Thursday, September 27, 2018

Book Review: 'Girl Unseen' by Athena Daniels

Australian author Athena Daniels has special interests and talents in metaphysics and natural therapies and is a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner, life coach, and feng shui specialist. The very beautiful Athena extends her thinking into explorations of what more there is to life as we understand it, and all of this adds interest to her literary talent for writing romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Athena’s books include DESPERATE, THE ALCHEMIST’S SON, THE SEER’S DAUGHTER and this book GIRL UNSEEN which is actually Book 3 in her ‘Beyond the Grave series.

To create a romance integrating paranormal qualities can be a challenge, but it is a challenge Athena seems to come by naturally. She offers a sense of understanding the paranormal subject matter – more that just a rich imagination – and that may be related to her other life interests that infuse her writing. She molds her characters well, allows the reality of those who have no appreciation or belief in the ‘beyond the grave’ world to grow and interact with those who do believe and in mastering this conundrum she manages to instill her mystery with palpable and erotic physical interactions.

Her synopsis explains the outline of the story well: ‘Some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried…Pia has made a dead girl a promise. One that she is determined to keep. But is she prepared for the nightmare that’s about to be unleashed? When Pia Williams, a gifted psychic medium, is contacted by the traumatized spirit of a young girl, her search to uncover the truth begins. The more Pia learns about the girl’s gruesome fate, the more determined she is to bring those responsible to justice. But is she prepared for the shocking truth of what she’s about to expose? With more questions than answers, one thing becomes clear to Pia: the girl’s spirit is uniquely powerful, and she’s killing from beyond the grave. Who—or what—is the girl now? A victim, or a demon with murderous intentions? What really happened to her? And how far will Pia go to help her get revenge? Accused of a murder the spirit commits, Pia reaches out to the only man who can help her: ex-Special Forces detective Nate Ryder. A man who is as dangerous to her heart as the situation she seeks his help with. Nate would move mountains for the woman he loves, but how can he protect her against forces he can’t even see? As Pia and Nate are swept into an unpredictable situation brimming with dark, evil intent, they soon discover they have more to fear from the living than they ever did from the dead’

Yes, part of the beauty of this book is the setting in Australia – a place that those of us who have not visited long to see! This is a beautifully molded novel, one that challenges credibility until we release disbelief and simply enjoy the story. Grady Harp, May 17

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