The Abandoned

The Abandoned

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by Amanda Stevens
     
 

There are rules for dealing with ghosts. Too bad Ree Hutchins doesn't know them.

When her favorite patient at a private mental hospital passes away, psychology student Ree Hutchins mourns the elderly woman's death. But more unsettling is her growing suspicion that something unnatural is shadowing her.

Amateur ghost hunter Hayden Priest

Overview

There are rules for dealing with ghosts. Too bad Ree Hutchins doesn't know them.

When her favorite patient at a private mental hospital passes away, psychology student Ree Hutchins mourns the elderly woman's death. But more unsettling is her growing suspicion that something unnatural is shadowing her.

Amateur ghost hunter Hayden Priest believes Ree is being haunted. Even Amelia Gray, known in Charleston as The Graveyard Queen, senses a gathering darkness. Driven by a force she doesn't understand, Ree is compelled to uncover an old secret and put abandoned souls to rest—before she is locked away forever....

An ebook exclusive prequel to The Graveyard Queen series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426888861
Publisher:
MIRA
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Series:
Graveyard Queen , #4
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
67,243
File size:
407 KB

Meet the Author

Amanda Stevens lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and a black cat named Lola. She is an avid reader, a fledgling taphophile, and a collector of Alfred Hitchcock memorabilia. When she’s not writing, she likes taking road trips through the South. You can find her online at www.amandastevens.com

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The Abandoned 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
NookGirlPA More than 1 year ago
This is a good book and I enjoyed reading it but is it seriously worth $2.99 ? Not ! It's only 66 pages, that's like 3 Chapters in a book. I plan to read The Restorer since I liked the story line. I sure hope it's longer.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
I don't know how to rate this novella. On its own, I'd give it a 4/5 because it's a really great read that will have you reeling after it concludes. It's very short, but packed with suspense and is extremely creepy. It does leave the reader with many questions though, but as it's a prequel, I was under the impression that the answers would be revealed in The Restorer. This, unfortunately, is not the case. Actually, the prequel and The Restorer seem to have little in common aside from the fact that Oak Grove Cemetery is a hotspot for activity, Amelia and Devlin are characters in both stories, and there is a mysterious group of elite that go by the name of The Order of the Coffin and the Claw. Yet, neither Amelia nor Devlin play a big part in the prequel, as they do in The Restorer, and The Order is never fully explained in either text. While the cemetery is eluded too through unexplained events, that too is vaguely touched upon in the prequel. Instead, The Abandoned deals with two main characters, Ree and Hayden-a student and a paranormal investigator. While the story surrounding these two characters is interesting and even frightening, it is not fully concluded, and these characters and events are never mentioned in The Restorer, making me wonder what the real purpose of the novella plays in the series. It is apparent that those in The Order of the Coffin and the Claw take part in scary rituals and delve in the dark arts, covering up for each other, but anything beyond that is still a mystery. I really did like the novella but, after having read The Restorer, I am saddened that there is not more of a connection between the two stories. Of course, I suggest reading The Abandoned, but keep in mind that it really isn't a precursor of events in the main novel and, therefore, not mandatory to understand The Restorer. Either way, I did enjoy The Abandoned; I just wish it had more to do with the actual story in The Restorer. Three and a half stars for this novella!
bifocalbabe More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the author's first book in the Graveyard Queen set so thought I'd enjoy this intro. It was ok but didn't truly meld with the other book. We'll see if the next one pulls it all together. If you like stories set in Charleston SC, you will enjoy these books.
NYM More than 1 year ago
My biggest problem with this book was that it just seemed too short. I liked the plot and characters and was left wanting more. Having just read some of the other reviews, it has come to my attention that this is a prequel to a series. I'll have to go take a look at the other books in the series. Maybe those will be a bit (longer) more to my taste. :)
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literary_diva More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. It held my interest more than any shorter nook book has. I wish it were longer. There are a couple of grammatical and formatting issues, but other than that, I think it was written well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure I want to continue the series but enjoyed this short book.
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Just might read the first in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved all of the books in this series. I would/have recommend these to everyone. Amanda Stevens is a great writer...I'm so excited for book 4.
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I read all the others and loved them I just bought this one and I must say disappointed that is only 60 pages what's up with that 2.99 for this I sure hope its good
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Loved it!
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