Published by MIRA on March 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Southern Gothic, Thriller
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Shush…lest she awaken…
My name is Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer who lives with the dead. An anonymous donor has hired me to restore Woodbine Cemetery, a place where the rich and powerful bury their secrets. Forty years ago, a child disappeared without a trace and now her ghost has awakened, demanding that I find out the truth about her death. Only I know that she was murdered. Only I can bring her killer to justice. But the clues that I follow—a haunting melody and an unnamed baby's grave—lead me to a series of disturbing suspects.
For generations, The Devlins have been members of Charleston's elite. John Devlin once turned his back on the traditions and expectations that came with his birthright, but now he has seemingly accepted his rightful place. His family's secrets make him a questionable ally. When my investigation brings me to the gates of his family's palatial home, I have to wonder if he is about to become my mortal enemy.
Man, it’s been awhile since I’ve written a review! I feel like I’d be doing a disservice if I didn’t write one for Amanda Stevens’ final installment in the Graveyard Queen series, The Awakening. I’m sad the saga is over, but happy I got a chance to go along for the ride. Isn’t that what they say about love, too? Don’t be sad that it’s over, be happy that it happened? I probably butchered it.
Anyway, The Awakening is book SIX in the Graveyard Queen series, so if you haven’t read the first five, stop right here and proceed no further. Then get ye to a bookstore or Amazon, stat! Because these books are amazing!
The Awakening by Amanda Stevens picks up right where The Sinner left off: Amelia and Devlin are still broken up and Amelia just can’t seem to move past it. Instead of persevering like the strong independent woman we know she is, she tends to wallow in her misery, finding reasons to go by the Devlin Mansion, where John now lives again with his affluent grandfather, Jonathan, who may or may not be a part of the Congé. Devlin is persisting with his engagement to the gorgeous whats-her-name, who is also powerful, affluent and may be involved in sinister dealings.
Which just goes to show that Amelia’s problems do not lay with just the dead.
In the Awakening, she discovers unmarked children’s graves in Woodbine Cemetery, a derelict graveyard where the wealthy residents of Charleston liked to bury their secrets. If your eyes got a little big at that insinuation, you are following me. It is through the connection of Woodbine that Amelia is finally able to connect the missing pieces of her past, and be at peace with her future.
I am super sorry to see Amelia’s storyline end, but I’m satisfied with the ending she got. Amanda Stevens writes phenomenally, sucking you in with her rich descriptions and The Awakening is no different. I’d really love to see this turned into a television show. Can someone make that happen? I’m not ready to let go yet!