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Beyond the Grave (Past Midnight #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  486 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
A haunting new tale in the Past Midnight series...

I can’t move forward with my life until I know my demons are confined to the past...

Being Charlotte Silver, the daughter of famous paranormal investigators, means my life isn’t like that of other teenage girls. Especially after what happened to my parents. Things changed. I missed prom and deferred my big college plans. Bu
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 03, 2011 Aleeeeeza rated it really liked it
The first two books in the Past Midnight series were fun, quick reads that, while I did enjoy, wished had something more going for them. Something that made them more memorable, exciting. While this third and final installment in the trilogy may not have blown me away, it still did step up in the awesomeness scale and I think it's safe to say this was my favorite out of all three books!

This book takes off very soon after the second book, One Hundred Candles, when Charlotte's life was turned upsi
Mar 22, 2012 Kt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte just wants to move on with her life, but she can't until she knows that The Watcher is gone for good. She's put her life and future on hold in order to try and hold things together in the aftermath of his attack. She wants to be there for her father as they cling to hope for her mother's recovery, but things aren't looking good. The only thing she can count on is Noah, or so she thought. Something is different about him, and she isn't sure what is going on. All she knows is that he's s ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Mitch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the first two books in this series, Past Midnight and One Hundred Candles, but this one felt like a mild let down. The first book develops the main character, Charlotte, as a member of a family of ghost/paranormal investigators, with her mom the believer and her dad the skeptic. It worked really well with no actual proof of the supernatural except what she claims to have seen during the climax. The second book adds a few wrinkles with an actual possession and her father having to ...more
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Beyond The Grave by Mara Purnhagen
YA Paranormal Romance
E book
August 30, 2011
Harlequin Teen

Being Charlotte Silver, the daughter of famous paranormal investigators, means my life isn’t like that of other teenage girls. Especially after what happened to my parents. Things changed. I missed prom and deferred my big college plans. But I still have my boyfriend, Noah. He’s everything I could want—if I can figure out what’s up with him. Sudde
Oct 09, 2011 Krystle rated it really liked it
I’m always sad when a series comes to an end, and this one is no different.

Everything is wrapped up neatly leaving you with a feeling of satisfaction and contentment. The plot is fast-paced, keeping you glued to the pages, and you’re always wondering what’s going to happen in the next chapter. They may not be the most dense of books or the most complex, but they are fun and something to read when you need to sit back and relax.

Beyond the Grave isn’t as scary as its previous two installments, no
Michelle Witte
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This will be a rather short review because I've already gushed enough about this series previously. When I slip into these books, I lose track of time and get fully immersed in the story.

Needless to say, I enjoyed Beyond the Grave, though not quite as much as the first two. Still, this is an excellent series and one I heartily recommend.

If what I heard is correct, this is the final book in the series. If I have any influence, I would say "Keep on keepin
WHY?!?! WHY?!?!


Seriously, this is an epidemic that needs to be stopped. Don't write about how much of a strong fighter a heroine is and then have her keep all these life and death secrets!!!

OH! And when she FINALLY does tell someone, it's nearly fucking too late. I get that it makes the action that much action-ier or whatever, but it's
Aug 21, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I will admit it. I bought this book (actually the entire series) on a whim at a charity sale where they didn't have much, but I did want to support the charity and so I bought these. I really wasn't expecting much considering the publisher - actually I was expecting something MUCH more romance-y than what I got... which made me VERY happy. I actually really did enjoy this book, to the point where the first day I picked it up I think I read until about 3am, when I fell asleep with the ligh ...more
Sarah Miles
Mar 06, 2015 Sarah Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great wrap up to the series. This book has Charlotte dealing with things post-Watcher attack. The attacks on her father, mother, and boyfriend, the destruction of their home from the attacks, and wondering if it would come back. Oh, and starting college. This book had a lot going on in it, and I loved that it was set up to make you think one way, only to expose the truth later on. It helps you stay in the story, because it's more realistic. If you were the main character, you'd not know w ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Bella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collge, paranormal
So, I loved the first two books in this series, so I was really looking forward to this one. I did enjoy it, and I liked the storyline. It only got three stars for me though, because I found Charlotte's behaviour a little annoying. Like one minute she thinks Noah's posessed, then she's determined that he's fine, then she's convinced something's wrong with him, then she's convinced he's fine and lets him in the house in the middle of the night. There were a few other instances like that which kin ...more
Well,it is definitely the better one from the three books of this series, but it still doesn't deserve more than three stars.
So, we are still on the same subject, the watcher, and Charlotte's mother is in the coma. What did it add to the book ? For me, nothing. Again, I found some things too predictable (Noah), and some others just completely unrelated to the story (Bliss, Michael really ?).
The last book is supposed to end all the paranormal issue, but is it really ? It was quite a nice reading,
Paula  Phillips
"Cemetries are like Quiet peaceful islands slipped inside the forgotten corners of every busy city"
As the night creeps on and being October - the month of scares , I figured I would turn from Historical Fiction to a Supernatural Teen Fiction , bringing out Ghosts and Possessions.
Beyond the Grave by Mara Purnhagen is Book #3 in the Past Midnight Series , a series that focuses on the Silver family and their ghostly antics. If you are a fan of Ghost Whisperer and Supernatural , then this is the ser
Serendipity Reviews
As you can read from the paragraph above, the book explodes in the first page. I began reading and I was panicking about the situation Charlotte had found herself in. Seriously, an electric chair!

