Audie Award Nominee, Fantasy, 2013
Never acknowledge the dead.
Never stray far from hallowed ground.
Never get close to the haunted.
Never, ever tempt fate.
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 these rules passed down from my father…until now.
Detective John Devlin needs my help to find a killer, but he is haunted by ghosts who shadow his every move. 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 headstone symbols lead me closer to truth and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.
©2012 Amanda Stevens (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Despite it's interesting intro with this new take on another character that sees ghost, the first few chapters were pretty slow moving. So much so that I almost returned the book but by the middle the pace and plot picked up. By the end of the book I couldn't wait to get the next one. Glad I didn't give up.
Exciting, Scary, Romantic
That would be giving away the plot.
Her voice is fantastic for the piece.
How lonely the main character was.
Great book and series.
I Love reading and listening to books has made it a lot easier to continue with my very busy schedule and still indulge in my hobby!
Chilling, delicious and sexy
Stranded on the lonely highway at night, someone sitting in a darken car, without the headlights, Amelia without cell phone signal, and twin headlights appearing in the distance the moment she felt the end was unknown. Amelia ran into the streets like her life depended on it, and Detective John Devlin stepped out of his vehicle. That was my shortness of breathe moment.
My favorite scene was when John Devlin stood in the hall way of the restroom. Someone bumped into Amelia, and she landed on his crest. For a moment, she imagined John caressing her lips with feather like touch, and the barest touch to her lips.
My moving moment was when Detective John Devlin jumped down into a completely dark crevasse to protect Amelia when she screamed from unknown forces.
Three rules given to me by my father:
1. Never acknowledge the dead. If you do, they'll feed off your energy like parasites, slowly draining your life away.
2. Never stray too far from hallowed ground, you're safe there.
3. Keep your distance from people who are haunted. They are a terrible threat and can't be trusted.
4. Never, Aver tempt fate.
Simple rules, really. But for Amelia those rules have prevented her from having any kind of a normal life. Still, she finds happiness in her job as a respected cemetery restorer and has made a happy, if isolated, life for herself.
The performer, Khristine Hvam was spur with the southern accent. Made the book more enjoyable.
I returned this book because it was boring. I didn't connect with the characters or the plot. I finally gave up after chapter 6.
As a graveyard restorer, this book was right up my alley. Except not scrubbing grave stones and mapping cemeteries is never as thrilling as the book plot is, thank goodness. This book had enough spine tingles to keep me interested but also made me a little sad. As Amelia has been trained to see the dead/ghost as parasites, those who want to leech the life force away from the living. YIKES.
There is even the start of a love story in this book which was very intense, as the potential paramour is haunted. The author left a few threads dangling which made me purchase book two before I had finished book one
I don't usually give 5 stars usually 4 is as high as I go. Amanda Steven's is the God of good books. I can't say enough about how much I love her writing. The narrator too! wow! I love the Gothic way down south feel to all her books. I never guess her endings, they are creepy beyond belief and the mystery is fun. I am waiting for her new books on baited breath. The undead stuff that follows her is the stuff of nightmares but her romance is impeccable and heartwarming. I love Inspector Devlin . I love all of her characters, they jump off the page and, are right there in the room with you. She has the ability to get you all warm and fuzzy, when you think you are safe bam, she gives you chills that crawl up and down your spine until your ice cold. I love it! Not many Authors have this talent, they all try to shock you with bad words and gore. Amanda does not need gore, she chills you to the bone by making you feel your there, like the ghosts are following you and if you look over your shoulder they might just look back at you, with a ghostly grin. If you enjoy mystery and suspense, and Gothic Southern Louisiana atmosphere with ghosts and graveyards this is the series for you. Enjoy!
For the 2nd time reading this wonderful book I decided to try the audiobook. It was very well done, although not as creepy as I imagined. Doesn't matter. I still loved it. The setting, the atmosphere, the mysterious characters with all of the secrets to unravel- good stuff! Again I'm hooked on the mystery of these people and all of the creepy stuff that goes with them.
Age 55. VA implant. Been listening to Audiobooks for almost 5 years now.
No, I never listen to books twice.
I usually don't listen to Ghost Stories so as it goes this was a nice break. The performance and plot were good enough to hold my interest.
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Yes, most definitely. This is one of my favorite series. Khristine Hvam narrates this so well, I felt like I was there, and felt/experienced each character as tho I was meeting them in person. Can't wait for book number 4.
I'm happy that I found this series, and I do like to read reviews before starting a new series, and have to say I didn't agree with the less than glowing reviews. I truly LOVE this series.
I enjoyed this story, and look forward to listening to the rest of the series. My family is from the South, the Carolinas originally, and Kentucky and Tennessee, so I could relate to a lot of the relationships and behaviors. Many of my mother's family are buried in a cemetery in St. Louis called Oak Grove, so I got a kick out of much of the story taking place in a cemetery with the same name. And I love ghost stories! The narration was okay, but dragged a bit. I have a problem with narrators who do not have accents which are accurate for the region - the South has many different accents, and the narrator seemed to just take on a generic "Southern" accent, but I overlooked that. Overall, I highly recommend this book for Southern ghost story lovers.
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