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The Sinner

(Graveyard Queen #5)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,484 ratings  ·  321 reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Mira
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Jenny France Yes. Indeed. I read this without reading the previous books in the series. Of course, now I want to go back and read those too.

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It's been almost a year since John Devlin walked away from Amelia Gray to see to his ailing grandfather and then cutoff all communication. Amelia is nursing a broken heart and has accepted a restoration assignment in Ascension, South Carolina to get her out of Charleston for a few months. One day while working in the Seven Gates Cemetery, she is "called" into the adjacent forest and discovers a circled of twelve mortsafes and sees a pair of hands gripping the grates. It's the body of a young wom ...more
Mary Beth
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just love this series. If you love ghost stories and love Gothic books you will love this series. You can feel the Gothic atmosphere brewing.

Memento Mori, Remember to Die.

Graveyard restoration has never been so dark and creepy. Bring your flashlight, security blanket and a big dog. Trust no one, believe nothing and expect the worst, you are entering the Amelia Grey Zone.
Secret societies, both evil and dangerous surround her. Murderers and so much more, slowly circle around Amelia. They could
Memento Mori, remember to die.
Graveyard restoration has never been so dark and creepy. Bring your flashlight, security blanket and a big dog. Trust no one, believe nothing and expect the worst, you are entering the Amelia Grey Zone.
Secret societies, both evil and dangerous surround her. Scarifies, murders and so much more, slowly circle around Amelia. They could be anywhere, be anyone, and they are always watching for someone like her, powerful. She has little control, even of her own mind. Rea
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Stevens never ceases to amaze me with the intricate and down right creepy tales that she can weave. The Sinner is no exception to the rule, in fact, I think with her latest installment in the Graveyard Queen series, she has out done herself.

Reading this in the middle of the night was my first mistake. I should have known better than to start this when the house was quite and everyone else was asleep and snug in their beds. Reading by the low light of making me read by the light of my Paperwhite
Diana | Book of Secrets
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really good! THE SINNER was creeptastic from the very beginning. This one takes place about a year after the previous book. Amelia has taken a job restoring Seven Gates Cemetery in Ascension, South Carolina. While taking a stroll through the surrounding woods, Amelia makes a shocking, gruesome discovery. Gave me chills. The mystery surrounding her discovery puts her paranormal abilities to the test. Suspenseful, very spooky, and ends with an intriguing tease of what's to come. 4.5 stars!

Montzalee Wittmann
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Sinner
Graveyard Queen Series, Book 5
By: Amanda Stevens
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Wow, this book has been the creepiest book yet! It gets a bit dark, twisted, and nail-biting! Tons of suspense! Amelia is doing an assignment and finds where people were murdered and buried alive! This is the cheery part of the story! From there it is gets so crazy but good and intense! This is the most intense one yet. I don't want to say to much and give anything away! Just listen to it!
The narration is excel
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Favorite Quote: “Tread carefully…trust no one.”

Amanda Stevens’s Graveyard Queen series is a dark paranormal mystery suspense series that is drenched in southern style gothic horror. Even five stories in, Stevens’s powerful voice continues to wrap her readers in a chilling embrace as she gently guilds them through her world of spirits, superstition, and death with lush descriptions and delightful prose. Strong characterizatio
Sandra Hoover
*Many thanks to Mira Publishing for an arc of this book for review via Netgally.
**Reviewed at Cross My Heart Writings & Reviews.

The Graveyard Queen series is one of the eeriest, spookiest, most ominous series I've ever read. It's also one of the best in this genre. Since finishing The Visitor, I've been on pins & needles, waiting, watching for the next book to become available. Can it possibly live up to the previous books? The answer is an astounding YES! With heart-pounding intensity from cove
Jenny Q
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. She's baaack!

