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  • Posted September 17, 2013

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    Before I get into the important details of this book, can I plea

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    I'm a sucker for a good ghost story. This book was reminiscent o

    I'm a sucker for a good ghost story. This book was reminiscent of the "Ghost Whisperer" tv show but set back in the early 1900's.
     San Francisco has so many ghosts roaming the streets thanks to the 1906 earthquake. Delia, who lost her parents during the quake,
     is returning for her friends wedding. She has seen ghosts her whole life, but went to NY to teach and try to get away from them.
    As she returns she has a persistent ghost with her she calls Shadow. This all sets up the story in SF. A serial killer who hasn't struck for
    30 yrs  is back and the crime story and the ghost story all intertwine. Very good read, couldn't put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    In the year 1915, Delia Martin finds herself back home in San Fr

    In the year 1915, Delia Martin finds herself back home in San Francisco after being away and almost ghost free. Now she has a traveling companion that stays by her side which Delia calls Shadow. Shadow wants something from Delia, that much is clear, but what and how she plans to accomplish those things remain a mystery. 
    Gabe Ryan, a Lieutenant who has been on the force for ten years crosses paths with Delia while on the trail of a serial killer in his city. I liked the fact that the relationship between Delia and Gabe was slow building and not an instant attraction.  He never thought Delia was crazy like some people would when he discovered she not only could see ghosts but has one following her. 
    Aside from Delia and Gabe, there were several characters like Annie (The housekeeper and motherly figure),  Sadie (Delia’s childhood/best friend), Isadora (A Medium & Sadie’s friend) that I enjoyed seeing pop un in the book and thought that they all brought a unique and fun addition to the story. 
    Delia’s Shadow has more mystery than romance, but I was absolutely fine with that. I wasn’t glued to the edge of my seat, but I was entertained. I wished I could’ve seen how the bad guy got the drop on a couple of his victims. And I would have liked to know more about why the bad guy felt the need to do what he did. Apart from that, the mystery was well done. As was the writing, descriptions of the city, and the way of life during that time period. I was a bit surprised that this was Jamie Moyer’s first novel. It was an enjoyable reading experience. 
    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction mystery with a touch of the paranormal. 

    **I received this book on behalf of the Publisher in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion. Thank you**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Let me think...

    I have only begun the novel but im not sure if i like it. Its a bit confusing and slow but then again this id the begining of the book. So idk... im confused.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Delia's Shad

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

    Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer
    Publisher: Tor
    Publication Date: September 17, 2013
    Rating: 1 star
    Source: eARC from NetGalley

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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.

    What I Liked:

    Ahhh, I honestly don't know what to say here. I can't seem to find a silver lining with this book. 

    What I Did Not Like:

    My biggest problem with this book is that it is SO BORING. There, I said it. Trust me, there are other things that I did not like or enjoy, but that one is the biggest one. If you look on Goodreads, you'll see that I started reading this book on September 15th, two days before the release day (which is more than enough time for me to read a book and write its review, and schedule the post either before the release day, or on it). You'll also notice that I finished this book (marked it as "read") on January 21st.

    So, what happened there? Was it a loss of interest? Sheer boredom? Timing? It's a combination of the first two - loss of interest and sheer boredom. I was so excited to read a historical fiction novel, even if it is during my least favorite century (the 1900s, yes, my least favorite century to read about), even if it involved ghosts. But it was SO BORING. I was a thousand percent sure that this book would be my first "DNF" (did-not-finish) book. I was so sure that I was never going to come back to it - that I would either have it under my "currently reading" shelf on Goodreads for the rest of time, or mark it as "DNF".

    Well, somehow, on January 21st, I managed to push myself to read through the rest of the novel. I had read about 46% on September 15th, and then couldn't bring myself to read anymore. I skim-read most of the rest of the book, not even bothering to start from the beginning.

    I think it might have been the author's writing style, but something made this book incredibly dry and boring. The setup of the plot is so dull. There is a murder, and there is a shadow/ghost, and somehow, they connect. I don't like how the author brought about the connection between the ghost and the murders. I don't like the plot of this novel in general. It's so boring. I could care less about what happened to the characters. I could care less about what happened to the ghosts.

    And I REALLY hated the characters. It's probably apathy, but I did not like them. Delia is pathetic, in my opinion. From what I remember, and from what I read, she is whiny and full of excuses, yet the author insists on portraying her as an independent and "strong" woman. Her and Sadie. Honestly, it does not come off as independent or strong. I found the two of them two be scared and inept for the duration of the book.

    So, yeah. No character development. For none of them - Delia, Sadie, Gabe, Jack, Dora, Annie, etc. I'm surprised I remember so many names. This book was just BAD, and there were so many characters, and I just didn't CARE. Snooze.

    The murderer plot was dumb. I was not curious at all as to who was killing people. Honestly, I might have missed that part of the book altogether (this is assuming I remember and/or was awake for most of the book). The romance seems to be pretty important, but then, it seems so silly. Gabe and Delia are quietly obsessed with each other, and it just came off as annoying.

    I really did NOT like the alternating points-of-view. It's not alternating in the traditional sense. Delia has first person, and Gabe has third person. So it was super irritating to be reading in first person, then third person. It also made Gabe seem really detached. I was not a fan.

    I thought this book would be amazing because of what I heard about the author's writing style, but honestly, that could have been the downfall of this book, for me. This book was so incredibly boring - I don't know how I finished this book. 

    Would I Recommend It:

    No. Not at all. It was HORRIBLE. A complete waste of my time - maybe I should have just not finished this one. 


    1 star. This one could be a 0-star book, if such a thing was allowed. So unfortunate.

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