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Delia's Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Jaime Lee Moyer
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Book Description

“[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 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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Editorial Reviews


"Moyer creates a hauntingly real San Francisco, full of characters you can't wait to get to know better. "Delia"'"s Shadow" is an engaging debut novel, one that cost me a good night's sleep." --Jim C. Hines, author of" Libriomancer""Like fog creeping in from the Bay, this ghostly, romantic tale of San Francisco past made the outside world disappear and sent shivery tendrils into my soul. A gorgeous and haunting book." --Rae Carson, author of "The Girl of Fire and Thorns""Haunting and sweet, "Delia"'"s Shadow" pulls off the rare feat of combining a thrilling ghost story with a gentle romance." --S. C. Butler, author of "Reiffen"'"s Choice"

About the Author

JAIME LEE MOYER’s Delia’s 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765331829
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (September 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BY5R00S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars three might be too generous... May 28, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
THE GOOD..the language is lovely, the framing of the characters has potential and I really like that when a rational character tells her friend then others about the ghost(s) she sees, they take her at her word. They might be doubtful, but they trust her enough to give her the benefit of the doubt. No one really hides info, no brave heroine refuses police protection while a killer roams free, no overly hateful boss wont listen to the dedicated cops. All of the things that irritate me in many others books seem to be solved here....Unfortunately, there is also THE BAD...the characters are lightweight and superficial. The book needed editing...Beryl becomes Blythe, the girls moms were best friends.but they didnt meet until they were 10 ..they write regularly but Delia doesnt know how Jack and Sadie met...? There were also just basic printing/editing errors 'though' instead of 'thought' for instance. BUT THE WORST...the cops dont DO anything...they dont discover, detect, or discover anything at all---any and all information, 'clues' , come through the spirit world--thus they dont have to be plausible or make much sense . There was a great deal of potential here, maybe future books will be better..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfold secrets with every page May 23, 2014
By Kristen
Format:Kindle Edition
Delia’s Shadow was a surprise find; it’s a haunting story that connects each character to a mystery that has been going on for a long time. I loved how the plot unfolded secrets, brought about growth in each character, and connected ghosts to help unsolved murders.

Delia’s Shadow follows a young woman named Delia who would seem normal to those that pass her, but she is someone who is gifted with seeing spirits. After a terrible earthquake and fire that happened when she was a child, the dead always come seeking help to move on. But after years of peace from them, a woman who is more haunting that any of the other ghost, seems to need her help. Delia is brought back on to San Francisco only to have the ghost connect her to a long line of murders. The murderer has been in hiding for 30 years, but why has he now retuned and why is one of victims seeking Delia?

Deila is a smart and unique woman who has a lot to learn about her gift. She has been teaching ever since she left San Francisco and has tried to leave the ghosts behind. After the loss of her parents in the great quake she was raised by a family friend Esther and gained a sister Sadie. Esther’s illness has caused her to return and be with her sister Sadie during Esthers final days. As well as the haunting of a female ghost who seems to be stronger than anything she’s ever encountered. Delia’s family knows about her seeing ghost and Sadie is the one person who is supportive. But when Delia’s ghost whom she names “Shadow” connects to a case that Sadie’s fiancé and partner Jack are working on, Delia discovers the importance of her gift and that she could help stop a very dangers person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The following review is based on a copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
It was first posted on my blog here: [...]

I was first drawn to this book by the promise of a historical San Francisco and ghosts. It's been a while since I last read a ghost novel, and Delia's Shadow turned out to be so much more than that. Jaime Lee Moyer did a great job blending historical fiction with crime, mystery, paranormal, and a slow-building romance.

The novel begins with Delia returning to San Francisco and her friend Sadie, whose family took her in after her own died in the great earthquake of 1906. Delia is haunted by a spirit she calls Shadow, a ghost stronger than any other she has encountered thus far. She feels drawn to Shadow and wants to help her find rest, but she is also afraid of her.

Sadie knows about Delia's ability to see ghosts and sets up a meeting with Isadora, a talented medium, to help her keep the ghosts at bay. Isadora was a mysterious character and I came to like her and admire her strength, though sometimes it was unclear how trustworthy she really was. The friendship between Sadie and Delia was also something I enjoyed, as all too often in my opinion friendship between women in fiction has an undercurrent of rivalry that I dislike. Something I wasn't expecting is that Delia's Shadow is narrated in dual perspective. Delia's parts are written in the first person, while those of Gabe, one of the detectives investigating a series of murders, is written in third person. I'm not sure why the author didn't settle for the same person in both cases but I really enjoyed getting to know both characters better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed this read
thoroughly enjoyed this read, Delightfully written it kept my interest and kept me on the edge of my seat. Looking forward to the next in the series!
Published 2 months ago by Donna Wickboldt
5.0 out of 5 stars Be wary of ghosts because they only seek to use you for their own...
An atmospheric and outright haunting read, Delia's Shadow was one of those books I did not want to put down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tabitha @ Not Yet Read
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts galore!
Really enjoyed this, and if you are a ghost groupie you will have such fun with this novel. Hoping for more from this author soon!
Published 6 months ago by wintergirl
4.0 out of 5 stars A Vintage Mystery
Part ghost story, part murder mystery, this period romance set in San Francisco is captivating and compelling. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christina Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars Super story
Well written and fast paced. Even though you have to buy into the idea of ghosts, this is such a good story that it is easy to become immersed in the story I thought it was darn... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Theresa Rouvalis
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Mystery
. . . With ghosts! A near-believable ability to see spirits makes Delia an exceptional character, and Moyer did a great job of showing us Delia's emotions and human responses to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ariel I. (Beth)
4.0 out of 5 stars Delia's Shadow
Delia Martin has the ability to see ghosts. She is returning home to San Francisco after three years of being away because of a specter that won't leave her alone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A touch of romance and the paranormal
I thought that this book was just awesome. The author really had a way of bringing the early 1900's to life and taking the reader on a trip back in time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jump Into Books
5.0 out of 5 stars A little of everything
Part murder mystery, part romance, part ghost story....wholly entertaining! Set to be the first in a series, Delia Martin is a sensitive. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beth Riker
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Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer
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