the restorer – amanda stevens

The Restorer

As it ‘that’ time of year, I was asking in various places if anyone could recommend a good spooky read.  It’s very hard to find a book that gives me a thrill – something atmospheric and other-worldly.  In fact the only recent book I can think of is The Drowning Pool by Syd Moore.

This one was recommended to me by someone in a group on Facebook.  I was slightly concerned as it is the first in a trilogy, and I was worried that there would be no conclusion.  But, I thought I’d give it a go, as it was a recommendation 🙂

Set in South Carolina in the modern day, Amelia Gray is a cemetery restorer.  This may seem a rather morbid choice of career, but this hasn’t been chosen by chance.  She is following in her father’s footsteps, and is drawn to this kind of work as, like her father, she can see ghosts.

Unlike others that have this gift in fiction (I’m actually thinking Ghost Whisperer etc), Amelia has been instructed to ignore them and pretend that she hasn’t spotted them.  If she acknowledges their presence, and they know that she can see them, they will haunt her, and drain her energy.  She can be safe on hallowed ground (like that of a cemetry).

However, when a the body of a new murder victim is found buried in the graveyard that she is working on, she is introduced to Detective John Devlin, and the rules that she has lived by to protect herself are thrown out of the window.  Devlin himself is haunted, although he seems to have no idea of this…and Amelia finds herself inexplicably drawn to him.

I loved this book.  It is beautifully written and atmospheric and modern, even though it retains something of the mystery of traditions thanks to some of the older characters within the book.  Amelia is a wonderful feisty and yet wary young woman, so although she has a bit of fight in her, she has also seen more than most, and so has a reason to be scared of the dark – and at  twilight, the time when ghosts step through the veil.

Even just the way that is described was creepy.  And the touch of the ghosts fingers in her hair sent shivers down my spine.

There’s no out and out gore, not a huge amount of peril, but that underlying danger, something not quite explained and seemingly rational yet supernatural reasonings behind some of those ‘odd’ feelings that we all have from time to time certainly made for a good spooky read.  Definitely will be tempted by the next in the trilogy.


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  1. Hi, I have been following your blog for quite a while and seen allot of good post. But this one really does take the cake, how long did it take you to write this?

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