The Delphi Effect

The Delphi Effect

by Rysa Walker


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It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503938823
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Series: Delphi Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 870,334
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rysa Walker is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she read every chance she got. On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stoplight. She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is working on her next series, The Delphi Project. If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back into the writing cave. For news and updates, subscribe to the newsletter at

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The Delphi Effect 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
The Delphi Trilogy, Book 1 By: Rysa Walker Narrated by: Kate Rudd This was such an awesome book. A girl can see and talk with ghosts which has caused problems all her life. Sounds like a normal story but it is not. This is a fresh take on the theme. She tries to help this very insistent ghost. From this, it leads to almost getting killed herself. Then getting kidnapped. It is a fast and furious story with lots of things going on at one time. A wonderful cast of characters and a twisted plot that leads you on many roads that cross. A fun ride and loved it so much. A touch of romance, lots of paranormal fun, and suspense. Ends nice but ready for the next book and I am eager for that. It is an audible book and the narrator is so awesome, the voices and inflections are perfect! Made the book so exciting. Thanks!
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
The Delphi Effect is captivating. It contains element of the paranormal–—Anna is picks up spirits who have something they need to accomplish before they can go to the Great Beyond. But is also contains elements of science fiction—Anna’s gift didn’t necessarily come to her naturally and perhaps the Government has something to do with it. I can tell you the exact minute in the book I knew there was no turning back. "Someone dropped her off in a shopping mall food court just before her third birthday. Pinned to her dress was a note with the name, Anna, a date of birth and the words, This child is possessed." I shared that quote with my sister and her response was, “Talk about a hook.” I agreed with her. It is quite a hook—it should be on the front of the book. And then she said, “In the child’s defense, ALL 3-year-olds act possessed.” There is some truth in that statement, too. From that point forward, the story moves along at a quick pace. There is no slowing down which was fine until the end and the Great Escape takes place. With so much going on inside and outside of Anna’s head (I think she had 3 or 4 spirits in her head at that point) I was thoroughly confused about the WHOLE escape. I kept going back and re-reading paragraphs and still couldn’t make sense of it. So I just gave up. If someone who has read this can explain to be what the hell happened and draw me a map, it would be greatly appreciated. I’m excited to see where The Delphi Effect goes next. There was an interesting discovery about Anna towards the end and I’m wondering if perhaps she might end up a bit like Chuck Bartowski, but with more grit. Plus there are Harry Potter and Supernatural references! When does book 2 come out?
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
I won a digital copy of The Delphi Effect in a Goodreads giveaway! Thank you! "Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review." Thanks to NetGalley, Skyscape and Goodreads giveaways for the opportunity to read and review The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker! A young woman, Anna, meets Molly's grandfather to let him know that his deceased granddaughter wants to converse with him. Molly's grandfather, Porter, at first full of skepticism, comes to believe in Anna and her abilities. After talking to Porter for the first few times, Anna finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation, human trafficking and threats to her life. She meets and receives help from other people that have special abilities different from her own. Anna is captured while trying to rescue her friend, Deo, and she is put through experiments that test her abilities. The first book in this trilogy, The Delphi Effect is suspenseful and unique. I really enjoyed the references to the Harry Potter series! The author's note on factual information in this book is helpful for further research and interesting on its own. 4 stars!
onemused More than 1 year ago
"The Delphi Effect" is a well-written sci-fi, paranormal mystery. Anna is a 17-year-old with the unusual skill of picking up the souls of the deceased. They share her brain in a way and can take control of her body, so she builds mental walls in her brain to keep them from taking over and to prevent losing her sanity. Once they move on/leave, she is left with all of their memories, including of life occurrences, of facts and of physical skills (e.g. driving, riding a bike, ice skating). She has been in the system of foster homes since she was abandoned at the age of 3 with a sign saying her name, DOB and that she was possessed. Her family now is her foster brother Deo and her long-term therapist, Kelsey. The book begins when she tries to contact the grandfather, Porter, of a persistent soul, Molly, to help solve her murder. Molly is so insistent because the man who killed her has and will kill others. As the story grows, we learn that Molly had gotten mixed up with a man who was involved in much bigger and more dangerous things. This leads us to the Delphi Project, where they collect and enhance the psychic abilities of young people- some are human trafficking victims and some are children who had been placed in psychiatric institutions- where they are treated as though they are dispensable. The book is really engaging- I had a hard time putting it down. The plot is very intricate and you need a lot of focus while reading- it really sucks you in! It moves very quickly at the beginning and end, but there was a place in the middle where I felt that it was a little slow. However, this time was needed to really build up the danger, and also to create a romantic relationship between Anna and Aaron (the brother-like figure who Molly had a crush on). Their relationship was just budding and stayed this way during the book, but they had more than enough else going on to keep me engaged and enjoying it! This has really clear potential to be a great series and TV show- I can easily see it continuing and being just as fantastically written with Anna and her hitchers... especially with all the things we learn later in the story. I will definitely be on the look-out for the sequels! Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com More than 1 year ago
What an excellent read this was! I’ve read Rysa Walker before – Timebound, the first in the Chronos Files series. I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it, which surprised me since I am normally a huge fan of time travel stories and the plotline/characters were intriguing… Something about it felt a little off to me, though, but not so far so that I wasn’t curious about the author’s latest series. I am SO exceedingly glad I wasn’t put off, because The Delphi Effect was extraordinary. The writing was excellent, the storyline was novel (in a book world populated by an abundance of paranormalcy, that’s saying something) – and the characters, oh my goodness, the characters were wonderful. They felt fresh and clever and sassy while still remaining utterly human. Anna’s life isn’t one I’d wish on my worst enemy, but she handles whatever comes her way with aplomb – despite the veritable minefield of surprises thrown her way page after page… The supporting characters (most notably for me, Deo and Daniel) were well developed and really added depth to the story. This is a tale of family – the one we choose for ourselves as well as the ones we are born with/acquire along the way. But it’s also a tale of independence and making one’s own way – even when one has absolutely no idea where to step next.., The story opened strong and stayed that way. The drama built steadily until the ending, which blew me away – I am already eagerly awaiting the next installment… This was an excellent start to a very promising new series! I received my review copy of this marvelous book free of charge through, in exchange for my honest review.