Review: The Sinner by Amanda Stevens

sinnerReviewed by Jen

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, trying to keep him out of her mind. She’s failing miserably.

Anyway, as the story begins, Amelia makes a gruesome discovery… the body of a woman buried alive. Of course, her death isn’t anything so simple as a run-of-the-mill murder. There’s a dark history in the home Amelia is renting. Ritual sacrifices. Possession. Secret societies. And there is an eerie presence everywhere. Amelia has no idea who to trust. The woman whose family was killed when she was a child? The seductive and enigmatic detective in charge of the case? His aw’shucks deputy?

There is so much tension. Everyone seems to have a hidden agenda. Even Amelia’s old colleagues are suspect. The author does such a fantastic job of keeping me on the edge of my seat, especially with the dark tone –with death around every corner. I really wasn’t sure what would happen from one chapter to the next.

And then there’s the romantic thread. Which made me kind of crazy. I’ve been Team-John since day 1. But the fact that he’s left Amelia high and dry for a year seriously dampens my enthusiasm. And Amelia’s devotion –especially in light of the events of this book– was kind of frustrating. In fact, I was actually kind of rooting for her to take a romantic detour. (No spoilers, though.)

It’s a good book. And it left me itching to see how this is all going to end.

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by publisher

Click to purchase: Amazon

The Sinner
by Amanda Stevens
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Mira

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