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The Scream Behind Her Smile

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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
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Published April 12th 2019 by Sunset Coast Publishing
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What can I possibly say about this book to convey how much I loved it. I was lucky enough to read the first two drafts of this novel and they both blew me away, but this final copy, wow, 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. At others I wanted to reach in and slap Derek, her husband so badly I was clenching my jaw and gasping in disbelief.

I became c
Lori Hammons
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG, this story was so gripping, I could not put it down! Chapter 12 will bring on the tears, and is the pivotal point for Claire. His book is riveting and I love it.
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
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.
Grant Leishman
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

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. Claire is a successful designer to the stars and the elite in Western Australia but her clothing design has served a greater purpose than just fame. It was what saved her from the morass of grief over the death from brain cancer of her little baby girl. After three years of hell, during which time she struggled to
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
5 stars!

Wow! What a suspenseful ride! This was my first time reading a book by this author so I didn’t know what to expect. This was filled with lies, betrayal, and passion! Definitely recommended.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, reviewed
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 t
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On that note, this book was a page turner! I cant tell you the emotions I felt while I was reading this, but Ill try anyway. First off, I wanted to bitch slap Jasmine and that husband of Claire's....but more to Jasmine. The disrespect that went on. Flirting with Claire's husband in her presence and that jerk taking "his friend's" side rather than respecting his wife..OMG! Then there's Zach...Ill just leave at that. Theres always something about a dark,mysterious bad boy th
Kris Saluga
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC

Holey moley!!!! This book had my emotions in an uproar!!!! I felt what the characters felt and the situations they were going through, especially Claire and the tragedy that hits her, it felt so real and that I was going through them too. I won't spoil any more details but I have to recommend this book to anyone who needs an emotional jolt. Well written story and I want more LOL
Cyndi  Flores
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely amazing. I could not put it down. If you like a suspenseful book, with romance and a great story this is it.
The story line moves fast, and you don't get bored at all. There are several twists, and parts that leave your jaw dropped to the floor! I found myself getting angry at some of the characters, while loving others, absolutely great writing, great story.
Tanis Owen
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She's done it again! This book was another I couldn't put down. It sucks that some hits really close to home, but because it's relateable, it made it a little hard to read in some areas. I pushed thru it and enjoyed a wonderfully written love story that shows anything is possible if you only try. I can't say I wouldn't have done some of the same things she did. Everyone should read this book and learn something from it, in my opinion. Thanks for the sad (keep tissues handy), but lovely read Athe ...more
Dawn Yacovetta
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is her best work yet. It not only touches on themes like domestic violence and psychological abuse, but it gives us a true picture of what so many women go through when they have no control over their own financial and physical lives. There’s a continuing lethargy when it comes to homelessness. Our minds and hearts have a tendency to want to turn away, but that only reinforces the problem. This story brings so much into the light, and it forces eyes open to a growing problem. And th ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading a book by this author. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be a severe understatement! I became hooked from the first page and actually devoured this book in one sitting!

The characters were raw and real, and you can definitely feel and relate to them. I really liked writing style and psychological touch author gave to the storyline and characters. It was wonderful to read how Claire found her true self, her strength and happiness she deserved after everything s
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Its been a long time since I stayed up all night reading a book but this one did it to me. This fast paced exciting romantic thriller grabbed me from the stop and I really could not put it down. Athena uses a mixture of deep and intriguing characters and suspense filled action to hook her readers and keep them hanging on. From the opening scene where we see a woman dying on the floor to the dramatic explanation of the betrayal and lies you will be enthralled. Usually I am not that intereste ...more
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to say about this book. I have to say Ms. Daniels did an excellent job with the writing. My emotions were all over the place and I didn't know if I wanted to chuck Jasmine or Derek maybe both into an acid bath but that in itself would be too good for them. The betrayal and deception of a husband especially after the tragedy they went through was saying a lot. I have to say Claire got her groove back and you have to applaud her vitality. The layers to this story are mind blowing ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Hidden Gems in return for an honest review.

The book started off strong but then kind of fizzled for me. It was fascinating to see the dynamics between Claire, Derek, and Jasmine at the beginning of the book, but there was too much sexual stuff with Zach, and I felt that slowed everything down.

The book was okay. The writing was fine and there were elements of the plot that were intriguing, but this one didn't wow me like some others I've read in this gen
Denise Van plew
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one was a surprise but also seem to have a dose of whiplash from the surprises that were inside. The unpredictable fabulous story took me with it from beginning to end. The grip it had thanks to the style and the things that pop up unexpected as this unfolds had me going at times like a fine oiled tennis match hence the whiplash. Claire is the one I stuck too like glue was attached from the first while I witnessed Derek do and say some things that had me agape. I had alot of saddness until ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this as an ARC to review and I'm so glad I did!
Claire's story got really intense and went in a direction I was not expecting, and it was told incredibly well. 'Romantic thriller' is certainly an interesting combination of genres. I got really uncomfortable about halfway through because of some of the things Derek was saying and how real his character felt, but I applaud the author for it. This book was well worth the panic I felt for the main character from the prologue alone.
Cherie Melbourne
If 10 Stars Were Possible

Wow, what a great read! The whole time I was kept guessing which way the story was going and Athena kept throwing things in i didn't see coming and kept me on the edge of my seat. I love the way Athena Daniels tells a story and the characters she creates, she is most definitely my favourite thriller writer.
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
Viki Pazdur
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great book!! Different from what I usually read and I found this book so well written and mysterious and an all around great book. I would definitely recommend all to read this. The details will have you picturing everything in your head.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enveloping itself in the challenges of marriage, relationships and children, this book had me hooked early. I immediately related to the feelings of love and intense internal conflict experienced by the lead character Claire. Particularly impressive was Daniels' ability to perfectly capture how the mind of a manipulator works and the subsequent destruction woven in their path.....all the while pushing the characters to find their inner strength and power. I couldn't put this down - I mean seriou ...more
Erin Sheets
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes this book is absolutely brilliant!!! Another phenomenal masterpiece by the ever talented Athena Daniel's!

Be prepared to go on quite an emotional roller coaster...and be prepared to LOVE every single second of it! Wow!! Wow Wow!! This book Is going to be ok on my mind for quite some time! (And I mean that in the best way ever!!) FANTASTIC JOB once again Athena Daniels!!
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so engaged in this book from the very first page with the well written storyline and well detailed characters that kept me turning the pages until the very end!
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Athena Daniels is the #1 international bestselling author of the award-winning Beyond the Grave paranormal romance series and the romantic thrillers Desperate and The Scream Behind Her Smile.

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