Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: The Restorer (Graveyard Queen #1) by Amanda Stevens

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.

"A quiet life, a quiet death. Sleep now, Beloved. 
Our secret is safe." 

I started this book close to midnight after everyone else was sleeping soundly. Before I reached page 175 I was wide-eyed and listening intently to every strange noise, convinced it was a ghost waiting to suck the life right out of me. It was fantastic!

I had no idea that I would find cemetery restoration so interesting. Amelia's career choice was intriguing, along with her rare ability to see ghosts. Unfortunately, her social life was severely lacking in excitement.

All of that changes when she begins a job at Oak Grove Cemetery. Shortly after arriving, Amelia finds her world turned upside down. She's pulled into a murder investigation which leads to the appearance of a potentially homicidal stalker and a very intense and dangerous attraction to Detective John Devlin.

I'm not sure how to describe our handsome Mr. Devlin. I couldn't decide between finding him alluring or being frightened by him. His brooding, mysterious demeanor was far from unique, but the same cannot be said about his circumstances. You have to read the story to understand what it is that makes Devlin so unusual.

The ending was a little less than satisfying. I was anxiously awaiting the "big reveal", but I was left disappointed by the time the mystery was solved.

Regardless of the ending, I highly recommend this book and I'm ecstatic that Stevens will be writing more about Amelia Gray, the Graveyard Queen. 


Braine Talk Supe said...

the cover looks awesome and the story sounds intriguing

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