Book #70: 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.

I received a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. This is an honest review and I was not compensated in any way.

I became a Rysa Walker fan with her book Timebound. The moment I got an email from NetGalley about a new series by Rysa Walker, I instantly requested it! I had to. Rysa Walker made a complex story and world in the Chronos series. I wanted to see what other worlds and meet new characters she had in her mind.

I wasn’t let down.

The Delphi Effect is like Ghost Whisperer meets The Men Who Stared at Goats. Anna is a girl who is in contact with the dead. No, it’s not like the typical haunted girl. The spirits aren’t physically there. In fact, Walker explained it perfectly when Anna was trying to explain it. Basically the spirits are large files of data and Anna is a super computer who gains their knowledge, experiences, etc. after they have been “downloaded”.  The thing is, she has to help them find closure in order for there not to be multiple voices in her head.

She’s been doing this quite a few times in her life. The start of the book is during one of those moments which quickly becomes more than she was willing to handle. Add in government secrets, psychics, psychopaths, and you have a massive undertaking.

I found all of the characters enjoyable. Anna was strong and could handle her own better than I could. Deo is just lovable. Honestly, all of the characters, bad and good, dead and alive, are developed.

I have found a new series that I’m going to have to wait for. Can’t wait to hear the audio of this one too! A must read for a Rysa Walker fan or a person just learning about her.

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