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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.
Although The Restorer by Amanda Stevens is a ghost story, there really was so much more than just that going on, with a bit of a bizarre and unsettling killing spree, a mystery that is decades old, as well as a complicated and passionate love story with a bit of an unusual love triangle.
The Restorer was one of those great books that when you start reading you just can't seem to put it down, I nearly burned the dinner when I forgot to stir it because I was so engrossed in reading.
I really liked Amelia Gray as the main character, she was by far one of the most interesting characters that I have read about in a while. From a young age she has been able to see Ghosts and they are far different and more sinister than your average Casper. In fact, there were loads of interesting characters throughout this book and there were tonnes of things that I wished Amanda Stevens had explained in a bit more detail. I was really glad when I learned that The Restorer was part of a series (The Graveyard Queen) because by the end of the book I wasn't ready to leave these characters behind.
I also have to mention that Devlin (great name for a leading male character?!) was just the perfect love interest and the relationship that started and formed between him and Amelia was just tension filled, steamy and had me completely hooked. Amanda Stevens has really taken the obvious, such as a romantic story and given it so many twists and complications that it really was hard to put down the book.
While I was reading The Restorer you could easily tell that Amanda Stevens had done her homework, Amelia Gray is a Graveyard restorer and all around taphophile (lover of tombstones). While reading the Restorer I felt like I actually learned quite a lot about a subject that I didn't even realise had a name before - taphophile.
There were certainly a few rather creepy parts of the story and it was just my luck to be reading them tucked up in bed, in the dark with only my small book light making shadows all around the room - CREEPY! But certainly a gripping read, despite thinking I should put the book down and think happy thoughts before I went off to sleep I was glued to the page, just one more page...
I highly recommend reading this one, just maybe not in the dark! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series! Amanda Stevens is now an author that I will certainly be reading more of in the future.
Genre - Adult, paranormal
Published by Mira books (April 2011)
Paperback - 376 pages (£5.10)
Source - I received a copy of 'The Restorer' by Amanda Stevens in exchange for an honest review.