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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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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
One-lie-is-enough-to-question-all-truths

This was an interesting read and very different from what I was originally expecting here.
This had so many actual twists and turns that it managed to capture my attention so effortlessly.
It was well written a page-turner that really was addictive reading.
Claire as a character I felt for her so much, her backstory in regards to her daughter made my own heart hurt so much.
But for sure she certainly was a lousy judge of character.
She has surrounded herself with toxic relationships from her so-calle
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Linda Strong
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS

It begins with a woman lying in a pool of blood in the hallway of her home. Drifting in and out of consciousness, she remembers how it all began. Knowing what she knows, would she still open that door?

Claire is a woman still grieving the loss of her young daughter three years ago and is just now seeing the fog disappear and taking an interest in living again.

Her husband has lied to her, cheated, got another woman pregnant, turned her friends against her. When she decides to pack her ba
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Claire
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
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Allyson
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Goodness I really don't know where to start about my feelings for this book. They are all over the place, I feel sorrow, rage, happiness, love ...so many emotions!!! Claire bless her heart, there were times I wanted to reach into the book and slap her but then I would remember her life before now. Then I wanted to reach in and strangle her stupid a!! husband. THENNNNNN I wanted to reach in and grab Zach and hug the hell out of him!! Everyone needs a Zach in their life one way or another. There w ...more
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.
Jac K
I read two random books yesterday, The Scream Behind Her Smile and Promises Made: Promises Kept?. They are completely different genres, but by chance, had several similarities… doormat h trying to find her spine; awful/vile husband/OW combo, and a second chance at romance. Both are free to read with KU.

The Scream Behind Her Smile is a mystery thriller-ish drama that follows Claire, a 28-year-old designer who is struggling to cope with the death of her 5-yr old. The book begins with a foreshadowi
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amberreadsromance
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!
ARC

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.
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
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Amanda Richardson
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be ready for lots of twists and turns in Athena Daniels' The Scream Behind Her Smile. Claire and Derek have been together for a decade. She believes they are still in love. They have worked, not always together, to mostly overcome a tragedy - they lost their five-year-old daughter three years ago. Life is different, but their marriage works.
Until it doesn't. Until Jasmine, a supposed old friend of Derek's, shows up at the door ready to move into their guest room. Claire doesn't know this woman a
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Willow Madison
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well written suspense romance. I liked Claire and Zach, thought Derek was a believable drip/asshole. The twists felt original and not forced, not overly done, although the suspense could've been amped up a bit more. The bunny boiler bit was cliche, but worked.

I didn't particularly love the Prologue, as I felt it revealed too much in way of the direction the story was going. Without it, I think the suspense would've been stronger - the waiting for the shoe to drop sort of thing was there, but
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Joanne
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, arc
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
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Dianna
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WARNING slight SPOILERS
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
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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
Melissa Borsey
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally, a story about a woman who knows her worth and fights for what she wants and deserves. I loved how the suspense ramped up through the story keeping my interest from beginning to end. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
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
kk
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
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Oralee
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
Stephanie
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
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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
Denise
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
Disney
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
Laura Oden
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not what I expected... the beginning started out exiting and it only built up from there. It took twists and turns that were unexpected and that is what I appreciate in books when it turns it all around in a way that is not easily predictable definitely a really great read!!!
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.
Darlene
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Many twists and turns. Compelling
Cheyenne  A. Korman
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Charlotte Brackett
Thank you to the author and the publisher for the advanced copy of this very good thriller!

I knew from the prologue that this was going to be good. To be fair, that's a prologue's job. But still. That very short intro gave me just what was needed to get me hooked and excited for what was ahead.

I read this book in three days. Which is relatively quick when traveling and being out and about all day. I read during every chance I got: on planes, on trains, at restaurants, while resting for a few min
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