When Darkness Follows
Beyond The Grave | Book Four
The only eyewitness to a murder can’t remember a thing…
Rachel Sommers and her two best friends don’t believe anything will happen when they sneek onto the haunted shipwreck in the middle of the night. Why would they? Ghosts don’t actually exist…
Rachel and her friends disturb something that night. Something diabolical. And now one of her friends is dead, the other is missing, and Rachel’s memory of the night is gone. There’s only one thing she knows for sure. Whatever killed her friend has followed her home.
The only man who can save her is the one she swore she’d never see again…
Ex-Special Forces detective Daniel Smith took the case the moment Rachel’s name appeared on his screen. Rachel is the only woman he’s ever loved, but he keeps his distance to protect them both. This time, however, he can’t walk away. He won’t risk losing Rachel again, but before they can overcome the demon hunting her, they must both confront the demons they carry within.
When Rachel becomes eerily ensnared with the dark history of the ghost ship, Daniel is prepared to risk everything to save the woman he loves. But how can he protect her against an enemy, weapons can’t touch?
When Darkness Follows
Beyond The Grave | Book Four
Praise for Girl Unseen
Silver Medal – Readers Favorite
Literary Titan, Silver Book Award
5 Stars (TRR) THE ROMANCE REVIEWS – TOP PICK
“Girl Unseen is the third instalment of Daniel’s Beyond the Grave series and a fantastic addition at that. The novel offers suspense, twists, action, and romance – everything a story needs to make it impossible to put down.
In the first chapter, we meet the Debunking Reality crew and witness a murder. I was instantly sucked into the story by such a riveting beginning! I immediately wanted finish the novel so I could find out what happened! Each page kept me wanting to read more as Pia uncovered more and more about Sarah’s past and death.
The plot of Girl Unseen kept me guessing the entire time. The majority of the novel is from Pia’s point of view, so we only know what she knows. As she tried to solve Sarah’s mystery, I tried to guess along with her, but was surprised every time. Occasionally, Daniel switched to Nate’s point of view to give us another perspective. This helped me immerse myself in the story, because I was seeing characters and situations through different eyes.
Daniel’s characters are well-developed! They seemed like real-life people you could meet anywhere. Every character had a defined personality, and their actions reflected that.”
“Pia, the psychic medium we met in the first two books, is witness to a murder when she and the rest of the team are filming a show. The only trouble is, the murderer is a ghost. Which leaves her and the team in trouble. She makes a call that she never thought she would, to Nate–the detective that she met six months before. Happy to receive a call he never thought would happen, Nate drops everything to go and help her, but soon realises that there is more going on than meets the eye… quite literally.
Athena Daniels has once again done a magnificent job of creating chilling situations that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. The pacing is smooth, with no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed, but then I was completely hooked in the story. I have to say – the doll? FREAKED ME OUT!!! And yet I couldn’t stop reading, that is how hooked I was. This is a strong book, with a horrific situation talked about in enough detail to shock and sadden, but without it being gratuitous.
As previously said, you could read this as a standalone, but seriously, why do that? You are missing out on an amazing author and creepy, paranormal, scary stories that are also full of hope. Absolutely recommended by me.”
“Athena Daniels has delivered a captivating read in Girl Unseen. Athena Daniels has earned and cemented her place among the best paranormal and romance authors I have come across. She has mastered the art of bringing her characters to life and keeping them human and relatable. For example, Pia, the pivotal character, has all these powers and yet she remains vulnerable. Athena Daniels has mastered the art of blending the extraordinary with the ordinary to create a perfect character that readers can easily connect with. And even more, she has mastered the art of capturing moments so the reader can feel the characters’ raw emotions at every turn.” 5 Stars, Readers Favorite, Official Review, Faridah Nassozi
Athena Daniels has a powerful voice which comes across neatly and clearly, pulling the reader into a somewhat unnerving world where the dead meet the living. Her characters are very compelling and memorable… The writing is lofty, crisp, and highly descriptive. The story seems to flow very naturally, but the plot is complex, leaving readers with a lot of spooky, “Oh no,” and “wow” moments.” 5 Stars, Readers Favorite, Official Review, Romuald Dzemo“
Girl Unseen is a powerfully emotional book; the story of Sarah, the spirit who Pia has to help find peace, is absolutely heartwrenching. Athena Daniels has a genuine gift for writing supernatural events fitting into the everyday in a believable way, and for writing two people finding love with each other in the midst of extraordinary events.
