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Piercing Through the Darkness [Kindle Edition]

Emerald Barnes
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It’s on the edge of her memory like a word on the tip of her tongue, but Kandi can’t remember what it is to save her life.

Despite being a cop, Jimmy can’t protect Kandi from the one thing that haunts her. She’s in danger and doesn’t even know it. After it happened, her brain repressed her memories of the accident, and now, she’s taking a Biology class under a man who wants to see her dead. The memories have started coming back, and it feels like she’s miles away from him. How can he protect her when she doesn’t even know she needs protecting?

Can these characters pierce their way through the darkness?

*This is novella-length, around 23,000 words.*

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About the Author

Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi (and has the accent to prove it), where she writes novels and short stories as well as blogs about writing when she isn't spending time with her nieces and nephews. She works diligently to make a name of herself and has published two young adult books, Piercing Through the Darkness and Read Me Dead. She has also been published by Phyllis Scott Publishing in their book Blue Legs and Other Coming of Age Stories. She works diligently to finish more works for publication. You can follow her blogs at or Follow her on Twitter @emeraldbarnes and on Facebook at

Product Details

  • File Size: 254 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463752601
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1IYLW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner! May 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I recently read Piercing Through the Darkness by Emerald Barnes. The book combined action with a little bit of romance. This is a book I plan on keeping in my Kindle collection.

I liked the words that the author used. It didn't have a lot of description, but enough to where you could picture things the way you wanted to envision them. It was the perfect amount. In a book I don't like too much description because I don't feel like I get to use my imagination.

The characters were very believable, and the author did a good job keeping you connected emotionally with them. It was fun to read and I hated when I had to put the book down. It was one of those books where you could keep reading and not know you had read a second chapter. The book was a real page turner and I can't wait to read more by the author!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this suspenseful and touching novella! June 24, 2013
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This is a fantastic little gem of a story! Filled with suspense and intrigue, the story follows young college student Kandi Moore as she slowly learns that the dark, suppressed memories trapped inside of her have put her in incredible danger. We get inside the head of her Biology teacher, who has every reason to hate Kandi. The reason why almost brought me to tears...I felt so sorry for him. But at the same time, I couldn't help but sympathize with Kandi and I was rooting for her to break free of the darkness. The romantic sideline to the story was beautiful, and brought a much needed calm to the overall storm of the story.

Both moving and thrilling, Piercing Through the Darkness is a novella that showcases Ms. Barnes' storytelling prowess and it definitely makes me want to read more from her.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-moving and Fueled with Emotion! September 14, 2012
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Reading "Piercing Through the Darkness" reinforces what I already knew. Emerald Barnes is a great writer! This cat and mouse game of psychological intrigue is fast-moving and fueled with emotion.

The story opens with Jonathan Chandler, a young college professor, who lost wife and young daughter in a tragic and senseless car accident. As the reader follows Jonathan's thoughts and agony, one thinks that it is he who is piercing through the darkness burrowed into his soul. The reader identifies with his pain and wants to reach out a hand to help until Jonathan meets Kandi Moore.

