The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker
Summary from Netgalley:
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 really like the cover of this book. I tend to prefer covers that are more abstract rather than having models of the characters. This cover is very simple but reflects the supernatural/science fiction aspect of the story. I would definitely pick this book up if I saw it on a shelf in the bookstore or library. I’m not sure what the circle represents, but I like the glow and the different shades of blue and purple.
The start of the book is more typical of a supernatural novel, with Anna trying to bring closure to the family of Molly, the ghost she picked up in a shelter. But things soon start to spiral out of control. As the story unfolds, it becomes less of a ghost story and more of a science fiction with a government conspiracy and some supernatural abilities being thrown into the mix. The characters are all strong and well written. Even the not so nice characters are written well, and there are some pretty evil characters in this story. As we get to know Anna, we understand what it would be like to be her, having another person’s spirit in your head is not as awesome as it sounds. But Anna is able to cope with lots of help from her psychiatrist and her best friend Deo. As the conspiracy spirals out of control and the covert organization tries to control her, we learn that her truest strength is survival and love. Throughout Anna’s journey in this first book of a trilogy, she makes new friends who want to help her but have their own secrets that she must help them keep. There is also a budding romance, which is very sweet and endearing. It is not a major story line in this book and could cause issues for Anna in the future, but I’m pulling for the couple’s happiness. I am looking forward to seeing Anna and her friends in the next two installments of this story.
Reviewed from a copy received from Netgalley.