I just reread this book and discovered that I don't just still love it but enjoyed it even more without the gnawing tension distracting me from the rich sense of place and time. The worst thing I can say about it is that the first few pages suffer a little from the first book problem of a writer trying to catch the reader but that quickly settles and the rest is a smooth and finely crafted delight. Delia's Shadow is a perfectly balanced blend of ghost story, serial-killer hunt, and romance - with characters who delight and entertain as people not as dramatic tools, the kind of people I'd want as friends every day as well as when faced with unquiet ghosts or their murderer. It isn't comforting fiction but it is a good book to curl up with and enjoy every page.
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.
Murder mystery, ghosts, love story, friendship, family- this novel has it all. I love being blown away with new authors and Ms. Moyer has definately done that. Her writing style is beautifully simple, with elegant characters that transport you back in time to the beginning of the 20th century, a few years after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Delia is sharp, kind, and flawed (she sees and is haunted by ghosts), Gabe is a police officer haunted by his past (in more ways than one). Brought together by their best friends they're the only hope to solving a gruesome string of murders that have hit close to home for two different generations of cops.
A wonderfully spun tale, with heart warming as well as terrifying moments. This novel delights to no end.