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?
Review: The Sinner is my second favorite book in the fabulously creepy and spooky Graveyard Queen series. While this book gave me disturbing dreams, it was compulsively readable and I just had to know what happens. Stevens has upped her game in every regard in this latest installment.
Amelia is harboring a broken heart after she and Devlin seem to drift further apart. She takes solace in her work, but that short lived peace throws her into the middle of a murder mystery, conspiracy, and secret societies when she spots mortsafes and a pair of hands from a body that was buried alive. Soon she is revisited by Darius Goodwine who tells her to not trust anyone and she is the only person to stop the evil that has been reawakened.
The suspense and mystery is very well done in The Sinner. I had no idea where the story was going and it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Like Amelia I didn't trust anyone and kept wondering what were the motives for all of the secondary characters. I was particularly suspicious of the handsome and eerily attentive Detective Kendrick who seems to have actually a lot in common with Amelia. Luckily, there is no love triangle since Amelia still carries the torch for Devlin.
While we are given a few details behind the secret societies mentioned in the series thus far, there is still a lot we don't know. Devlin does make an appearance in the book and his actions makes me wonder if he is just playing a role or has an ulterior motive. The ending was great in that while it resolved the murder mystery in this book, it left me wanting more without a painful cliffhanger. I will definitely be counting down the days until next March as we sadly reach the conclusion to one of my favorite adult series. I would highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy romantic suspense with a side of paranormal and mystery.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Words of Caution: There is strong violence which mostly occur off the page. There is also gory and disturbing images and some language. Recommended for mature teens and adults only.
If you like this book try: The Awakening by Amanda Stevens (coming March 2017), Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs, and or a paranormal romance with a mystery and humor try the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones