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.
Happiness is a good book!
You never look at grave yards the same ever again. This story makes you believe that it's possible that maybe there are people who talk to the dead. It would be nice to say a few things to a few of my deceased lol. I loved the reader, the story was great and the dead were awesome. While I suppose it's not meant to be scary exactly it does make you look over your shoulder a bit. House sounds, darkness & coincidences suddenly begin to mean a little bit more. Very good book.
Totally addicted! It's possible I might need Audible rehab.
The narration was lovely! The story premise was good but a little slow paced for me. I look forward to the next book in hopes that it picks up a bit.
Avid Reader when not teaching, being a Mommy, or gamer. Loves just about anything!
Creepy Southern Ghosts.
The way the author brought the beauty of the city to life along with the ghosts.
Driving Miss Daisy this is not.
Ms. Hvam did a wonderful job with the accents and narration!
Say something about yourself!
This book started off pretty slow but I finally got into it about half way through. The premise is cool and I really enjoy the taste of the south that's brought to light very well throughout the story. The narration is pretty good.
The part that I found frustrating was that by the time I got to the end of the book and she was putting all the pieces together to figure out 'who-dun-it', I couldn't remember who the people she was talking about were. Some of the most important people in the end of the story were only mentioned a few times here and there and remained mostly on the periphery of the rest of the book.
I also wasn't terribly impressed with the romance part of this book. The male main character seems like he could be a good fit for the female, but I didn't 'feel' much chemistry between them.
Enjoyed this book, both author and narrator, immensely! Can't wait to read the next one.
Flow of the story with great narrating skills.
No, but it was thrilling throughout.
The Audio edition was amazing.
The Restorer can't be compared to any other book. It was really a great read.
Girl, Khristine Hvam has the accents going on in this book. I'm from the south and I really love it. You go Khristine!
The father and daughter relationship sharing this ability of seeing ghost and knowing the others are there. They have a bond but make their own decisions. Both father and daughter share a strangeness. Guess they would with their power to see ghost.
Book was so good I got the other two.
This is one of the best series I have come across, and I listen to a lot of books in every genre.
The southern atmosphere, along with the ghosts, and romance make this series a fun but spooky listen.
with the southern drawl and her characterizations,Khristine Hvam makes the book.
Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!
I cannot believe I missed the Busom Buster clues in the description of this novel. Don't make my mistake- it must have been a hormonal imbalance! Even when I was under 18 and would have been more prone to enjoy such a novel, it needed a good editor. Even the genuinely creepy moments are interrupted By long long pages of drivel and not even a single good boink.
Oh, yes. But I already grew out of this type of novel by age 15.
I thought at first her Southern accent would drive me mad, but either I got used to it or she relaxed after an hour or so.
1/3 of Amelia's "pooh Daddy's rules warn me of evil if I don't follow the rules, but gee, he's sohunky I want him!"Also, pick up the action. Good ideas lost forever in this novel.
Blech. Don't waste a credit: plus it just ENDS. I put up with twaddle for 10hrs and I get nothing. Very irritating.
I really liked this story. I have no idea where the Author got the idea but I think being a cemetery restorer would be a really interesting job! I don't know if I would like it if I could see ghosts. Creepy? yes.
The plot is fairly standard for the genre but the characters' personalities and quirks keeps it fresh and interesting. And here comes the "but".... If a southern accent annoys you at all, don't buy this book. It is set in the deep south, and NEEDS to be in the south to support the story, but I found the narrator's accent way overdone. I used to live in Atlanta and have nothing against a southern accent but this was intrusive enough to make it difficult to concentrate on the plot. Too bad! If you've listened to the "Fever" series by Karen Marie Moning you'll know what I mean -- great story masked by the accent kind of like a great stack of pancakes with half a bottle of syrup poured on it. There are some narrators that can read the part with enough of an accent to keep you firmly in the South without mucking up the story. Maybe they are native Southerners as opposed to "doing an accent?" I'm thinking Johanna Parker, who does Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series.
I see there are two more in the this series.... I'll have to sit on that decision for awhile, maybe resort to the print version. I do want to find out what happens to the main character, I liked her quite a bit.
I finished this book simply because i was waiting for the book to redeem itself, and im cheap. Hated it
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