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The Delphi Effect

by Rysa Walker

Rated: Moderate

Ever since she can remember, Anna has had the ability (or curse?) of “picking up” spirits of dead people who have unfinished business of some kind. It’s what landed her in foster care as a child. Now, she goes from home to home, and almost from spirit to spirit. Just touching an object that was touched or special to a spirit can get her a new occupant in her mind. Once she is able to help that person find closure, the spirit “moves on,” and she gets all that person’s memories, and even abilities, like playing piano or knowing a lot of history. It’s not fun, but she’s dealt with it, a lot with the help of her longtime counselor, Dr. Kelsey, and the support of her closest friend, Deo, who is like a little brother to her.

But the latest person to occupy her mind is a young teen named Molly, who was murdered. In trying to get Molly’s grandfather to believe that she has information for him, Anna ends up in the thick of not just a three-year-old unsolved murder investigation, but a much more complex plot that involves her and her abilities — as well as other young people out there who have similar psychological abilities. She may be able to help Molly’s family and another family who was close to her, but they may all be targets in what could be either a secret government program or a shadowy organization that may be at least sanctioned by some government people with a lot of power.

I enjoyed this new book by Rysa Walker, but I liked Walker’s Chronos Files books better, just in that they were more original, and I liked all the crazy moving around time that happened in those. This story was much like the X-Men or any number of other stories about people being given or having special abilities and being used by the government or shadowy organizations. But held my interest and I’ll read the other books, most likely, when they come out.

Rated: Moderate, for occasional use of mild and moderate language, and occasional violence. There are some spots where there are shootings and talk of blood. It’s not too detailed but just enough to push it above a Mild rating. Sexual content involves mostly the awareness that a character was raped, though it’s referred to minimally, just enough so readers know that it happened (in the past).

*I received an advanced reader’s copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for about 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • The Delphi Effect
  • by Rysa Walker
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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