The Delphi Effect
By Rysa Walker
Summary: 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.
Source: I received a digital copy from NetGalley
I haven’t read the Chronos novels by Walker, but I have heard pretty good things about it. I requested The Delphi Effect based on the synopsis, but also knowing the author’s other books are widely liked. I figured it was bound to be as awesome as it sounded. Fortunately, I made a good decision! I enjoyed The Delphi Effect quite a bit. It was a great blend of ghosts, abilities, and government conspiracies. I enjoyed the plot and I had fun reading the book.
Anna was a likable character who had a difficult life. She had a strange ability that she tried to keep under control. She could talk to ghosts, but not like, all of the time. Basically, she was a vessel that ghosts could hitch a ride on, but she could control it enough to avoid a full blown possession. She had a friend in the foster system that she was super loyal to and a great doctor who actually believed her. And she kept her life under as much control as she could.. Until Molly.
Molly’s ghost hitched a ride and kept insisting that Anna tell her grandfather about it. She was murdered and she knew who did it and it was important enough for her to urge Anna to get involved. Against her better judgement, Anna complied and entered into a crazy whirlwind of danger, the paranormal, and government testing.
I loved the characters, especially the ones Anna got to meet after Porter finally believed her. She wasn’t as alone as she may have thought.
The Delphi Effect was the perfect book to lead me into fall reading since it wasn’t an outright horror, but it was certainly full of ghosts, a bit of gore, and an adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat. And even a little bit a romance peppered in. Slightly. I definitely recommend it and I’m eager to check out the other trilogy from the author now.