The story is told in first person, so you get to experience everything just as Charlotte does, which really works for this series. There is a quite a twist at the end, which really pulls the rug from under you. I will be honest and say it was a bit slow going to begin with, but it is definitely worth c
Kate (Nomalicious Reads)
YAY I love you Netgalley!

More reviews can be found at my blog Nomalicious Reads

I was beyond excited when I saw Beyond the Grave on Netgalley, and very happy that I was lucky enough to be accepted to read it; since I've been eagerly waiting for this third installment in Mara Purnhagen's Past Midnight series.

"I never should have sent my boyfriend to the electric chair"

Is the very first line that had my mouth opening in shock thinking 'what the?' and then eagerly flipping the pages to find out wh
Sep 27, 2011 Vicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC free from NetGalley for an honest opinion.

My opinion is - read this book. This is book three in a series. Unfortunately, I haven't read the first two, but I definitely will. You can read this one without having to read the first two to understand the story.

the main character, Charlotte, is struggling to deal with her mother's coma, college, and more. She and her family are ghost debunkers - they explain hauntings as faked, or with natural explanations. Unfortunately, it doesn
Aug 21, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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After devouring the first two books in the Past Midnight series, I couldn't wait to read the third one. Because not only did the second leave off with a semi-huge cliffhanger but also because there's just so many aspects I adore about this series. Luckily, Beyond the Grave was yet another fabulous addition. It was actually probably my favorite one so far!

Beyond the Grave starts off a couple of months after One Hundred Candles left off. Charlotte is still reeling with the fact that her Mom is in
Aug 02, 2011 Brob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I found the first book in this series to be “ok” and the second book really piqued my interest in the series with the curveball that happened in the end (see my reviews in the archives). I was a little apprehensive about the plot of this installment. **Spoilers** The second book doesn’t end well with Charlotte’s mom having sustained a severe head injury. I felt like this book could be a major growing part for the characters or it would be really depressing with the loss of suc ...more
Feb 17, 2013 CatchTheseWords rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great ending to a sometimes scary and often fun series.

Charlotte's mother is still in a coma because of what happened at the end of One Hundred Candles. Her dad spends most of his time in the hospital, her sister is away at college and Charlotte is trying to hold everything together by going to a community college close to home. Not to mention that the mum of her boyfriend is about to get married to Shane, a guy who works for her parents and is like part of the family. Confused alread
Aug 13, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the seconnd book that I have read in this series. I would love to read the others. It stands alone, but does mention things from the other books.
The book starts with Charoltte saying,"I never should have sent my boyfriend to the electric chair."
Noah is strapped to a electric chair at Southern Penitentiary. They are are vidio taping at the closed prison to finsh the DVD for thier work.
Mr. Pate is the prison historian says it is not hard to sit in the chair. So they hooked him up but he c
Mary Chrapliwy
Sep 24, 2011 Mary Chrapliwy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
This book grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go. This is actually book three in a series, but I can honestly say, from the standpoint of not having read books one and two, that you can read this one without having to read the first two to understand the story. That said, this book was so good that I plan to read the first two books.

Charlotte and her family and crew work to debunk haunted house and building stories. In a flashback, we learn that the previously hauntings they investigat
I'm going to have to tone down my geekthusiam while writing this review because quite frankly, I thought this book was awesome. It's one of the best in the Past Midnight series so far, in my humble opinion.