Kandi is a young college student who finds her way into Jonathan Chandler's classroom. Kandi is described by her family and boyfriend as emotionally fragile. She doesn't understand why Mr. Chandler doesn't like her and gives her a hard time. She can't see the truth until danger lurks and nearly takes her life in an unexpected place. At death's door, Kandi reaches through the blindness and finds the truth in "Piercing Through the Darkness".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet February 1, 2013
Jonathan Chandler, a college teacher, is mourning the lost of his family. He carries on with his life the best he can, trying to stop what's left of it from unraveling at the seams. Things don't go as smoothly as he hopes when Kandi transfers to his class. She can't understand why Jonathan dislikes her so much, or why he's so intent on making her life a living hell. And Jonathan is struggling to fight the urge to kill her. It's only till Kandi is near death that she learns the truth about Jonathan and their heart breaking connection. Piercing Through the Darkness is a psychological thriller that tugs at your heartstrings. We get a small glimpse of what people go through when they are dealing with a gut wrenching lost and how those responsible would do anything to forget.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YA Suspense February 19, 2014
By Mojo
Format:Kindle Edition
Short, sweet, fast read. I liked how she used the point of view of the three main characters, especially the villain. Without giving away the plot, it was the villain who I found most interesting and I connected with his grief. Grief has a way of twisting our minds and making us think and do things that we would not have done in our right mind. Good job, Emerald!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Read May 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A story of a man’s struggle with grief, after losing his family. His sadness deepened into anger as every day he tortured himself with their memories. You can almost feel his pain as the author takes you into his tormented mind as he half-heartedly goes about his daily work as a teacher.
Along comes Kandi into his class one day, sweet and innocent, but creeped out by Mr Chandler and his unfriendly attitude towards her. As the story flows, the author cleverly interweaves their lives, taking you on an emotional roller-coaster where you know there can be no winners in this sad situation.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in a couple of days.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The seeds of unforgivness Exaimened June 24, 2013
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While this read wasn't as long or as thrilling as this authors other Novella I must admit that it is a great look at why we as Christians need to forgive others and ourselves. The story's end was a forgone conclusion but the process of unforgiveness turning to bitterness and rage was as close to realistic as I've ever read in fiction. A bit fast paced for reality but if you can suspend that you will see the process of unforgiveness become obsession. This little read was disturbing and thought provoking in that way. I would recommend it for every young adult for a look at how unforgiveness can become obsession.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than expected! Great read! December 5, 2014
By Alicia
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I have read Emerald Barnes' other books and loved them! However, this being her first published book, I wasn't expecting a whole lot due to other reviews I read and what Emerald told me about the book. Yet Emerald Barnes never fails to blow my mind! I loved this book! I don't normally read a lot of novellas, but I liked how quick of a read this was. It felt like the perfect length for the story. It didn't need any more. It didn't need any less.

Now, I tend to focus on the negatives in a book review. The only things I can think of for this book is that it would have made more sense if Kandi forgot about the accident right away, like if she had head trauma or something. But I don't think it's unbelievable that she forgot several months after the accident. I'm pretty sure that happens to people in real life. I also thought there was a lot of description depicting the characters' everyday motions, but I realized that it helped kind of show who they were. Normally that doesn't work well in a book, but it did here because of the situation and the characters.

I really enjoyed the story telling, and I thought Emerald did a fantastic job of developing Kandi's character in such a short book. If you want a quick, enjoyable read, I would recommend this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read
This story is about guilt and pain and the struggle in overcoming loss in varying ways.

It is an interesting read to see more than one point of view and to understand... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Julie Elizabeth Powell
2.0 out of 5 stars The characters are pretty flat. The plot is predictable
Overall I found this book unsatisfying. With three main characters, one is suffering loss, one is obvious, one is concerned, you'd expect some real emotion and fireworks. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Woody
2.0 out of 5 stars kind of boring
This book just didn't hold my interest. I read it all the way through, and no real plot happened.
Simple to read, but no meat to the story.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars May be a great read for young adults, but not great for adults
I couldn't finish this book. This may be a wonderful read for young adults, but as an adult, it simply didn't make sense. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful And Heart Pounding All In A Book
Piercing Through The Darkness is a short read that I instantly clicked onto the moment I started to read it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amanda Glasgow
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable YA thriller
Reviewer: Bex
Rating: 3 out of 5 Fairies

Piercing through the Darkness follows the lives of Kandi and Jonathan, as they both embark on a journey of pain, letting go... Read more
Published 22 months ago by BEX
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful psychological study of unresolved grief and despair
This book was short but suspenseful. Jonathan's life has been ruined by a careless driver, his wife and young daughter dead on the road. Read more
Published on January 20, 2013 by Clare Chu
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More About the Author

Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.

She's constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs at and which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much!

She's an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn't imagine spending her time in any other way!

She's a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

She loves to stay in touch with her readers and to hear their stories about her work! Feel free to connect with her.

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