New Release Review: The Sinner by Amanda Stevens

the-sinner1New Release Review: The Sinner by Amanda Stevens
Book 5 in The Graveyard Queen series
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Book provided by NetGalley and Harlequin MIRA
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Urban Fantasy

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?

AH’S Review – 4 stars

Can you imagine being a graveyard restorer as a profession? Who knew that people actually rehabilitate cemeteries? It’s probably not a good career choice for the faint at heart, or anyone easily spooked.

The Sinner is the fifth book in the Graveyard Queen series. It’s one of my favorite series and one of the reasons why I love it so much is that the author’s writing style can only be described as atmospheric – her writing has an immersive quality: she makes the reader feel the heat and humidity of the south, the sounds around the cemetery, and even the smells.

I also have to say that I’ve learned some new things as I read this book. I spent a little time googling mortsafes – who knew that people once caged their loved ones remains to prevent grave robbers from stealing the bodies? Gruesome, yet intriguing.

Amelia has been through so much and she has developed into a fascinating character. She’s easy to relate to and it’s so easy to feel sympathetic to her situations.

I loved the mystery of this book. The author really knows how to throw the reader for a loop. It’s a good ghost story, eerie and atmospheric but not horrifically scary – just scary enough. The Sinner is a fantastic read. There is another book planned in this series and I just can’t wait to get my hands on it.

AH’s Rating: 4 Stars

Series Reading Order:

  1. The Restorer
  2. The Kingdom
  3. The Prophet
  4. The Visitor
  5. The Sinner
  6. The Awakening (publish date TBA 2017)

The Graveyard Queen series is best enjoyed when read in order. There is also a prequel, called The Abandoned which may be read out of order.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin MIRA for a review copy of this book. 


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