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 these rules passed down from my father…until now.
Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. 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 headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.
And here is Anne's review:
Amanda Stevens is a very good storyteller.
The book is set in and around Charleston and the right atmosphere lingers through the book. It’s full of scents, humid warm weather, southern gothic charm and suspense.
The writing is more on the side of prose and literary fiction but still delivers riveting suspense and horror.
I loved all the details about old cemeteries and headstone symbolism. The ghosts of Mrs. Stevens story are scary; Cold, menacing, sometimes cruel and vengeful.
The story had me on the edge of my seat and although I haven’t been scared by a book in years, I couldn’t read this one at night.
The Restorer is not for the faint of heart and speaking of hearts although a very good urban fantasy/ghost story, I was disappointed by the lack of romance in the book.
I rarely felt any intimacy or strong emotions between the two main characters. I kept waiting for Amelia to feel more, to indulge, I wanted a good look at her heart but it never really happened. As for John Devlin, he was too one-dimensional for me. By the end of the book I couldn’t root for him or him and Amelia as a couple.
The Restorer is still a very good ghost story and I will read the second book of the Graveyard queen.