Delia's Shadow

Delia's Shadow

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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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765331854
Characteristics: 336 pages : maps ; 22 cm


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Sep 09, 2015

Great series. Easy reads. Good ghost stories.

Dec 09, 2013

This was an enjoyable read that incorporated several elements. First, it's a ghost story, with Delia being haunted by the dead (Maybe it's a tad too Sixth Sense: She sees dead people?). Second, it's a good historical romance, with a nice match between Delia and Gabe. Third, it's a solid police procedural mystery, with the cops chasing a truly frightening serial killer--well before that term came in to use (the setting is San Francisco circa 1915. Recommended if you like period films like Changeling.

Nov 29, 2013

From the moment I read the promotional blurb, I really wanted to get & like this book, but sadly, it's a case of too much hype. The premise is good...a paranormal historical murder mystery set in 1915 San Francisco during the Exposition. Delia, who has always been able to see ghosts, returns to SF after 3 years in New York. She is reunited with her BFF Sadie, who's getting married to Jack, a cop. He & his partner Gabe are trying to find a killer who is murdering people in horrific ways reminiscent of a case from 30 years ago when Gabe's father worked the case. But the characters are oddly flat & inconsistent with the times. Also, I was impressed with how quickly Delia's friends accepted the news of her "gift" (I'm thinking at least one of them would have raised an eyebrow & wondered if she'd had too much wine with dinner). This is a very descriptive novel (the setting, the women's clothing) except when it comes to the cast. There is no background on how Delia came to have this ability, why it disappeared for awhile or why it's back. Same thing with the killer. Although you know he's the murderer from the moment his character makes an appearance, little detail is given as to his background & motive & we're left to assume he's crazy. This is a slow, somber & undemanding read & we spend much time in the heads of Delia & Gabe as they tell of their thoughts & feelings in alternating chapters. Their relationship is both tepid & rushed, especially for Gabe, a man we're repeatedly told is still living in the past & drowning in grief over the loss of his wife. Somehow, after knowing Delia for about 2 weeks, he's planning their future. Thank God for Madam Isadora Bobet, a flamboyant medium who adds much colour & interest to the story. Maybe it's a case of too much hype to live up to or just a matter of taste. It's a very "clean" read (no sex, swearing, etc.) but in the end, just lacked the depth & action that would have kept me quickly turning the pages. If you enjoyed it, good's the start of a series.


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