Girl Unseen

Beyond the Grave series #3

Fiction - Supernatural
274 Pages
Reviewed on 05/21/2017
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Author Biography

Athena Daniels is the International bestselling and award-winning author of the Beyond the Grave paranormal romance series and the romantic thriller Desperate.

In 2016, Athena was nominated for Author of the Year and Best New Author in AusRom Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

Her novel Girl Unseen, won the silver medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite® International Book Awards, and awarded Silver Medal in the Literary Titan Book Awards, 2017.

The Seer’s Daughter was the solo Medalist Winner in the Suspense/Thriller category of the 2016 New Apple Annual Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing, was a finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards, 2017, and a finalist in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite® International Book Awards.

The Seer’s Daughter was also nominated for 2016 Book of the Year and 2016 Cover of the Year in AusRom Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
The Seer’s Daughter was a Top Pick at The Romance Reviews and was featured in AusRom Today’s January 2016 top-twenty list of “Lust-Have Sci-Fi, Paranormal, and Fantasy Novelists.”

Athena has a natural curiosity about the “more” there is in life, and holds several qualifications in metaphysics and natural therapies. She is a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner, life coach, and feng shui specialist.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Girl Unseen: Beyond the Grave series #3 is a paranormal thriller novel written by Athena Daniels. Pia Williams knew that someone or something was trying to get through to her, almost from her first tentative steps into the lighthouse keeper's cottage perched on Cape Leeuwin. The family who had bought the house had dismissed the reports of hauntings, but their stay in the 1896 cottage had them rethinking their initial skepticism. Cassandra Reynolds, who was nine years old, had been most affected by the house, and her attachment to Sarah, her new “imaginary friend,” was worrying her parents. Chad and Monique Reynolds had decided to call in Debunking Reality, the paranormal investigations TV show that Pia worked with to see if they could help the family resolve the issue of the hauntings. As the team set up their equipment, they could hear glass being shattered upstairs, but Pia’s attention had been immediately captured by the anguish and misery of a young girl’s spirit. She saw disturbing images: a soiled and filthy mattress, chains and an eerie, life-like doll with long blond hair.

Athena Daniels’ paranormal thriller novel, Girl Unseen, grabs the reader’s attention from the very first paragraph and doesn’t let go until the conclusion of the story. Pia Williams is a marvelous main character whose psychic abilities have left her scarred and unable to even think of having a normal relationship with another. Her empathy for the terrifying and murderous spirit haunting the cottage is remarkable, and her courage in facing what could be a demonic power masquerading as a spirit gives this story all the tension and white-knuckled drama a paranormal fan could ask for. Her burgeoning relationship with Nate Ryder, an ex-Special Forces detective who had helped her in the past, is great fun to watch as the two alpha warriors work to confront their own issues while resolving the haunting of the young girl known as Sarah. I’m a big fan of the paranormal and was impressed by the authenticity and intensity of the plot, which works on a number of levels. Girl Unseen is the third book in Daniels’ Beyond the Grave series; however, she gives the new reader ample background to allow this book to be read on its own. But I’m betting that anyone who does start with this book will find themselves eagerly looking forward to reading the first two books in the series -- Girl Unseen is that good. Girl Unseen: Beyond the Grave series #3 is most highly recommended.

Melinda Hills

Things go horribly wrong as Pia Williams and the team from the popular paranormal investigation TV show, Debunking Reality, investigate the strange goings-on in a family’s home in Girl Unseen by Athena Daniels. The spirit disturbing the house, and especially the young girl who lives there, is powerful and Pia needs to determine if there is demonic activity involved or if this is just an extreme case of revenge. With a murder involved, local Detective Chief Inspector Darren Johnson is desperate to solve the case. Pia turns to the one person who will believe her and who has the ability to help figure out what is happening. Former Special Forces detective Nate Ryder understands that not everything that can act out can be seen and, as he helps Pia delve deeper into the mystery of Sarah, the young girl whose spirit is crying out for attention, the action gets hotter and hotter – in the case and between the two of them. Pia’s only hope is for the spirit of Sarah to trust her just enough to find the truth before anything more serious happens.

