The Scream Behind Her Smile: A Romantic Thriller Kindle Edition
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An emotionally gripping psychological thriller, this is a novel of love, marriage,deception and murder.
As I lie here in my front hallway, in the place where it all began, I wonder what would have happened if I'd never opened the door that afternoon?
Would she have gone somewhere else? Would she have swept off in another direction, an alternative reality where our lives would never have crossed paths?
And now I'm lying here, blood pooling beneath my body, deep crimson smears on cold white tiles, remembering every sordid moment in vivid detail.
There's a shadow standing over me.
"I want you to die here, slowly and alone." Her voice is cold, emotionless. "And I want you to use the time to think about what you did. And when you take your last breath, I want you to realize it's all your fault. All of it!"
I drift in and out of consciousness and wonder if I had my chance to do it over again, if I had the choice, would I choose not to open the door that day?
Even after everything, I know that I would.
I'd go through it all again, and then some, if it meant the chance to be with Zach just one more time...
- A thrilling and emotionally charged novel of love,marriage, deception and murder.
- File Size : 4057 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 284 pages
- ASIN : B07PDYYX2R
- Publication Date : April 12, 2019
- Publisher : Sunset Coast Publishing (April 12, 2019)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0648509419
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #487,038 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In the midst of all of this, there's a love story for the ages, something that wraps right around your heart and melts it. It's beautiful and sweet and super sexy, and he's exactly the type of bad boy gone good that every woman would love to find. And he supports and defends Claire in ways that she needs. And all of the secondary characters are perfect in their roles. Some of them you want to know more about, while others you just can't help but hate.
I don't know how the author is going to top this, but I can't wait to see what she does next.
(Here's a bit of the plot, but no big spoilers--I promise.)
Claire is barely existing, still grieving over the death of her little girl three years earlier. Struggling to break free from depression and medication, her tenuous recovery is threatened by her manipulative husband (Derek) and the sudden arrival of a beautiful and mysterious house guest--an "old school friend" of Derek's. Claire is immediately suspicious of Jasmine and rightly so, for secrets lie just beneath the surface of the woman's quick smiles.
When Claire realizes that Derek's feelings for Jasmine are much more than friendly, she decides to leave him and seek a divorce. But Derek vows to stop her--no matter what it takes--because he and Jasmine are enmeshed in a nefarious scheme that depends on Claire for its success and their survival. If she leaves, someone will die.
As she fights for her freedom, Claire is befriended by Zach Argos, a successful artist with deep secrets of his own, who mitigates the sins of his past by rescuing homeless children and housing them in the Village, a cluster of cabins in the woods. Zach is a hero to die for--a dark and brooding man with a kind and generous heart. (He's also gorgeous, in case you wondered.) The undeniable attraction between Claire and Zach culminates in steamy sex almost hot enough to melt my Kindle!
But their newfound happiness is soon threatened by criminals as the plot twists and turns through a labyrinth of lies, greed and breathtaking suspense, leading to . . .
I'm going no further. Don't miss this compelling story of love's power to heal . . . to survive . . . to flourish despite overwhelming odds. With memorable settings in Perth, Australia, where the Swan River meets the southwest coast, this beautifully written novel richly deserves five breathtaking stars! Kudos to the author and her entire team.
Top reviews from other countries
Claire's husband Derek is unlikable from the first chapters and just becomes more despicable as the story unfolds. From beginning to end he unveils himself as a detestable character.who I continued to hope would get exactly what he deserved.
Zach is another great character, with many layers and a few surprising secrets. I loved the relationship that grew between Claire and Zach, I think I fell in love with him myself. One of my favourite secondary characters was Claire's assistant Kira, I loved her loyalty and her no bullshit approach, what a great friend Claire had in her.
This novel kept me hooked from start to finish with heart stopping moments, a few laugh-out-loud moments, plenty of twists and turns, betrayal and murder, in a romantic psychological thriller that will definitely be in my top 10 reads of the year. I didn't see half of what happened coming and was still shaking my head in disbelief at the end.
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
Athena Daniels has done a brilliant job with this book .