Mar 222011

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens
Rating: 4/5
Source: Review copy from Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

Will be published May 2011.

Amanda Gray is a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. All her life, she has been taught to ignore the ghosts, and avoid anyone who is haunted by them in order to preserve her own life.

This all changes when a girl is found murdered in the graveyard Amanda is currently restoring, and the policeman leading the investigation is haunted by two ghosts. Can Amanda resist becoming involved, or will she break her rules for the first time in her life?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a paranormal novel for adults, not the usual YA story that is so popular right now. I found it scary, intriguing, and hard to put down. I did not like the ending, as it wasn’t really an ending, just a cliff-hanger leading to the next in the series. Personally, I like my books to end, not just stop.

When I was younger, I thought cemerteries were cool. Headstones are very interesting, and full of symbolism. This story did a great job incorporating that into the plot. I learned some facts about headstone meanings, without having it shoved in my face. It was just a natural part of the story.

I didn’t quite believe the ease in which Amanda was let into the investigation. It just didn’t seem realistic, and yes, I see the irony in talking about realism within a paranormal story. There are certain things I am willing to suspend belief on, but this didn’t seem like one area. Not only did Amanda seem obsessed with the investigiation before she was important to it, but everyone just let her stick her nose in, and then answered all her questions. For that reason, I can’t give a 5 star review, it must settle for 4 stars.

  One Response to “The Restorer”

  1. I agree with you on the whole, why was she involved to begin with? I understood her photos her pertinent, but aside from that, I didn't feel she did anything at all. Well, of course she was involved with all the paranormal, but from a law perspective it was weird. If that even makes sense. LOL
    Bree's a Bookworm

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