For paranormal fans, Girl Unseen can’t be beat! The depth of emotion with which Athena Daniels fills her characters provides such intensity that you feel their pain and heartache. The action moves steadily, and although it may seem slow at some points, it is a technique that only adds to the understanding of the frustration and desperation the characters feel – in the present and in the tortured life of the young girl, Sarah. There are plenty of surprises that make Girl Unseen even more exciting and the ending will have you holding your breath. This is definitely a must-read and is a perfect stand-alone even though there are two previous volumes in the Beyond the Grave series. Just make sure to leave the lights on! Fabulous read! I couldn't put this down and can't wait for more!

Sarah Stuart

In Girl Unseen: Beyond the Grave series #3, Pia Williams is a psychic medium for the Australian paranormal investigations television show, Debunking Reality. The team has been asked to banish a poltergeist so disruptive that the owners of an old fisherman’s cottage have moved out, afraid for their two young daughters. Pia is conscious of more: the presence of a terrified girl. Is she the “girl unseen” in this story of the supernatural by Athena Daniels? When a murder is committed in the house whilst it is in lock-down, Pia becomes the chief suspect. Nate Ryder, ex-Special Forces detective, gets her set free by the police without charge. How long will freedom last? Can Pia keep a promise to a dead child when her powers are muddled by Nate’s sexual attraction? Can he help the woman he loves when he doesn’t understand the forces ranged against her?

Girl Unseen: Beyond the Grave series #3 combines a supernatural mystery, thriller, and steamy romance. Athena Daniels has created such a strong story that she had me believing in ghosts and demonic entities, yet it is all set in a realistic situation. Mark, creator of the most popular reality show on television, is intent on it remaining top in the ratings. The baffled police want a speedy conviction of their murder suspect. The furious owners, whose house is badly damaged at the time of the murder, turn the scandal-hungry media against the investigator. Girl Unseen is a powerful, unpredictable novel with characters who force the reader to empathise with their pain, heartache, and passion.

Romuald Dzemo

Girl Unseen is the third book in the Beyond the Grave series by Athena Daniels, a stunning mix of romance, the supernatural, and mystery. Meet Pia Williams, a gifted psychic medium who finally gets to work with a team of like-minded persons. She is contacted by the restless spirit of a young girl and Pia is determined to find out what happened to her. The only problem is that the girl is equally determined to have her revenge and she kills as Pia struggles to uncover the truth about what happened. Things get complicated — very complicated — when Pia is suspected of a murder, probably orchestrated by the girl. Can Pia fulfill the promise she made to this ghost without destroying her own life?

I enjoyed the originality in the plot and in the overall writing. 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. I loved the pair Nate Ryder and Pia Williams made and how they get involved in the conflict. Readers are introduced to powerful themes which are seamlessly woven into the fabric of the story, including love and romance, murder, kidnapping, sexual abuse, and revenge. 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. The conflict is masterfully handled and readers will love to see how the characters evolve through it. I am not a fan of the supernatural, but Girl Unseen reads like a story in the neighborhood. Excellent entertainment!

Faridah Nassozi

In Girl Unseen (Beyond the Grave series #3) by Athena Daniels, a powerful medium and psychic, Pia Williams possesses the gift to read minds and to communicate with spirits, including those from beyond the grave. Together with her team, she investigates suspected paranormal activity and also helps troubled spirits find peace. However, when someone is brutally murdered during an investigation of paranormal presence in a home, everything quickly goes south. Pia suspects the culprit to be the spirit of a young girl, Sarah, but the police have other ideas. She has many questions and no answers. Who is Sarah? What happened to her? And who does she seeks revenge against? Pia needs to get to the bottom of the mystery and save lives, including that of an innocent little girl. In a moment of desperation, she reaches out to the one man she promised herself she would never contact. How do you solve the mystery of a murderous child-ghost when you are the police's main suspect for that ghost's crimes?

I have been honored to read all three books in the Beyond the Grave series and, just like in the first two books, 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.