The Restorer

The Restorer

Paperback - 2011
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Cemetery restorer, Amelia Gray, who can communicate with the dead, helps the ghost of a police officer track down a serial killer by interpreting headstone symbolism in the Charleston graveyard that she is restoring.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Mira Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780778314004
0778314006
Branch Call Number: PB Steve
Characteristics: 366 p. --

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jennlw5
Jun 24, 2017

A great book, I couldn't put it down

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seaworld
Jan 01, 2017

Love her books.

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nidofito
Dec 14, 2016

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

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bonenglish
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.
Read my full review at FangFiction.Blogspot.com.

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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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