If you read my review of the previous book in this series, you know I was a little disappointed in it, especially after such a long hiatus between books. It was with trepidation that I went into this one, hoping for a return to the level of excellence set by the first three books. I am so happy to say that Amanda Stevens is back on top of her game! It's hard to review a mystery, let alone the fifth book in a series, without giving things away for those who have yet to dis
I’m not a particular fan of the horror genre. I learned my lesson at a young age when I mistakenly picked up and read The Amityville Horror. Needless to say, I refused to walk down dark corridors by myself for week. However, I will read anything in the Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens. Firstly, I love the southern setting. You can feel the South Carolina heat and humidity coming right off the pages. It also gives the atmosphere of the book a heavy feeling – just a perfect environment for ...more
So first things first- this book rocked. I am SO happy with the direction this series is going. I'm SO glad I stumbled up on this series at my local library years ago.

The book kinda started off very same old/same old for me.

Creepy cemetery- check.
Amelia yet again stumbles upon a murder scene- check.
Lots of creepy/ghostly/bad vibes about- check.
Hints at connections between her families past and the present danger- check

Really the only thing missing was Devlin which is where the story takes a
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

So this is officially my least favorite book in the series. Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t bad, but the last book was amazing. This paled in comparison. It wasn’t creepy enough, and I hate it when Amelia leaves Charleston. It’s not the same when she is away from the people there. I wouldn’t mind it as much if there wasn’t a potential romance with a new guy every time she leaves town. Can’t she nurse her broken heart without having feelings for another guy? Just like in The Kingdom the lu
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I always enjoy how Amelia Gray is able to face situations she doesn't want to confront. Even if this means putting her life in danger. When there is a mystery to solve, she is resolute in her determination to find answers. The culprit this time around was a little bit obvious from around the 50% mark. Even though other suspects were thrown in our path. One seemed more apparent then others.

This wasn't my favourite book in the series, that honour goes to Book #4 The Visitor. The book was still spo
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's been almost a year since her breakup with John Devlin, and Amelia is still struggling to move on with her life. She's taken a job restoring a cemetery that takes her out of Charleston for an extended period, and away from memories. This was a very good read; one of murder, mysterious mortsafe caged graves, and possible resurrection of the dead. I thoroughly enjoyed it; it was interesting, fascinating, and stylishly written. Ghosts, apparitions, and grisly murders. What a lovely combination. ...more
Lyndi W.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
I gotta admit, I'm a wee bit disappointed in this one. The mystery was great. But Amelia was so... not in control this time. I felt like it was all a big game of keep away. I was bummed to find out who the betrayer was. With everything in Amelia's personal life going to shit, I thought that the stuff about Devlin was extra shitty frosting on a shit cake. This poor woman just can't catch a break.

Just bad stuff happening to her on top of more bad stuff. At least when she was with Devlin there was
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone draw to cemeteries or the paranormal!
“I solve riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone.” Amanda Stevens’ The Sinner (Graveyard Queen,#5) is set in and around Charleston, SC. Amelia Gray who restores old and neglected graveyards has been hired to restore Seven Gates Cemetery. She starts this job with a “broken heart” as she and her love, Devlin, have split, but Amelia just cannot forget him. Thus, she tries to keep as busy as she can so she will not ‘think’. While at work Amelia comes along a caged grave. The only other p ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Our story picks up almost a year after the events in Visitor. Needed an escape from Charleston, Amelia accepts a graveyard restoration in Ascension. South Carolina. She is renting a local farmhouse where she sleeps nights on the screened porch allowing the coastal breezes to lure her to sleep. Despite missing John Devlin, she is at peace, but all that comes to end when she discovers mortsafes in a clearing not far from the cemetery and feels something watching her.(que ominous music)

A mortsafe i
Jen Davis
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you’re in the mood for a dark and lush gothic series, you need to try the Graveyard Queen book. Each one of these stories pulls you in deeper than the last, and I think this installment is the creepiest one yet.

It’s been an entire year since the events of the last book, which is a kick in the teeth to anyone hoping for some John and Amelia loving. He walked away from her at the end of The Visitor and apparently, he’s never looked back. Now, Amelia is working on a restoration out of town, tryi
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Now I have to wait until March??? This series leaves me wanting more!
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I has a sad over the fact that Devlin isn't in the picture anymore....or is he??? Spooky read this time round and I love Amelia, just don't love her as much without sexy, intense Devlin around. But I don't think that thread is finished. What is up with him??? I wish Amelia would have went up and confronted Devlin, but I think their storyline isn't finished, so hence the set up as it were for now. For that reason, romance was taking out of the shelf for me, because in this book, there wasn't any, ...more
The books of the Graveyard Queen series just keep getting better and better, and The Sinner is my favorite so far!

