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Historical Crime Fiction Review: Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer (Delia Martin #1)

Egalley thanks to Tor

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

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To be honest I was expecting some sort of historical YA fiction, pretty light, slightly paranormal, with a heavy accent on a love story.

Instead this book is dark, sinister and gripping. It's a paranormal thriller, and I really think the fans of Amanda Stevens would appreciate it the most. Also, it's not a YA.

Delia Martin is a young woman who has been seeing ghosts all her life. She even moved to New York to get away from them, but now there is a certain ghost that haunts her, and Delia has a feeling that she needs to get back to San Francisco to get rid of her Shadow.

She goes home to help her best friend to plan a wedding while the city is suffering from a series of chilling, vicious killings. Her best friend's fiance and his friend are the detectives in charge of the murder case, and when Delia meets them both, it becomes clear to her that her Shadow is somehow connected to these killings...

Delia will need the help of both detectives, a very powerful psychic, a horde of ghosts and her bright-eyed best friend to find the killer and put her Shadow to rest. A great read that grips you with a sense of undeniable urgency that won't let go until the killer is caught. Recommended.

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Книга оказалась очень приятным сюрпризом, так как по описанию я ожидала паранормальный исторический подростковый фикшн, легкий на сюжет и тяжёлый на романтику. На самом деле Тень Делии - очень хороший паранормальный триллер, который придётся по душе фанатам Аманды Стивенс. Тёмный, кровавый, местами холодящий кровь. И ещё это совсем не подростковый фикшн.

Делия - молодая женщина, которую преследуют призраки всю её жизнь. Несколько лет назад она в отчаянии переехала в Нью-Йорк, и вроде бы жизнь её наладилась. Вот только 6 месяцев назад её стал преследовать призрак молодой женщины, и что-то Делии подсказывает, что она сможет от неё избавиться только если вернётся домой в Сан-Франциско.

В Сан-Франциско она знакомится с женихом её лучшей подруги, который вместе со своим другом расследует серию жутких убийств, захлестнувших город, и понимает, что её Тень как-то со всем этим связана.

Делии понадобится помощь обоих детективов, её лучшей подруги, очень сильной ясновидящей и орды призраков, что найти убийцу и упокоить душу её Тени. Хорошая книга, оторваться от неё сложно, рекомендую.


Melliane said...

I really liked this one, it's different from what we can usually read.

Blodeuedd said...

I do think it sounds fun :) so maybe one day

zEmfIrKa said...

I've looked at this book a lot and your review definitely makes me want to pick it up. Oh, and I just adore the cover. :)

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I have this coming up for review and you have me so excited to read it..dark and sinister is good!

Aurian said...

I did want to read the book, but your description really makes it too creepy for me. Thanks Kara!

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