Nov 22, 2013

Book Review: Delia's Shadow

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. 

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It's not often that a book will entrance me from the very beginning but DELIA'S SHADOW was one that succeeded.  Part of what caught and held my attention was the time period itself.  This was the first time that I have been introduced to California in the early 20th century.  Cars are beginning to take over for carriages and some of the homes are now equipped with telephones.  Electric lights are becoming common, and the city has recovered nicely from the Earthquake and is getting ready for the Fair.

Women are starting to starting to claim some independence and Delia is used to making her own decisions.  I really enjoyed the character of Delia as she has a level head even though the ghosts are starting to wear upon her.  A lot of her ideas were rather progressive for that time and the fact that she talks to ghosts...  Well let's say, it's good thing that her best friend's fiance and his partner believe in her.

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