The Delphi Effect (The Delphi Trilogy #1)
By: Rysa Walker
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
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.
If you put a telepathic spin on talking to the dead, you’ll come close Anna’s gift in The Delphi Effect. Ever since she was a child, since before she was abandoned in a mall food court with a sign claiming she was possessed, Anna has been picking up “hitchers,” or the spirits of the dead that have clung to certain locations or objects. Among these hitchers is Molly, a young girl looking for closure that may be more involved than Anna bargained for.
From here we get a paranormal mystery as Anna and her best friend, and fellow fostercare member, Deo get dragged deeper into a conspiracy involving members of the United States government and other kids who are not so different from Anna. The plot is fast paced and covers a lot of territory, enough so that I don’t know what to expect for the rest of trilogy. The main points I figured at the beginning would be major points in the trilogy, ended up being plot points in this book. So I can’t imagine where else this story is going to go, and I’m beyond excited to find out.
Outside of the major plot, or alongside it, I should say, Rysa develops plenty of realistic relationships, good and bad, with the new characters that Anna meets along the way. The Bad Guys are detailed, dimensional, and believable. Their motives are clear without having a monologue of epic proportions and the smarmy-ness they reek of leaks off the page. In contrast, there are Anna’s new allies, and in some cases more, whose newfound loyalty to Anna makes sense, because of her connection to Molly, not because they are Nice Guys and this is what they do. In particular, there is Taylor, an old friend of Molly’s and a growing friend of Anna’s, as well as her brother, Aaron, who I grew to adore. The romance isn’t quick, it progresses believably and quietly, and there are no unrealistic, eye roll worthy professions of love. It unfolds subtly until it is voiced and it left me wanting more.
The Delphi Effect is a promising start to a new trilogy that I have decided I MUST keep up with. I have a few guesses of what could be coming, and I can’t wait to see if I’m right. Book 2 can not come quickly enough!
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