Book Review: The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

Book Review: The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen, #1)The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen #1) by Amanda Stevens

My rating: 5 Stars AMAZINGTASTIC

The Restorer begins with 9 year old Amelia Gray raking leaves at Rosehill cemetery with her father who’s the caretaker of the property. As she’s raking she spots a man staring at her from under an oak tree and her father sharply forbids her to look at him. In that moment her life changes forever; she becomes acutely aware of the rules he warns her to follow in order to keep the ghosts at bay. One of the most important rules he gives her is to “keep your distance from those who are haunted.”

Flash forward several years later, Amelia is now a cemetery restorer, choosing to care for the resting places of the departed as her father does. She brings forgotten cemeteries back to life by fixing broken headstones and doing other preservation and restoration work. As she’s taking an after dinner stroll through town she’s approached by John Devlin, a police officer who is haunted by a woman and a young girl. He informs her that they’ve found a homicide victim in the cemetery she’s been working in all day and asks her to join the investigation as a consultant to prevent any grave desecration. Amelia finds herself agreeing and bending her father’s rules for the first time in her life. Little does she know that she’ll soon be caught in the web of a serial killer and that that small choice may have life-altering consequences. Will it be worth it?


I absolutely LOVED The Restorer. Completely and utterly AMAZINGTASTIC. Not only was the plot gripping but the language was hauntingly beautiful. I found myself so fascinated by Amelia’s knowledge of headstone imagery and meanings. I loved stumbling on words that were new to me: taphophile, pareidolia, egregore.

Amanda Stevens takes all of the “normal” ingredients that go into a paranormal mystery and like chef Emeril Lagasse says, “BAM!” she kicks it up a notch and makes it truly unique. The Restorer is beautiful and creepy, suspenseful and heart-wrenching. In short, it’s a book whose cover doesn’t disappoint.

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*eGalley provided by MIRA Books (an imprint of Harlequin) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Affiliate links in post. 

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  1. This sounds great! I adore old cemeteries. I have pictures of them from all over, but I never knew "cemetery restorer" was a profession!

    • I knew people did restoration..but I never knew the depth, and I love some of the details that we learn through Amelia the main character. It is fascinating to me! Thanks for dropping in 😀

  2. Kristen - Seeing Night says:

    I loved this book Im interested to see in the second whats going to happen between the two lead characters but so much tension was there and I cant wait for all those unanswered feelings. Great review I agree about the meaning of headstones it gave a more real and haunted feeling to the story that I enjoyed.

  3. I'll definitely have to read this! Sounds like it's amazingtastic for sure!

  4. Thanks for stopping by my post-so glad you enjoyed this book as much as I did-it really is fantastic!!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I absolutely LOVED this book. My review was also 5-stars (as you know =P ) and I cannot wait for the 2nd. WANT WANT WANT!

  6. Nina @ Death Books and Tea says:

    I've seen loads of brilliant reviews for this book…looks like it really is amazingtastic!
    Thank you for the readability advice! I put a poll on my blog to see what others think. Thank you again! And thanks for the follow!
    Nina xxx

  7. I just came her from your review of the 2nd book, and realized that I actually DO have this book already! How sad, I don’t even know what I have anymore.
    Christy @ Love of Books recently posted..Guest Post + Giveaway: Siren’s Song by D.L. Snow

    • I have to keep checking my nook account all the time too “did I already download this??” it’s sad and a little bit scary LOL But I’m glad you have it already I hope you can get the chance to read it sooner than later! It’s a perfect chance to get into it with 3 books soon to be out in the series 🙂

  8. I would love to read this book!
    Very nice review 🙂


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