Delia Martin, Book 2
Synopsis: Delia Martin has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with the ability to peer across to the other side. Since childhood, her constant companions have been ghosts. She used her powers and the help of those ghosts to defeat a twisted serial killer terrorizing her beloved San Francisco. Now it’s 1917—the threshold of a modern age—and Delia lives a peaceful life with Police Captain Gabe Ryan.
That peace shatters when a strange young girl starts haunting their lives and threatens Gabe. Delia tries to discover what this ghost wants as she becomes entangled in the mystery surrounding a charismatic evangelist who preaches pacifism and an end to war. But as young people begin to disappear, and audiences display a loyalty and fervor not attributable to simple persuasion, that message of peace reveals a hidden dark side.
As Delia discovers the truth, she faces a choice—take a terrible risk to save her city, or chance losing everything?
Review: I was excited to discover this new novel by Jaime Lee Moyer and read more Delia Martin’s adventures. Then it must be said that the mix of ghosts, investigations in a different century, can only be a pleasure to read.
Delia is now married to Gabe, like his friend Jack and the two couples evolve over time. Jack now has a child while Delia has lost hers and tries to continue her life even if nothing is simple after such a tragedy. But Delia and Gabe deeply love each other and it helps them go through the trials of their life. Yet they will have to be welded more for this new story coming in their way. It appears that the officer is haunted by a little girl that his wife is not able to drive away and the spirit is determined to get a message across. In addition to appear and interact with objects, she is also able to invade the dreams of the young man, leaving him with nightmares he does not remember thereafter. Delia and Dora therefore team up to try to find a solution to this problem but in addition to this, they will find themselves at the heart of an investigation that could put them all in danger. In fact, people all over town are disappearing and are then found dead a few days later, all in a strange way and everything tends to show that a newcomer in town is responsible. But this also means that it is very dangerous.
I was excited to discover this new story and I must say that I took a great pleasure in discovering everything. I was immediately grabbed by the story that the author presents here and I was curious to see how everything was linked at the end of the book. The investigation was fascinating to follow and I was eager to see the resolution of the story and for that, Jaime Lee Moyer won her challenge. If you are looking for really big bad guy, do not hesitate because the one staged here is really terrible! Oh yes, because he/she works with impunity and manipulates everyone with a great natural. I was also very touched by the Delia’s story and the loss of her child and it’s true that I was sad for her whenever certain events or actions made me think of it. But our heroine is strong and Gabe is always there for her. But these are not the only ones to go through a bad patch and it is the same for Dora and it is true that we can only sympathize with respect to their situation.
In the novel, we meet new characters with pleasure, such as an Asian spiritualist who seems to have more power than we would believe and who I think will take a prominent place in the rest of the story. I have many questions about him and hopefully we will learn more about him soon. There is also this little cat who befriends Delia and who manages to see spirits and fights like a tigress to help her mistress. Yet another character? Oh yes because he remains present all along the chapters and this is not one of the lesser. Indeed, it is a new police officer who will be able to help with his neutral nature Delia, Gabe and especially Dora in their investigations and even more. It’s a simple character, natural, who does not know much about what’s going on but he takes a place in our hearts little by little and I’m curious to find him soon.
You’ll understand that this is a very good second novel and I hope to read soon the next volume. In fact, I look forward to it. If you are looking for a good investigation, intriguing characters mixed with ghosts, do not hesitate!