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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
When Darkness Follows by Athena Daniels is the fourth book in the critically acclaimed, award winning Beyond the Grave series, preceded by The Seer's Daughter, The Alchemist's Son, and Girl Unseen. Set in Western Australia, the book begins with Rachel getting ready to go back onto the Anna-Marie, a shipwreck that may hold answers to a night she can't remember...one that involved an ouija board, a dead friend, and another on the run. She's enlisted the help of a paranormal television crew from the show Debunking Reality. What she wasn't expecting was the arrival of her ex, Daniel. Not ideal. Rachel has enough on her plate and in her life which ultimately requires fighting for.
When Darkness Follows leaves no question in my mind as to why Athena Daniels' series is so wildly popular. It takes off from the first line and just doesn't ever slow down. The tension and pacing are well done, and the hair-raising scares I'd expect in a paranormal thriller were enough to make me yip once or twice. Or more. Even though it's part of a series, this book reads perfectly as a standalone. I haven't read Daniels' other books (a circumstance I will change very quickly), but I slid right into this haunting romance. I'd recommend When Darkness Follows to readers who adore an intense paranormal thriller with a healthy side of sizzle by an author who is as skilled at crafting a story as the list of accolades she's acquired say she is.