Review: The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

Posted June 27, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 7 Comments

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens
Series: The Graveyard Queen #1
Published by Harlequin MIRA Genres: Mystery, Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Library

My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered my world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept me safe.It started with the discovery of a young woman's brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard I've been hired to restore. The clues to the killer—and to his other victims—lie in the headstone symbolism that only I can interpret. Devlin needs my help, but his ghosts shadow his every move, feeding off his warmth, sustaining their presence with his energy. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the symbols lead me closer to the killer and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

Amelia Gray restores graveyards, having spent her whole life in cemeteries as her father is a caretaker of them. And, she sees ghosts and has since she was nine-years old. Her father sees them, too, and he’s taught her the rules to follow to protect herself, one of them being to never let ghosts know she can see them. Amelia has also never told anyone else about her gift.

Amelia is on an assignment in Charleston, restoring an old cemetery associated with a university and gets embroiled in a murder mystery when a body is discovered there. She finds herself connected in odd and mysterious ways to the tortured, handsome and sexy detective assigned to the case, John Devlin, as well the investigation.

This was a fantastically written story, capturing the essence of old Charleston, the creepy but ethereal beauty of the ancient cemetery and the assembly of odd characters connected with the case. Amelia and John’s relationship is in the background mostly but sets the tone for this captivating story. While the murder mystery is resolved, there are so many issues remaining to uncover and explore. It’s great storytelling and the next book is calling!

About Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens is the award-winning author of over fifty novels, including the modern gothic series, The Graveyard Queen. Her books have been described as eerie and atmospheric, “a new take on the classic ghost story.” Born and raised in the rural south, she now resides in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys binge-watching, bike riding and the occasional Horror Night with friends.

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7 responses to “Review: The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

  1. I still have this book sitting in my kindle waiting for me to start it. Everyone I know has raved about it! By the way, is it just me having issues reading the posts? I had to highlight the entire post in order to see it. It blended in with the background.

  2. OMG I love love LOVE this series so much! Stevens’ writing style is just beautiful and fluid. She’s on my auto-buy list. I can’t wait for book 4!

    FYI, there is a freebie novella in this series, I think it’s called The Abandoned. Should be at all the major e-tailers.

    • The Abandoned is the name and it’s a prequel. If you love the writing, you should hear the narrator bring even more life to it. It is just a beautifully written series.