Review: The Restorer

Chilling, Spooky, Ghost Story!

Title: The Restorer
Author: Amanda Stevens
Series: Graveyard Queen #1
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: April 19, 2011



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.

There was no mistaking her intent.
She knew I was there.
She knew I could see her.
And she was letting me know that she knew.

Lock your doors, check your windows, plug in your night lights, and prepare to be frightened! 

This book chilled me to the bone, and I adored every minute of it. I stayed up all night to finish this not just because it was sooooo good (it was) but I was too much of a scardy cat to sleep. Amanda Stevens has made spooky graveyard stories my newest obsession. A woman’s body has been found at the cemetery that Amelia is restoring and from that moment her life changes forever, and she quickly becomes wrapped up into a chilling murder mystery spook fest!The Restorer is a page turner from the beginning, and never have I read book that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. There’s one part in the book where a ghost draws a “heart” on Amelia’s fogged window at her home, my own immediately started racing a little quicker…I’m not ashamed.

His reluctance to elaborate only whetted my curiosity. He couldn’t know it yet, but my persistence could sometimes border on obsession when I set my mind into something.

Amelia Gray is a cemetery restorer by trade and she sees dead people. Her father taught her at an early age not to acknowledge their presence. She’s likable, believable and very relatable. Unfortunately she becomes instantly involved in the investigation of solving this murder as a consultant. This thrill ride had me guessing right along with her the entire read. Each time I would think I had fingered the murderer another suspect would reveal themselves and I was duped again. That’s my favorite kind story, that keeps me guessing until the very end. Amelia and Dective John Devlin work together closely to solve this murder and they soon discover that in the presence of each other sparks unite, despite how much they try to hide their true feelings. All the supporting characters as well assist in telling this CHILLING story  this web of murders, secrets and mysteries together to solve a crime spree lasting over fifteen years.

“I shouldn’t be here. With You. “You scare me.” “I do?” I said. “Sometimes you make me forget.” My heart was pounding so hard, I though it might burst in my chest. “Is that bad?” “I don’t know. I’ve held on for so long….I’m not sure I’m ready to let go.”

  She meets the delectable and oh so tortured Detective John Devlin and she simultaneously begins breaking all her fathers rules. Oh Devlin is one juicy, charismatic, scary, charming man that I hope to see more of him The Kingdom. He carries a huge burden with him in life as a survivor of a tragedy that only makes him that much more mysterious, guarded, tortured and heavy on the sex appeal!  If I were stuck inside a mausoleum inside a cemetery this would be the detective I would want to come to my rescue. Amelia is immediately drawn to him but wary nonetheless because although he’s unaware of it he has two protective ghost following his every move. This makes Amelia reluctant to have anything but a professional relationship with him in fear of betraying her fathers rules of staying far away from the ghosts. “Don’t look at them, don’t speak to them, don’t let them sense your fear.”

I didn’t want this book to end, I’ll be starting The Kingdom immediately! I recommend this book to anyone that is in the mood for a bone chilling ghost story, with a tortured romantic hero, and a very likable protagonist!

There was something so primal and hungry about the way he stared down at her……not time, not distance, not even death could tear them apart….

Miss Vain

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2 Responses to Review: The Restorer

  1. Alexa says:

    Hmm I’m not usually one for spooky stories. This one might be just a bit out of my comfort zone. You have drawn me in with the last line though about how the book has a tortured romantic hero! Gotta love when books have one of those.

    Thanks for the great review!

    • MissVain says:

      I’m such a scardy, so I’m usually not either Alexa but it was so very good in a chilling kind of way….I couldn’t sleep last night I was so scared, but I bet mainly it’s because I’m scared of the dark anyways! LOL. I’m reading the upcoming release ARC right now and I just can’t put it down, however as soon as it gets darker I’m switching books! Lol. For my sanity!:) He’s a very tortured hero and those are my favorite as well!!!

      Thanks Alexa! And thanks for stopping bye!:)))

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