Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

Delia's Shadow 
by Jaime Lee Moyer
336 pages
NetGalley- Tor 
Historical Fiction
September 17th 2013

Book Jacket Summary
A dark, romantic fantasy set against the backdrop of San Francisco devastated by the Great Quake.

It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.

My Thoughts
Delia, Gabe, Sadie, Jack, Dora, Annie, Mama Esther, Panama-Pacific International Exposition
Delia is coming home to San Francisco after three of teaching in New York and finds that much has changed, except the ghosts that drove her away in the first place. Her best friend Sadie is there to welcome her and make Delia maid of honor at her wedding. This is all set in the 1915's
Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, the perfect place for a serial killer to make his move. The pace is fast and there were many points when I was actually worried about the characters. It is a good mystery and the paranormal elements make it even spookier. Dora, an expert on ghosts, helps Delia control the ghost that is trying to control her into enacting revenge. There are many elements tying the characters together and I really like Dora. She is very vivid and jumps off the page.
The story is told in first person from Delia's point of view and in a third person perspective of Gabe's pov. Each section is clearly labeled and it made it easier to follow than it being first person for both. The only complaint I have is that Moyer misses the show don't tell line a few times. There are going to be two more books that star the characters and I am looking forward to reading them as they come out.  

Book Pairings
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
The Alienist by Caleb Carr



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