If you couldn't guess from my earlier statement, I loved this book. I loved that it was such a quick & easy read. Also great was that we get a deeper look into the character of Bliss, someone that many will recognize as the former Queen of Mean that she used to be in some of the previous b
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Review from my blog Much Loved Books

Beyond the Grave picks up a few months after One Hundred Candles. Charlotte's Mum still in hospital and her relationship with Noah is going well. However she is suffering from panic attacks from her experience with the Watcher.
Charlotte's Dad is spending time at the care home where her Mum is, and Shane and Trisha are making plans to get married.
To help pick up some slack and keep money coming in Charlotte, Shane and Noah go to an abandoned prison to film s
Aug 02, 2011 Emme rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For once, I will not offer up a three-page review. I received an ARC I received from NetGalley.

I am at a significant disadvantage because I have not read the previous titles in this series. I had nothing invested in Charlotte, her family and friends. Charlotte did not interest me enough in this story to develop an investment. I get that she was traumatized by past events, but she still came across as rather bland, as did her relationship with Noahl.

The pacing was quite slow through most of the b
Jan 11, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond the Grave is the last book in the series, and I am going to miss it! That being said, this book was not my favorite of the series. While it was still a great read, it seemed to lack a little of the punch the previous installments had. For the epic conclusion of the series, I think I expected a little more action and, while there was action, I just think the story would have felt fuller with more. There was such a build up throughout the previous novels and novellas that it left me feeling ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this e-ARC courtesy of NetGalley for review.

I started reading the Past Midnight series probably earlier this year and totally became addicted! Mara Purnhagen writes a terrific series, its dark, edgy, has a nice creep factor and the characters are enjoyable as well!

Beyond the Grave--which might be the last in the series if I'm remembering right--was fantastic!! The events of One Hundred Candles was by far the most shocking I've seen! Those events have a key effect on the whole story of
Sep 14, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
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My Opinion:

This story was quite a ride. From her mother being hospitalized to her boyfriend suddenly becoming violent,Charlotte is on one big roller coaster. She loves her mother and is trying to do everything in her power to get her mother out of the coma she suffered from in the attack that happened to the family. No one has quite recovered. There is not much communication with her father so she relies mostly on her other family members for support along with her boyfriend,Noah. As it turns ou
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I wish I can say that I liked this book more, but I didn't. I have been following this series from the very beginning. And while the first two books I enjoyed immensely, I felt like this book did nothing but repeat itself. Another haunting, more dealing with drama with friends, and boyfriend drama. I was hoping that I get more different element in this book. I still love the paranormal aspect to it but of course wanted something new added as well.

What I liked most about this book are the charact
Princess Bookie
Aug 24, 2011 Princess Bookie rated it liked it
Shelves: read2011
My Thoughts: Oh gosh!! I really have enjoyed this series. I gave the first book 4 cupcakes, the second book 5 cupcakes, and now the third book 3 cupcakes. I just didn't love this one as much as the others.

We are back with Charlotte and her sticky life. After the last book, her mother is still in a coma, her dad's still pining away trying to be there in case she wakes up, Charlotte is trying to figure out what is going on with her boyfriend Noah, and Annalise is away at college. Oh, and Noah's m
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Three months ago a demon-like entity attacked Charlotte’s family and friends, leaving them all injured. Her boyfriend Noah came out of the deal with an unfading bruise that, to this day, reminds Charlotte of the attack, making her feel guilty all over again. Charlotte’s scar on the palm of her hand is slowly fading. And although both her parents were also hurt, her mother got the worst of it. Still in a coma from the severe head inj
Sep 01, 2011 Hmr28 rated it it was amazing
LOVED This book. Sadly it is STILL not available at Barnes and Noble stores. Very annoying. I am not sure why BN is not carrying it but it can't be good for sales for this awesome book. I bought it for my Nook but was trying to get a copy for my young cousin at three of my local stores. Alas, she is not going to get to read it because I can't get a physical copy of it! I have noticed this happening more and more often. It must suck to be the authors and have bookstores cutting back so much on ca ...more
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Mara Purnhagen cannot live without a tall caramel latte, her iPod, or a stack of books on her night stand. She has lived in Aurora, Illinois; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Dayton, Ohio and Duncan, South Carolina. She presently lives outside Cleveland, Ohio with her family and two cats.

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