My name is Amelia Gray. I'm the Graveyard Queen.
Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I'm starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead. Legend has it that Kroll Cemetery is a puzzle no one has ever been able to solve.
For over half a century, the answer has remained hidden within the strange headstone inscriptions and intricate engravings.
Because uncovering the mystery of that tiny, remote graveyard may come at a terrible price.
Years after their mass death, Ezra Kroll's disciples lie unquiet, their tormented souls trapped within the walls of Kroll Cemetery, waiting to be released by someone strong and clever enough to solve the puzzle.
For whatever reason, I'm being summoned to that graveyard by both the living and the dead. Every lead I follow, every clue I unravel brings me closer to an unlikely killer and to a destiny that will threaten my sanity and a future with my love, John Devlin.
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected Publication: March 29th 2016 by MIRA
Four stars: A book that will give you thrills and chills, and tempt you to sleep with the lights on.
Amelia Gray feels stabbing cold tracing down her spine. She peers out in the darkness, terrified at what she might see. Her eyes make out a figure in the mist who looks just like her, but she is missing her eyes. Is this new visitor a harbinger of what Amelia might one day become? Amelia worries that since she broke her Papa's steadfast rules, that she has opened a door that allows ghosts into her life, and even into her home. This latest ghost seems to have a message to impart, and when she leaves an offering, Amelia follows up. She is led to Kroll Cemetery, a abandoned graveyard that holds the bodies of a mass suicide. As Amelia races to uncover the secrets she learns some important details about her pass, and ones regarding the future. Unfortunately, these very same secrets might rip from her the one thing that she holds dear, John Devlin. Will Amelia be able to solve the mystery?
What I Liked:
- I was so excited to return to the world of Amelia Gray, and this one doesn't disappoint. It delivers all you love about the series: plenty of spine tingling ghostly encounters, thrills and chills, a haunting mystery, troubling secrets and fascinating cemetery lore. I am a big fan of this series, and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a terrific ghost series.
- This book presents a cemetery unlike any other to date in the series. The Kroll Cemetery is a mysterious, haunted ground, hidden away from the public. It is the final resting place for victims who died in a mass suicide. I loved learning interesting new details about gravestones. I had no idea that they made headstones that had hidden compartments in them to hide valuables. This is just one fascinating tidbit. I love how well researched this series is, and I am always eager to learn more intriguing information about cemeteries and burials.
- Amelia is continuing to grow and transform. When we first met her, she refused to acknowledge ghosts, but now, she has let them in. In this book, she uncovers some important details regarding her past, and she learns some information that will help shape her future. I am excited to see the changes, and interested to see how her character will evolve from here.
- There is an exciting and haunting mystery in this one that involves a strange photo on an old time device called a stereoscope as well as conjoined twins and a strange graveyard. The mystery is well done and thrilling, and I was totally caught off guard by the shocking twist at the end when the true culprit was revealed. Very creepy!
- What makes this series shine is the writing. Ms. Stevens always manages to deliver creepy, atmospheric settings, and she gives you plenty of chills with her haunting ghostly visions. I love the suspense and the creepy atmosphere.
- The ending is fast and thrilling, especially after the final startling reveal. It does though, end on a bit of a cliffhanger or a teaser if you will. The main story lines of this story are concluded, but there is a big development at the end that sets up the next book. Thankfully, the wait won't be too long as The Sinner is set to release in the Fall of 2016.
And The Not So Much:
- I struggled with book amnesia since the last book in the series released way back in 2012. Four years in between books makes it hard to recall everything. It has been so long since the last book (note the reason for the lengthy delay was due to the death of Ms. Stevens husband) that I found myself wishing that there was more recap. There are some visits back to events in the previous books, but I still struggled to recall everything. If you are like me and it has been four years since you read this series, you may want to do a reread.
- The romance is frustrating. Devlin and Gray have amazing, sizzling chemistry when they are together. Even though they are now a couple, they are still not connecting due to the fact that neither is opening up and being completely honest with the other. It is so hard to see Amelia keeping back her big secrets from Devlin. You know that their relationship won't survive if they don't come clean. There was a big event at the end of the book that indicates a change is on the way, and I am interested to see how they will fare.
- I missed Angus the lovable dog. I hope he returns in the next book.
- I was disappointed that Amelia didn't get around to doing any cemetery restoration in this one. I always loves those scenes when she is hard at work restoring an abandoned graveyard.
The Visitor is another thrilling and chilling volume in the ghostly Graveyard Queen Series. I am excited to once again be immersed in Amelia Gray's ghostly world. If you want to try a unique and fascinating series with ghosts and graveyards, this is the series to read. A word of advice, don't read these books alone at night right before bed.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
Watch for book five in Fall of 2016: