Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by MIRA
Released on March 29, 2016
As I progress through this series, I continue to feel the tingle along my spine and the hair-raising on my neck from the strong sense of dark, chilling atmosphere I get from these books. A troubled cemetery restorer finds her path taking her deeper into the bizarre darkness just beyond the realm of this world even as her steps seem to be taking her away from the man she loves. The latter half of this book was riveting just like I’ve come to expect with each entry in the series.
The Visitor is book four in the Graveyard Queen series. They are a haunting urban fantasy series set in Charleston that must be read in order as the books build on each other in one long story.
Amelia and Devlin are recuperated from their last deadly ghostly adventure that allowed them to finally have a relationship. But, even now their separate secrets and different views on the supernatural seem to be pulling them apart. Amelia can feel it even though she wants to hold onto that closeness that shared briefly.
Devlin refuses to acknowledge that there is more to the world than the physical and so Amelia can’t share the nightmare that hounds her- a ghostly woman with her blind eyes covered in Amelia’s very image who claims she was once like Amelia and someday Amelia will be like her. Compiling the horror, Amelia is being visited by something more than ghost that is pulling her toward the old Kroll family and their tragic story.
Meanwhile, Devlin has his own shadowy darkness surrounding him and he’s being pulled back into his family responsibilities when his grandfather sends for him. Amelia senses the draw is strong and she won’t be enough to hold Devlin to her side.
So, this latest spent a long time setting up this story and didn’t really get rolling until about half-way. I was both impatient and understanding. Impatient because of the hints at the exciting and mysterious side of things, but understanding that the author had to lay the foundation so what came after made some sense and would work. Amelia learns the truth about the ghost that looks like her and her own connection to the Kroll Cemetery and family even as she is confronted by more unknowns and questions about her dark gifts that allow her to see ghosts and help them. The thing between her and Devlin is a little bit of a struggle for me because it feels like a Heathcliff and Cathy thing from Wuthering Heights. Love isn’t enough with this pair and they are in a constant push-pull. But, I do want to know about Devlin’s dark family legacy and how it seems that it will affect Amelia.
I didn’t spot the truth until it was revealed even if I’d figured out lesser secrets from the old Kroll mystery. This one was more than tinged with horror as dark creatures and dark deeds left me chilled a few times and I definitely had to read it in the light of day.
I’m looking forward to pressing onward as Amelia solves more ghostly mysteries and her own life. Urban Fantasy or Southern Gothic lovers should definitely put this series on their lists.
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