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Piercing Through the Darkness [Kindle Edition]

Emerald Barnes
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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?

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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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 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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15 of 15 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 15 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful And Heart Pounding All In A Book August 12, 2013
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Piercing Through The Darkness is a short read that I instantly clicked onto the moment I started to read it. I'm usually not all into the books that are not paranormal YA, but this is a perfect excuse. So, my rating is five stars! :)
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7 of 7 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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6 of 6 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid psychological drama February 22, 2012
Piercing Through the Darkness by Emerald Barnes is a thrilling story that takes us into the mind of a man that lost his wife and child to a car accident, and into the mind of the young woman that caused the accident but can't remember it.

What happens when a man, that thinks that he has nothing left to live for, finds that the woman responsible for the state of his life is one of his students? What happens when a woman starts a new class in college and perceives immediately that her teacher hates her to an inch of her life but has no idea why? What is a cop to do when he knows that the young woman he loves could potentially be in grave danger in this situation but can't do anything about it without revealing the truth to her? What happens is the thrilling psychological drama Piercing Through the Darkness by Emerald Barnes, a thoroughly enjoyable story, with excellent character development, interesting and original plot, and a very cohesive story line - a book I highly recommend!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars YA Suspense
Short, sweet, fast read. I liked how she used the point of view of the three main characters, especially the villain. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Morgan
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 5 months ago by Karen
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 9 months ago by Bex 'N' Books
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 15 months ago by Clare Chu
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Revenge...Then Forgiveness?
One of the advantages of ebooks is that more novellas are able to be published with no problem. Although not as detailed, this story did not need to be longer. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Glenda A Bixler
4.0 out of 5 stars Some memories are better off forgotten... or are they?
YA Suspense, Thriller, Christain Fiction

Kandi doesn't understand why her collage professor hates her. She can't remember ever meeting him before joining his class. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lynn Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars One big suspense ride
From page one Piercing Through the Darkness is one suspense ride after another. Emerald Barnes does not disappoint in keeping each thrill going. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Piercing through the darkness
This was one amazing book by Emerald Barnes. Her main character of Kandi, takes us on an emotional journey. All the characters are going through their journey. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sylvia Stein
4.0 out of 5 stars A good look at loss
A very good story about loss. You feel for both people. The author did a great job of making you feel the pain of loss. Looking forward to more books from this author.
Published 19 months ago by Rick
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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 the author of two books. She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! Her short story, Wishes, was published by Phyllis Scott Publishing in their book, Blue Legs and other Coming of Age stories. She also has a few short stories available.

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 two 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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