Synopsis: 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.
Review: I admit that I was immediately attracted by the sublime cover that the book presents here, how not to be? In addition, the title also made me curious, I have the same name as the heroine. Something that I must say is quite rare. So you can imagine that I was eager to see how the story was going to be.
Delia has been seeing ghosts for a long time, but for escaping all that, she went to work in New York for a few years and it seemed to work. At least until one day, a shadow appears and seems to haunt her. This girl wants our young heroine to discover what happened to her. So for that, Delia returns home to find her best friend and her mother who is really sick. But the ghost becomes increasingly persistent and our young woman will find herself involve in a much more complicated story than she would have expected. Indeed, she will be at the heart of a police investigation where a serial killer seems to have resumed service after many years. And her ghost appears to have been a victim of this man and Delia is the only one who can help the investigation move forward. But at what price?
I admit that I was curious to see how the investigation would turn and especially who was behind the murders. I confess that at the end of the novel I was quite surprised to see who the culprit was. Many people are involved in this investigation and I loved to follow the progress of the case. Delia is a very brave young woman despite everything she had to go through and I must say it is very difficult to see her facing so many trials. She could, however, get rid of the ghost but remains determined to help and understand what happened to her. In this investigation she meets Gabe, a policeman very involved who is still struggling after the death of his wife a few years ago. Yet once met, the two characters will change and enjoy each other a little more at each of their meetings.
It was a good story, involving an intriguing mystery and I liked how the author managed to lead her plot gradually. A great novel a little different from what we can usually read.