The Scream Behind Her Smile

The Scream Behind Her Smile

by Athena Daniels


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A thrilling and emotionally gripping novel of love, marriage, deception and... murder.

"An unforgettable thrill-ride that had me hooked from the first page. Secrets, lies, betrayal and passion." 5 stars

One lie is enough to question all truths.

It’s one thing to realize the man you married isn't who you believe him to be. It’s another thing entirely to prove it. After all, who's 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'll go to protect his secrets...

From the #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the award-winning Beyond the Grave paranormal romance series.


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's impossible to put down.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648509417
Publisher: Sunset Coast Publishing
Publication date: 03/29/2019
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 1,232,422
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Athena Daniels is the #1 international bestselling author of the award-winning Beyond the Grave paranormal romance series and romantic thrillers The Scream Behind Her Smile and 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' Favorite® 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' Favorite® 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' Favorite® 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. Follow her on Twitter @AthenaDaniels11 and on Facebook at /AthenaDaniels11.

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The Scream Behind Her Smile 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for granting me a copy of The Scream Behind Her Smile. I really enjoyed this book! It was nice to read about a strong female character like Claire. She was determined to turn her life around and she did so with no self pity. I enjoyed how this book kept me thinking about who did what and how it was going to turn out. This was my first book by Athena Daniels and I will be checking out more of her books to read.
Janice Lombardo More than 1 year ago
Claire is a fashion designer. She is married to Derek for 8 years, having lost their daughter, Katie, when she was 3. A friend of Derek's - Jasmine (Jazzy) has had a breakup with her significant other and has come to stay with Claire and Derek. (totally Derek's idea). The two get a little too chummy. Meanwhile, at a friend's engagement party Claire meets Zach. She is completely besotted with him. Finding out that Zach's store is only a few doors down from her own store, Claire befriends him by bringing a coat she had made for a friend of Zach's. He takes Claire to a place where he spends his off time from working as a well-known artist. They become friends. Will Jasmine finally leave Claire & Derek's house after 3 weeks? And what is the story behind the handsome, dark and mysterious, Zach? This story really surprised me! I truly loved it! The characters were well played out and the plot was nicely done. I hope to read more by this author soon! 5 stars all the way!!!!! Many thanks to Athena Daniels, the Publisher and NetGalley for a wonderful read!
Sharon_Arundel More than 1 year ago
This plot is brilliant and so very well written by this author. This is story that you want to read and won’t forget very easily. The characters are great. If dark, twisted, psychological romance thrillers are your thing then you must read this one! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.