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Beyond the Grave

(Past Midnight #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  529 ratings  ·  83 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. B
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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
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
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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 rated it liked it
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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
This took a weird turn compared to the first two books. The idea of (view spoiler) felt so out of place with everything else that had been established. The execution in general of the plot was just not well done. There were so many parts to the storyline and it never really came together like it should have. I’m still confused about (view spoiler) ...more
Jai Rahim
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Finished book 3, and am still bugged by the open-ending in book 1.5 which was never subsequently wrapped up in any of the remaining books in the series. Why??? I’m so confused!
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalleybooks
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
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-releases
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* YA Paranormal


Beyond the Grave (Past Midnight #3) takes place four months after the end of One Hundred Candles (Past Midnight # 2) and thus, I would highly recommend reading that book first before continuing this series.

Four Months ago, Charlotte Silver swore off paranormal investigations after her mother Karen was attacked by the Watcher and put in a coma. Her father basically lives in Karen’s hospital room, and has given up any attempts at continuing his life long wo
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
Beyond the Grave by Mara Purnhagen

My Summary:

Charlotte Silver’s life hasn’t been the same since she witnessed her vision the other side and the watcher still thinks she should be punished for it. Her parents were paranormal debunkers, that is until they encountered the real thing. But that life was put on hold after the watcher almost killed her mother. Charlotte was going to community college instead of leaving for school. Her Dad, lost and separate, spent all his time at the care facility with
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 books
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it

I feel that judging a cover of a book, by a small picture on my computer screen just isn't fair. Since, I only read Beyond the Grave, in e-book form, I don't believe it would be right.


In Beyond the Grave, I really liked all of the characters; they all seemed real and down to earth. There was no mean girl, or jerk.

Charlotte, the main character, is someone I could easily be friends with. Noah, is the biggest sweetheart. Bliss, even though her and Charlotte never got along in high
usagi ☆ミ
I have to say, out of all of the books in the series, I think I like (what looks to be) this final piece of the story. However, I do feel like the final battle with the Watcher could have been a whole lot bigger than it was, which is why this didn’t get a higher rating from me. Regardless, Purnhagen definitely did a great job tying up all of the loose ends, and opens the door for another story in this universe. Whether she’ll be doing more in the “Past Midnight” world has yet to be seen, but I c ...more
Emily WilowRaven
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
I absolutely loved book 1 of this series and book 2 was equally awesome. Sorry to say, I was a little disappointed with Beyond the Grave, book 3. I still really enjoyed it but I didn't love it as much as books 1 and 2.

The main reason I didn't love Beyond the Grave was the fact that it wasn't really a ghost story anymore. Too much random paranormal elements for my tastes. The basics that made books 1 and 2 great were still there - the same characters and some of the same types of situ
For more of the review: http://lili-lost-in-a-book.blogspot.c...

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
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, ya, horror
When I pick up a book in the Past Midnight series, I have problems putting it down. They are such short, fun reads, but are so thrillingly creepy that I have to keep on turning pages even as I am looking over my shoulder.

Although I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did with the two others before, it was still a satisfying read that had genuine scares. Charlotte is still a likeable heroine who is brave, loyal, even if she does suffer occasionally from the ostrich syndrome where she pretends tha
Princess Bookie
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
Paula  Phillips
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
"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
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read book 2 but I had no problem falling back into Charlotte's world. This book was a little slower than the previous books but I felt like it matched the wait-and-see mentality that the entire Silver family was forced to take after Charlotte's mother was injured and left in a coma. You know, "slower" isn't quite right. It was languid. It unfurled in bits and pieces. It gave me the feeling you get when something momentous happens and the world is rushing by you while yo ...more
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third and final addition to this series, and a fairly good read although not my favourite book of the trilogy. I found myself being frustrated sometimes with Charlotte's inability to see what was going on in front of her. The book has a few twists and turns, but I had guessed them all before they happened and was just waiting for our heroine to catch up. The ending does wrap everything up nicely though.

The story starts shortly after One Hundred Candles left off, and there is a novella "Haunt
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 w
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Spoiler alert. If you have not read the first few books in the series I highly recommend not reading this review. Unless of course you are curious about what happens, than go for it.

While I did find most of the book uninteresting, I loved the ending, which sold it for me. I mean, there was only a little snippet of an investigation in the very begginning, and while I understand Charlottes mom is in the hospital so her father doesnt really feel like the team is there, but I really enjoy the inves
Oh my! How do I even start? When last we left Charlotte Silver, her mom was in a coma and the Watcher had been subdued.

As you dive into Beyond the Grave, there is immediate intrigue with the mysterious Michael and Noah’s never healing bruise. As Charlotte starts her first semester at college, her mom is still in a coma and has until January before the doctors say they will need to discuss other “options”.

Charlotte and Shane try to keep the family business together while her dad spends every waki
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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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Past Midnight (3 books)
  • Past Midnight (Past Midnight, #1)
  • One Hundred Candles (Past Midnight, #2)

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