I am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place…
I'm a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone.
I've come to Seven Gates Cemetery nursing a broken heart, but peace is hard to come by…for the ghosts here and for me.
When the body of a young woman is discovered in a caged grave, I know that I've been summoned for a reason.
Only I can unmask her killer. I want to trust the detective assigned to the case for he is a ghost seer like me. But how can I put my faith in anyone when supernatural forces are manipulating my every thought? When reality is ever-changing?
And when the one person I thought I could trust above all others has turned into a diabolical stranger?
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published: October 1st 2016 by MIRA
Four and a half stars: A suspenseful, atmospheric tale that will tempt you to leave the lights on.
It has been months since Devlin left Amelia to return to his ailing grandfather's side. Heartbroken, Amelia accepts a job at Seven Gates Cemetery in neighboring Ascension in order to escape Charleston and Devlin. Accompanied by her faithful dog, Angus, Amelia sets out to restore the decaying cemetery. As she works, she can't shake the feeling that something is in the woods watching her. Then comes the day when that same presence in the woods calls to her, leading her to an area near the swamp. Amelia stumbles across a horrific discovery, a young woman buried alive in a caged grave. This is just the beginning of a murder mystery with roots extending back twenty years. With no one she can trust, Amelia is forced to unmask the killer herself before it is too late. Will she figure it out in time?
What I Liked:
- I can't get enough of The Graveyard Queen Series. I love that these books are always steeped with plenty of suspense, full of creepy atmospheric tension, and plenty of ghosts and graves to give you chills and thrills. This latest book, does not disappoint, and in fact, it may be one of the best books to date in the series. This is one creepy book that will have you longing to leave the lights on well past your bedtime. If you want a scary read for the upcoming Fall season, look no further, this is the one to grab.
- I am always fascinated by the research that goes into each and every book, and I come away with new interesting facts and tidbits about burials, tombstones and cemeteries with each installment. This time around, I learned about mortsafes, caged graves. Creepy! If you love books with plenty of facts and historical tidbits, this is an fantastic series to read.
- This book is crammed full of suspense. Ms. Stevens does an excellent job with the murder mystery, and along the way, she manages to ratchet up the atmospheric tension to the point where you are creeped out. I loved the mystery, the terrifying setting and the tension. This is a page turner.
- Amelia continues to grow and evolve, and I must admit, I like this new Amelia. She no longer cowers and hides from the ghosts she encounters. These days, she has opened her mind and her senses and she is using her powers and evolving more and more. I like the new confident Amelia, and I am anxious to continue seeing her metamorphosis.
- I was disappointed in the last book that Angus, her dog, was not actively present. Angus is back in this book, and I was relieved to see that lovable mutt back in his protective role.
- The mystery in this one is dark and terrifying, I will warn you that this book has a darker tone, and some parts aren't easy to read. However, the dark subject matter helps notch up the tension and suspense. If you are at all leery of ghostly books, I recommend not reading this one alone in the dark before bedtime. You have been warned!
- The romance has long been a sticking point in this series. It is conflicted and it moves forward a step and then takes two steps back. Even though I missed the romantic tension somewhat, I was relieved to get a reprieve from the romance in this book.
- The book concludes with a terrifying finale. No big cliffhangers or dangling questions. The story does finish with an interesting thread to be followed up in the next book, that leaves me all to eager for the next volume.
And The Not So Much:
- My biggest niggle with this book was the rapid fire climax and fast conclusion. The story takes it time unfolding, building the tension and the suspense with each and every page, and then suddenly when it gets to the pivotal point, it kicks off into rapid fire mode. Everything occurs quickly, and it left me reeling. By the time it finished, I was left wanting more depth and detail regarding the descendants of the disciples, their role and so forth. I wish that Ms. Stevens had taken a bit more time to explain everything better. I was left puzzled over Ms. Nash and some of the other townsfolk. What did they know?
- As I mentioned earlier, this book has a darker tone. It is a bit troubling to read about bloody human sacrifice and wanton sexual behavior. It was disturbing, but it wasn't too over the top.
The Sinner is another thrilling installment in the Graveyard Queen Series. This series delivers plenty of thrills and chills, and if you like ghosts and graveyards, this is a series to check out. Be warned that this isn't a book to read alone in a dark house before bed. If you are looking for a terrifying read for the Fall season, don't miss this one.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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