The Scream Behind Her Smile

A thrilling and emotionally gripping novel of love, marriage, deception and… murder. 

“An unforgettable thrill-ride that had me hooked from the first page. Secrets, lies, betrayal and passion.” 5 Stars

  • It’s one thing to discover your husband is not who you believe him to be.
  • It’s another thing entirely to prove it.
  • The only question now, is how far he will go to protect his secrets.

“A poignant manifesto about modern relationships and the damaging mindset so many women still hold to this day.

Daniels’ masterful control of the narrative, and the unwavering tone of the writing, make for an edge-of-your-seat read comprising a whirlwind of raw emotion.

The Scream Behind Her Smile is both thrilling and thought-provoking, and particularly timely given the current cultural moment, from an author who has earned her acclaim.”

Self-Publishing Review ★★★★

The Scream Behind Her Smile

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…

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“Athena Daniels has spun a spell-binding story that is sure to seduce fans of suspense and give them a jolly good time. Her compelling writing style coupled with elements of high drama and disturbing characters makes for an emotionally intense read. Athena Daniels has a new fan in me!” 

★★★★★ 5 Stars Readers Favorite

The Scream Behind Her Smile 

A thrilling and emotionally gripping novel of love, marriage, deception and… murder. 

Secrets, lies, betrayal and passion.

“Athena has written a psychological thriller that had my heart in my throat from the opening scene. At times the intensity was such that I had to put the book down and take a deep breath.” 

★★★★★ 5 Stars, Claire’s Reads and Reviews 

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