If you enjoy eerie Southern Gothic spirits and creepiness, you'll love this extremely well-written, intensely engaging series that revolves around a charmingly intelligent grave restorer and her interactions with a variety of ominous characters, both dead and alive, including a sexy yet mysterious cop.

I zoomed through the first three books years ago, and recently dove back in to sta
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Cemetery Restorer Amelia Gray has been working at the Seven Gates Cemetery in a small South Carolina town. Taking a break from the heat of the day, Amelia takes a walk under the shade trees and stumbles across a dozen caged graves. The cage is called a mortsafe and is something that is not regularly found in this country. These graves were not on the graveyard blueprints, and Amelia is shocked to see one of the graves has a pair of hands coming out of the soil and gripping the cage. When the pol ...more
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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
Dark, atmospheric, eerie - love this series.

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 m
*Source* Publisher via NetGalley
*Genre* Horror, Mystery
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

The Sinner is the Fifth installment in Author Amanda Stevens the Graveyard Queen series. The series is set in South Carolina, and features Amelia Gray as the main protagonist. It has been a rather eventful year since Amelia's ex-John Devlin walked away, and left her behind due to his family commitment to the Order of the Coffin and the Claw. While she misses Devlin and may never be fully over him, she knows that she
Jul 13, 2016 marked it as to-read
I've been a bit hesitant to move forward with this series, but the summary blurb is giving me a WTF moment (in a good way), and now I'm extra curious and MUST get to this book! Which means The Visitor has moved up on my reading list. ...more
Pamela / SpazP
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler Free*
I said this about the last book, The Visitor, but The Sinner is now my favorite book in the series. Hands-down. I could not get enough of being in this beautiful and haunting and at times horrifying world, and I didn't want the story to come to an end.

I was thoroughly spooked-out through most of it, as Amelia finds herself in another small southern backwoods graveyard restoration with very deep paranormal history, and in true gothic style, mysteriously terrifying history. A year
Linda Baker
It has been a year since the events of The Visitor, when cemetery restorer Amelia Grey's lover, John Devlin, told her he was taking a leave from his police job and moving out. Amelia is still nursing her hurt but takes on the job of restoring Seven Gates Cemetery. In the course of the restoration, she is drawn by what seems to be chanting voices to a circle of twelve graves in a secluded clearing, all guarded by mortsafes. Mortsafes are graves covered by a framework of iron and seldom seen out o ...more
I am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place…

The Sinner takes place a whole year after the previous book in the series. At first I thought the time jump would bother me, but I actually didn't mind it at all. It gave Amelia enough time to possibly move on from John Devlin. Whether she does or not, I won't spoil here (as usual, any spoilers will be under spoiler tags), but I will say that I was very much in favor of a new relationship, and I thought Lucian Kendrick was a g
Christy LoveOfBooks

So much creepy ghostly goodness! I’m in love with this series, and The Sinner solidified my feelings. It’s impossible not to get completely sucked into this captivating atmospheric story.

Can’t a person work in a cemetery in peace? Sheesh! Amelia was hired to restore the old Seven Gates Cemetery and has been at it all summer without incident. That is until she discovers a fresh corpse where it doesn’t belong. The circumstances surrounding the situation are very peculiar, and Amelia finds herself
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Amanda Stevens is the award-winning author of over fifty novels, including the modern gothic series, The Graveyard Queen. Her books have been described as eerie and atmospheric, “a new take on the classic ghost story.” Born and raised in the rural south, she now resides in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys binge-watching, bike riding and the occasional Horror Night with friends.

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Graveyard Queen (6 books)
  • The Restorer (Graveyard Queen #1)
  • The Kingdom (Graveyard Queen #2)
  • The Prophet (Graveyard Queen, #3)
  • The Visitor (Graveyard Queen, #4)
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