A NovelBook - 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.
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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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