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“[Jaime] Moyer creates a hauntingly real San Francisco, full of characters you can't wait to get to know better. Delias Shadow is an engaging debut novel, one that cost me a good night's sleep.” —Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer

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 Delias 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 Delias existence.

Review:

"Moyer's strong debut, set in 1915 San Francisco, combines murder, troubled spirits, and a tender romance. Being able to see ghosts is not unusual for Delia Martin, but she's disconcerted when one begins to follow her around. All Delia can determine is that voiceless Shadow is tormented by her own past and hopes that Delia can set things right. San Francisco police lieutenant Gabriel Ryan is handsome, clever, and thoughtful, and he's willing to believe Delia's tales of ghosts — but being near him makes Shadow restless and disturbed. What is it about him that Shadow knows but can't communicate? Though there are occasions where the story bogs down in modern attitudes and mores, Moyer's detailed research regarding early-20th-century police work and the San Francisco Panama — Pacific Expo help make this romantic supernatural murder mystery sparkle. Agent: Tamar Rydzinski, Laura Dail Literary Agency. (Sept)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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 Delias 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 Delias existence.

About the Author

JAIME LEE MOYERs Delias Shadow won the 2009 Columbus Literary Award for Fiction. Moyer has sold short fiction to Lone Star Stories, Daily Science Fiction, and to the Triangulations: End of the Rainbow, and Triangulations: Last Contact anthologies, and edited the 2010 Rhysling Award Anthology for the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Moyer lives in San Antonio with writer Marshall Payne, three cats, three guitars, and a growing collection of books and music.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Before I get into the important details of this book, can I please just talk about how much I LOVE this cover. It’s so gorgeous and perfectly fits the content within.

Delia’s Shadow is an honest to goodness ghost story. Set about a decade after The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Delia Martin returns home to San Francisco for her best friends wedding, haunted by a ghost she calls Shadow. Shadow torments Delia with nightmares of her murder thirty years ago, a murder eerily similar to those of an uncaught serial killer who appears to be killing again, catapulting Delia into a hunt for the killer. Moyer promises the reader a good old fashioned ghost story and murder mystery and she does not disappoint.

I adored Moyer’s writing. It’s gorgeous, rich in detail and highly atmospheric. I also greatly admire the amount of research that must have gone into this book, I looked a few things up while reading and everything seemed to be spot on. While the book does also features the dreaded dual POV, switching between Delia and Gabe, it worked well with the story. Sometimes POV changes can be disruptive, but that wasn’t the case here. They flowed seamlessly into each other and I enjoyed getting to see things from both characters.

For the most part I also really enjoyed how descriptive the scenes were. Although I haven’t yet had a chance to visit San Francisco, it was easy to picture myself there through Moyer’s descriptions of the architecture, weather and scenery. Moyer paints lovely visual scenes. What made this a less than perfect book for me was the simple fact that as lovely as the writing was, at times it was just a little too heavy and moved just a little too slowly for my, especially during the first 30% or so of the story. There were a few times when the detail was overwhelmingly too much, especially when I’m reading a long paragraph detailing what the characters are eating.

I really loved the story being told here, and it kept me spooked and anxious/impatient for answers throughout. Moyer kept me on my feet the entire time, accomplishing something incredibly rare in a mystery novel: I actually didn’t figure out who the killer was until a paragraph before it was revealed. That never happens. I’m ridiculously good at guessing the who/why. It was creepy in all the right places and her ghosts definitely had teeth. I only had two major complaint about the plot. The first is is that we never get any real explanation about why Delia has the ability to see ghosts, or why she didn’t see them after she moved. I really wish this had been explained more, but I’m hoping it will be more of a focus in later books. The second is a pivotal scene that happens towards the end with Gabe that I felt was just too rushed through. It was one of those blink and you miss it scenes and lacked the emotional punch it should have had.

As for the characters, Delia’s Shadow is filled with tons of great ones, all well-developed and likable. Delia is lovely. Down to earth, brave, intelligent and with just the right amount of sass, she’s one of my new favorites. And of course I fell utterly in love with Gabe. He has an old-soul vibe and a quiet strength that charmed my socks off. I also really loved all of the the minor characters, Sadie especially. She was a breath of fresh air when things got too dark and a perfect balance for Delia. Of all the characters though, Isadora was my favorite. She’s strong, unconventional and mysterious and I hope there is much more of her in the future.

The relationships between Gabe and Delia, Delia and Sadie, Nick and Sadie and Nick and Gabe were all fascinating as well. This is a group of people I would have loved to have been friends with. I especially enjoyed the romance between Gabe and Delia. Despite the quick progression of their relationship, it felt completely organic. Given the high stakes environment they are thrown into and the amount of time they are spending together, it felt natural for them to fall in love so quickly. I also loved that their romance did not overshadow the more important aspects of the plot. It was just a quiet, steady presence that added rather than distracted.

I really loved this book and I want ya’ll to be excited about it too. It was a wonderful debut and I look forward to getting my hands on a finished copy, as well as future books.
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The Lost Entwife, September 19, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
Delia's Shadow was just the book to break me out of a terrible reading funk. For days I'd been dragging myself to various titles, trying to conjure up enough interest to just get a dozen pages read only to find myself staring out the window, wishing I could recapture my love of reading. So I decided, hey - let's pick up a title that has an interesting cover and premise and, oh yeah, let's also make sure I will not want to turn the lights out at night. That sounds like fun - and people... it was fun.

Have you seen the show The Ghost Whisperer? Are you a fan of said show? If so, this is the story for you. Delia is haunted by a young woman (well, she sees ghosts all the time, but this young woman in particular, latches onto her) and sets out to find out the message that her "shadow (ghost)" has communicated to her. Set in San Francisco, the setting here is fun, lively, and interesting - especially with a backdrop of tragedy that provides quite a few ghosts for interesting little asides in the story.

But, as always there seems to be a but these days, I will warn you that, at times, the dialog can come off as a bit cheesy and a little cliche. After all, there is a theme of romance (why, Jaime Lee Moyer? Why did there need to be a romance in this story?) that weakens the scary-factor of the book, but it isn't enough of an annoyance to take away from the sheer, unadulterated, pure fun I had while whizzing through the pages.

So if you are looking for a light, slightly scary (I did turn off the lights, but only after thinking about it a while) story that involves ghosts, tragedy, murder, and romance, than I suggest you pick up Delia's Shadow. It doesn't disappoint.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765331823
Author:
Moyer, Jaime Lee
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 3 black and white maps
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Moyer's strong debut, set in 1915 San Francisco, combines murder, troubled spirits, and a tender romance. Being able to see ghosts is not unusual for Delia Martin, but she's disconcerted when one begins to follow her around. All Delia can determine is that voiceless Shadow is tormented by her own past and hopes that Delia can set things right. San Francisco police lieutenant Gabriel Ryan is handsome, clever, and thoughtful, and he's willing to believe Delia's tales of ghosts — but being near him makes Shadow restless and disturbed. What is it about him that Shadow knows but can't communicate? Though there are occasions where the story bogs down in modern attitudes and mores, Moyer's detailed research regarding early-20th-century police work and the San Francisco Panama — Pacific Expo help make this romantic supernatural murder mystery sparkle. Agent: Tamar Rydzinski, Laura Dail Literary Agency. (Sept)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

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 Delias 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 Delias existence.

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