I loved Girl Unseen just as much as I loved the first two in the series, and I will highly recommend them to anyone who likes romance and the paranormal.5 Stars, Brutally Honest Reviews
“…one of the spookiest paranormal stories I’ve read in some time and that’s saying quite a lot considering I grew up reading Poe, Lovecraft and Machen.”Jack, 5 Star Readers Favorite.
“Athena Daniels has some impressive skills as a writer, capable of capturing a sense of the mystical or paranormal, while also couching the bizarre events and characters within real life. By creating a new niche in the genre of the paranormal, Daniels accomplishes something truly special in this new installment of the series. With every turn of the page, it is uncertain whether it will reveal a twist in the plot, a humorous interaction, or a philosophical musing by one of the characters. This wide range of content and style makes Girl Unseen dynamic and difficult to put down.” ★★★★½
EXCERPT, Girl Unseen
Pia was sitting and staring out the window of the recently renovated lighthouse keeper’s cottage when she and the entity finally connected.
Though Pia’s physical body was in the room, her mind was elsewhere, listening to a tragic echo from long ago. Images, objects, places, were coming to her. She strained to listen, struggled to find coherence in the disjointed pictures
pressing into her mind.
Reaching out through an otherworldly resonance, a hazy imprint of souls departed, Pia found a clarity. The spirit who sought her. As though it were her own, anguish tore through Pia’s body. Such heartbreaking despair. A sense of
hopelessness, bitter loneliness. Abject misery.
Who was calling out to her? A woman? No, younger… a girl.
The footsteps crossing the attic were hers.
There was something important, something urgent, the girl wanted Pia to know. The cause of her pain.
What is it? Tell me.
Concentrating harder, Pia pressed her fingertips over her eyes. Her chest squeezed, and she felt overwhelmed with suffering not her own. She had to push through the thick saturation of emotion, reach out through the anguish with her mind.
The girl was crying. Not a trickle of tears, but huge, gut-wrenching sobs, the kind that ripped your heart out.
What happened to you?
A door slammed, and Pia jumped, the sound coming from overhead momentarily confusing the past and present.
Lowering her head into her hands, Pia retrained her focus.
Ignored the pain she felt as keenly as though it were her own.
Show me a little more. Just enough to see.
The blade of a knife, an ornate wooden handle carved into the shape of an eagle.
A mouse. A filthy, soiled mattress. A doll with long blonde hair. Shackles and chains.
And blood, so much blood…..
EXCERPT, Girl Unseen
He took a step toward her, closing the distance she’d put between them. “I don’t understand the problem,” he repeated.
“Look, Nate.” Pia began. Swallowed. Calm down, you idiot! He’s just a man. “I don’t want to sound rude, or appear ungrateful—”
“It’s okay. I’m used to it.”
Pia inwardly winced at his reference to their conflict six months ago, but she caught a hint of humor in his eyes. “I’m sorry. Truly. And I’m sorry about that last time I saw you as well. There’s just something about you that…” Pia broke off, searching for the right word.
Nate’s lip twitched. “Yeah. There’s something about you too.”
Pia glanced up, and their eyes held a moment. It was nice to think Nate might be just as confused about her as she was about him.
“I appreciate you coming, Nate. For getting me out of there.” She waved her hand in the direction of the station. “But I really want to go to Mark and the team.”
To the familiar. To where she could breathe and get her thoughts under control.
“They’ll be as worried about me as I am about them,” she added.
He eyed her, released a breath. “If that’s what you want.”
It was what she needed. “It is.”
“Then that’s where we’ll go.” He paused, then grinned. “You know, you’re still as frustrating as you always were.”
A smile kicked at the corners of her lips. “Likewise.”
Across the street, a young girl was watching them closely. Pia saw her out of the corner of her eye, but when she turned to look, the girl was no longer there.
She’d gotten only a glimpse of pale skin, a black vacant stare. But then she heard a familiar voice in her mind.
Why won’t you help me? Why won’t anyone help me?
It was the entity. And it seemed to have fixated on Pia. It was following her.
Who—or what—was Sarah? And what did she want?….