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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.