Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Visitor

Title: The Visitor
Author: Amanda Stevens
Expected Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Format: eBook
Genre: Modern Gothic
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Series: Graveyard Queen #4

I have been waiting four long years for the next installment and I can say that I was not disappointed.

After the devastation that Amelia Gray underwent in “The Prophet”, she is back to her day job as an archaeologist turned cemetery restorer. That is until a stereoscope is found in her basement with a peculiar old photo of a woman that looks too much like her to not be a relative. Unfortunately, this blind entity is now not only in her dreams but has found a way to cross the veil and is haunting Amelia.

After being warned by her father to follow the rules and be very cautious of gifts left by entities, since she does not want it to be construe that she is welcoming them into her life, a trio of keys appear on her nightstand she knows that there is more to this story. This is very difficult ground for her. Her legacy runs deeper than the ability to see spirits.

As the story of the stereoscope unfolds, Amelia is drawn into the world of Ezra Kroll – the founder of a mysterious commune, which accounts state, ended in a mass suicide. Now Ezra’s sister Louvenia Durant is requesting help to rejuvenate the Kroll cemetery, a strangely beautiful place where each grave is marked with a number and key. A puzzle or riddle that no one has been able to solve.

This is an odd and eerie book. I was concerned that since it had been so long since the last that I would have lost my place, but Amanda Stevens does an excellent job in reminding the reader whom everyone is, their past, and how their stories interrelate. The end is left very open-ended, I for one cannot wait to see what is in store since Amelia Gray and readers are now beginning to wonder whom exactly John Devlin is.

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