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.
- Paperback | 376 pages
- 139 x 208 x 27mm | 331g
- 19 Apr 2011
- Mira Books
- Original ed.
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"I love this book! Amanda Stevens' The Restorer gives the reader a fascinating character-who interacts with more fascinating characters! Ms. Stevens has managed the difficult feat of combining charm and chills." -New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Heather Graham
About Amanda Stevens
Amanda Stevens lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and a black cat named Lola. She is an avid reader, a fledgling taphophile, and a collector of Alfred Hitchcock memorabilia. When she\u2019s not writing, she likes taking road trips through the South. You can find her online at www.amandastevens.com
Our customer reviews
The premise of the Restorer immediately intrigued me, a heroine who works to repair graveyards, scary ghosts and serial murder, a combination I find almost irresistible. From the first I found Amelia Gray engaging. As the story is told in the first person it creates an immediate intimacy as we are privy to her thoughts and emotions. She is reserved and self contained, a product of her father's rules of protection from the ghosts that linger behind the veil. Her occupation as a graveyard restorer is something unusual and Stevens weaves Amelia's knowledge seamlessly into the storyline. While I have always been fascinated by gravestone epitaph's I had never given much thought to the symbolism that permeates old cemeteries. Amelia's unconventional relationship with Devlin offers elements of romance without overwhelming the plot. Devlin is handsome, aloof and enigmatic as hero's tend to be but his mysterious background gives him some depth that I expect will be explored in further installments. Stevens plays up the stereotypes of southern eccentrics and the old monied privileged with several characters but also includes a lesbian colleague and Gullah mystic. The varied cast allows for a wide pool of suspects in the murders. One of the particular strengths of this book lies in the atmosphere that Steven's creates with lyrical description and a menacing undertone that builds to the climax as Amelia is stalked by both human and ghost. There are moments that gave me goosebumps as I imagined the ghost child swaying slowly on the backyard swing. Despite a majority of wonderfully well written scenes I was regularly jarred out of the narrative when some desperately melodramatic sentences slipped into the prose. Since I have read a galley I will not quote them, but I found them disruptive. The Restorer is a solid debut for the Graveyard Queen southern gothic mystery/urban fantasy series. I look forward to continuing the series with The Kingdom due to be released later this year (2011)show moreby Shelley Cusbert
This was a great book - hard to put down and yet just scary enough that I wished I could close it at times! Stevens sets the pace nicely early on, along with the spooky atmosphere that pervades the story whenever the ghosts are around. I read this over three evenings and did find myself double checking dark corners of the house once I'd closed the pages for the night. Amelia is an engaging heroine, not least because she draws her strength from within and not from some supernatural power. The fact she can see ghosts is often more a hinderance than a help at the start of the novel, though this changes as the story progresses. I would have liked a little more from Devlin as the male lead, but this is the first book in a series and so I hope to get more from his character in the next book if he continues to play a role (as I think he will). The interaction between Devlin and Amelia was good and the idea of his ghosts intervening and the way he seems to sap Amelia's energy was intriguing. The plot of this book is a real mesh of genres - romance, paranormal, horror and thriller - so there really is something for everyone. The action is well-paced, the descriptions well-presented and there is a great sense of mystery and danger that keeps you reading. This book is highly recommended and I for one will certainly be keen to see more from this writer. I received this book as a free ebook ARC from NetGalleyshow moreby Nicola Markus