File This Under "Best of 2016": The Dephi Effect by Rysa Walker (Review)

Did you know that Rysa Walker won the Amazon Breakthrough Award in 2013? I didn't, and I definitely am kicking myself for keeping her novel, Timebound, in the abyss of e-books on my Kindle because HOLY CANNOLI The Delphi Effect is out of this world insanely good.

Let's be clear: The Delphi Effect is like nothing you've read before. When I was trying to put together our new feature "For fans of..." I couldn't think of one book that I've read that mirrors the characters, themes, or story contained in The Delphi Effect. When I tried to describe it to someone, I found myself at a loss. Yeah, it's sci-fi, but it doesn't feel difficult. Sure, there are paranormal elements but it's not forced or at odds with the sci-fi elements. There are even elements of contemporaries, with the way the characters interface with each other. The writing and storytelling are incredibly strong.

He wants a combo. Someone who can read minds, see the future, pull a Jedi mind trick, and who knows what else. The abilities you need, when you need them, all in one package.

Anna has spent her life in limbo, going from home to home and picking up ghost after ghost, all wanting something from her and not giving her a break until they get what they need. At 17, Anna picks up Molly, a recently missing teen who is suspected to be dead. Along with Molly are a whole pack of friends and family who are looking to solve her brutal murder. Anna is the conduit to bringing Molly peace. Along the way, Anna uncovers a much larger conspiracy that may be connected to her sixth sense.  

I was on the edge of my seat through this whole book. There is consistent action and excitement and I worried immensely about Anna and all of the other characters. I wanted resolution for Molly, while also wanting Anna to have stability in her home environment and her mind. I enjoyed the fact that Anna has a support system in her best friend and also her therapist, who accept her as she is. 

Rysa explains her research process in the acknowledgements, which combined with the ending of the story, left me thrilled that The Delphi Effect is only the first in the series. 


The Delphi Effect
by Rysa Walker
Published: October 11th 2016
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: Netgalley via Publisher (but trust me, I am purchasing it next!)

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.


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