Never Acknowledge The Dead
My name is Amelia Gray.
I am the Graveyard Queen, a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. My father passed down four rules to keep me safe and I’ve broken every last one. A door has opened and evil wants me back.
In order to protect myself, I’ve vowed to return to those rules. But the ghost of a murdered cop needs my help to find his killer. The clues lead me to the dark side of Charleston—where witchcraft, root doctors and black magic still flourish—and back to John Devlin, a haunted police detective I should only love from afar.Now I’m faced with a terrible choice: follow the rules or follow my heart.
Never Acknowledge the Dead, Never stray far from hallowed ground, Never associate with the haunted, and never tempt fate.
In the third installment of the Graveyard Queen series, Amelia Grey discovers the consequences of her choices and actions. Overall I was very excited to see Devlin in this book since I missed him dearly in The Kingdom yet it was a long wait. Many revelations and secrets are revealed in this book and honestly I was fascinated with how Amanda Stevens brilliantly unravels these details without any clues whatsoever, leaving me shocked, dismayed and disgruntled that I didn’t guess them myself, yet the subtle clues were so mysteriously intermingled into the story it’s impossible to guess, and that’s what I appreciate the most about her writing.
“I didn’t kill him, Devlin said Darkly. But I had a motive. The oldest one in the book. He was having an affair with my wife.”
We met the ghost Robert Fremont in The Kingdom and it’s in that book that we discover he has the ability to instill fear yet, he can easily fool one into believing he’s not a ghost and just a normal man. Robert also referred to as his monicker The Prophet has asked Amelia to help him find his murderer. He asks her yet he leaves her no choice but to comply with his wishes if she wants him to leave her alone. As a ghost with the rare ability to appear as any other human those abilities can easily allow him to haunt her and make her life most uncomfortable. As she progresses in the investigation Amelia funds herself fascinated and equally appalled when she discovers the truth behind Robert Fremont’s murder. The Prophet was murdered the same night as Devlin’s wife Mariama‘s and his daughter Shani. While investigating Robert Freemont’s murder Amanda Stevens leads Amelia as well as us readers in an unknown territory guessing the murderer’s identity until the very end.
“Go inside Amelia. Hurry! Do not tempt fate.”
Darius Goodwine is Mariama’s uncle and he gives a new meaning to haunted man. While I always knew Devlin was haunted, he takes haunted to an extreme and expanded level. Though I’m not surprised he’s such a haunted and troubled man being that he is related to Mariama’s as her uncle. As we learn more about she and Devlin’s past history together, I’m frightened for the life the poor child Shani lived prior to her tragic and sickening death. It’s very sad when I think the poor child probably has a much more stable ghost like than she had being raised by her ruthless mother, and while watching the tumultuous relationship of her parents evolve into shambles.
I don’t want to spoil any more of the plot so you can be shocked, spooked and delighted just like I was while reading The Prophet!! Although this book didn’t frighten me as much as I was during The Restorer, I was still scared many times while reading this book. Sometimes I just delight in a spooky, chilling love story.
“Little Dickly Dilver
Had a wife of silver
He took a stick and broke her back.
And sold her to a miller
The Miller wouldn’t have her so he threw her into a river.”
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