Here is the summary of the book:
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.
Historical fiction - Ghost Story - Thriller - A Subtle Romance. Makes for a nice and complete blend of the story of Delia's Shadow. Centered on the post 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and resulting fires. This is the story of Delia Martin, who had been able to see ghosts as a result or shall I claim as a gift of the quake.
Quite literally this is a murder mystery, with the ghost story playing an integral part of it. And while the majority of the ghosts may not bother her, except for one. This one christened, "Shadow" by Delia, as she doesn't seem to be able to communicate in words but that of dreams. Terrible haunting snippets of Shadow's last breath as she becomes the prey of a ('the') serial killer.
Shadow wants justice and for that Delia returns to San Francisco to help solve that mystery. Reunited with her best friend Saddie and her mother Esther and meeting her (Saddie's) fiancee, Jack and striking a bond with his partner, Gabe. Delia maybe actually closer to solving the mystery that is "Shadow" but her killer is no angel. He is vicious, cunning and ruthless...... and knows how to play the situation in his favor. He has npw set his sinister eyes on the Pan- Pacific International Exhibition - and time is of the essence if they are to prevent more gory acts from this monster.
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Told in the narratives of Delia & Gabe as the two story lines intertwine. The romance is subtle and not overpowering enough to keep room free for the paranormal and murder mystery part of the tale to play out, a plus for me. As the era depicted, the chemistry and romance feel very real and apt. Delia, quite the kind and soft-spoken but a determined person and Gabe, the stalwart detective but closed off. It is interesting how Gabe & Delia feel an attraction towards one another, enough for him to actually be able to let his emotions show.... And the grisly details of the murder are chilling and exciting enough to keep us tethered to our seats.
Full of unexpected twists and turns, the chilling ghostly visits and the gory mystery encompassing a much appreciated eye for details in general, Jaime Lee Moyer has done a marvelous job at connecting the various sub-genres and finally producing a concrete and a solid tale. Unputdownable and engaging.... and if her goodreads author bio is to be believed, two more books are being planned in this series - "A Barricade in Hell" and "Against A Brightening Sky" ..... so i'm definitely keeping my eyes open for these..... while I urge you guys to try it out, this is worth the money.
"Engaging & Unputdownable..... Highly recommended"