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.
The Restorer by Amanda Stevens is one of the best ghost romantic suspense novels I have read. I am a huge fan of Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost series, as well as Lynsay Sands Argeneau Vampire Series. This novel was similar to these. And those writers write well.
I felt an intermediate connection to the main character, Amelia. As a young child she had the ability to see and hear ghosts. She felt a bit of fear and curiosity at the same time. This only dug her further into the world of ghosts. Amelia could not say no to them forever. They were as much of her world as she was to them. Although, staying away from the bad ones was harder to do. Especially, when the live humans are connected or attached to the haunting ghosts. Some ghosts were like parasites. Clinging onto to they loved or those they had a connection with. Letting go is difficult to break when there is fear and grief.
The was a bit of romance that was funny, charming, and intriguing to follow. The mystery/suspense was done well. I was hooked. Every page had me turning the next one. I was invested into the characters and their lives. Amanda Stevens makes her writing feel real. Either I was laughing so hard, or crying along with the characters, or feeling goosebumps form on my arm. This novel was amazing. I cannot wait to read the next adventure.