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The Scream Behind Her Smile

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.”

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


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.

“The Scream Behind Her Smile is possibly one of the most thrilling novels I’ve read this year.” 5 Stars, Readers Favorite 

“OMG, Athena Daniels has written a story that puts the wow back into wow.” 5 Cup Top Pick – Book In One Hand Coffee In Another book blog.

“Athena has written a psychological thriller that had my heart in my throat from the opening scene. At times the intensity was such that I had to put the book down and take a deep breath.” 5 Stars, Claire’s Reads and Reviews 

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

“…an emotional journey that will leave you breathless. I was hooked from the very first chapter and unwilling, no, unable to put it down until I’d finished…Claire’s raw emotions pluck at the reader’s heart strings but, don’t for one moment think this is the story of a woman defeated. Her courage and determination drives the story to its dramatic conclusion…Another five star read…I’d love to see it as a made for television movie.” Lesley Ann 

“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!!!”

“The powerful hero of the hour is portrayed as a bad boy, brim full of raw sexuality, but this is tempered with a strong sense of honor. The Scream Behind Her Smile is a great 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

“The Scream Behind Her Smile by Athena Daniels is a love story that brings a lot more to the party than your traditional romance novel.” 5 Stars, Readers Favorite

“Athena Daniels has created a gripping novel full of heart-stopping drama and suspense. She has a natural ability to portray myriad emotions including grief, fear and passion.” 5 Stars, Readers Favorite

“Darkly twisted! An unforgettable thrill-ride that had me hooked from the first page. Secrets, lies, betrayal and passion. This book had everything it was unpredictable yet real and raw exposing vulnerabilities and truths that are dirty and mess but hopeful revealing confidence and determination with each character. I really enjoyed both Claires and Zach’s stories and their growth on their own and together.” I love Books and Stuff, 5 Stars

“Athena Daniels has written a gripping, enthralling story in The Scream Behind Her Smile. It is hard to put down once started. There are many unforeseen moments, adding to the compelling nature of the book. An exciting read, from the first page to the last.” 5 Stars, Readers Favorite

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.” 5 Stars, Readers Favorite

“Athena Daniels has spun a spell-binding story that is sure to seduce fans of suspense and give them a jolly good time. 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!” 5 Stars, Readers Favorite

“…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

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