The Restorer

The Restorer

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA, ©2011.
ISBN: 9780778329817
Branch Call Number: FICTION STE
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 21 cm.


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Jun 24, 2017

A great book, I couldn't put it down

Jan 01, 2017

Love her books.

Dec 14, 2016

Although nothing extraordinary, it was pretty addicting. Dark and interesting story line.

Aug 10, 2012

There were some great moments in this book. But, it was lacking some character development

Leasuniamalielegaoi Dec 21, 2011

I liked this book! I found it interesting and couldn't put it down till I finished.

Althought the ending was a bit disappointing as I expected the main characters to be togeether.

FangFiction Aug 27, 2011

If it weren't for the spooky, creepy, look-over-your-shoulder ghost scenes, this could almost be a cozy mystery in that we have an amateur sleuth, dead bodies showing up (with few graphic details), a bunch of quirky citizens, and several red herrings just to make things interesting. Also included are a lot of interesting historical facts about cemeteries, a smidgen of Gullah mythology, and some parapsychology theory, all of which are integrally tied to the plot. Stevens obviously loves Charleston, and she writes beautifully descriptive passages that give an authentic impression of that stately southern town.
I enjoyed the story and read it almost all in one sitting. The fast-paced plot pulls you right along as new clues are discovered and fresh bodies are unearthed. I have to say that several scenes gave me shivers and goosebumps. If you're looking for suspense and mystery, and if you love well-told ghost stories, this is the series for you. Be aware that although the primary mystery is solved by the end of the book, Stevens leaves us with a number of unanswered questions that will no doubt be dealt with in the next books.
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FangFiction Aug 27, 2011

Here's a goose-bumps scene in which Amanda has had a flat tire on an isolated country road on a very dark night:
"I saw a flicker of movement just beyond a row of trees. The hair bristled at the back of my neck, but I didn't outwardly react. Instead, I made another circle, surveilling the woods from the corner of my eye. I saw it there, hiding in the gloom. Whatever it was, it had followed me all the way to Beaufort County. And now it hunkered among the trees, watching me. I didn't move, didn't even dare breathe....This thing was dark and dank, with no more substance than a shadow. But I could feel its presence. The evil that emanated from the woods was palpable....A foul chill oozed through the closed windows, turning my stomach, making my heart pound even harder. I saw a flash at the passenger window. There one moment, gone the next." (p. 178)

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