Today, I'm reviewing Jaime Lee Moyer's Delia's Shadow for Tuesday Evening Reads.
This is a creepy, beautifully written, atmospheric piece which is perfect now that fall's right around the corner.
Published September 17th 2013 by Tor
Format read: E-ARC
So when I saw the cover of Delia's Shadow on NetGalley, and read the synopsis, I knew I had to have this book. It had everything I want in my fall/Halloween stories - ghosts, historical setting, and a creepy mystery.
Fortunately for me, Tor kindly granted me access to ARC, and I dove right in.
Synopsis (via Goodreads)
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.
Things that worked:
The two main characters are just what I like to see in my heroines and heroes.
Delia is charming, intelligent and has a certain amount of gumption which helps propel the novel forward. Gabe is steadfast, but also strong in his own way.
I think readers will absolutely love the two of them, and fall in love with the idea of them falling in love.
* The supernatural elements
I've definitely read ghost stories before, but nothing like this. Moyers has definitely taken on the concept of hauntings/ghosts and mysteries, and created something that is uniquely her own.
Readers will be intrigued, drawn toward, and creeped out by these elements.
* The historical setting
Moyer makes strong use of the setting and the atmosphere, and it only enhances and magnifies the story.
Things that didn't work/Things to consider:
However, for me personally, I thought that the writing was pitch perfect. It really set the tone, to the point where I felt like I was living IN the world, even in the scenes that made me squirm a bit.
I especially recommend Delia's Shadow for fans of historical fiction, murder mysteries, and readers of good literature in general.
I know that I'll definitely looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for anything Moyer may write in the future.
Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of Delia's Shadow from Tor via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
About the author:
two cats, three guitars and a growing collection of books and music.
Her first novel, DELIA'S SHADOW, will be published by TOR Books on September 17, 2013. Two other books in the series, A BARRICADE IN HELL, and AGAINST A BRIGHTENING SKY, will be published in 2014 and 2015. Her novels are represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.
Jaime has sold short fiction to Lone Star Stories, Daily Science Fiction, and to the Triangulations: End of the Rainbow, and Triangulations: Last Contact anthologies. She was poetry editor for Ideomancer Speculative Fiction for five years and edited the 2010 Rhysling Award Anthology for the Science Fiction Poetry Association. A poet in her own right, she's sold more than her share of poetry.