some secrets and lies and of course there is some passion thrown in too. Can’t have a romance without the passion!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the plot. I have not read a lot of thrillers this year but I am so glad I got the opportunity to read this one. With the book been set in Western Australia I knew of the places and could really imagine I was there while reading it.

Of course, I do highly recommend this book, especially if you love a romance with a thrill of a ride.
This book is one of my 2019 top reads.
It wowed me is it going to wow you?

5 Cup
Top Pick

See you in the next chapter


Book Details

ISBN13: 9780648509400
Format: Ebook & Paperback
Language: English
Number of Pages: 284
Published: April 12th 2019
Publisher: Sunset Coast Publishing

About the Author


Athena DanielsAthena Daniels is the #1 international bestselling author of the award-winning Beyond the Grave paranormal romance series and the romantic thriller Desperate. In 2016, Athena was nominated for Author of the Year and Best New Author in AusRom Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

Her novel Girl Unseen won the Silver Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favourite® International Book Awards and was awarded a Silver Medal in the 2017 Literary Titan Book Awards, and finalist in the TopShelf Book Awards 2018. Girl Unseen is a semi-finalist in The Kindle Book Review Awards, ‘Official Selection’ in the New Apple Annual Book Awards and nominated for 2017 Book of the Year in AusRom Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

When Darkness Follows won the Bronze Medal in the 2018 Readers’ Favourite® International Book Awards, Silver Medal in the 2018 Literary Titan Book Awards, and was nominated for the TopShelf Book Awards 2019 and nominated in the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) 2018 awards for Favourite Paranormal Romance.

The Seer’s Daughter was the solo Medalist Winner in the Suspense/Thriller category of the 2016 New Apple Annual Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

The Seer’s Daughter was also a finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards in Suspense and in the 2016 Readers’ Favourite® International Book Awards. Additionally, The Seer’s Daughter was nominated for 2016 Book of the Year and 2016 Cover of the Year in AusRom Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

Girl Unseen and The Seer’s Daughter are both 5-star Top Picks at The Romance Reviews.

Athena has a natural curiosity about the “more” there is in life and holds several qualifications in metaphysics and natural therapies. She is a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner, life coach, and feng shui specialist.

Athena lives on the northern beaches of sunny Western Australia.

To find out more, visit Athena on her  Website
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