The Diviners

(2 reviews with an average rating of 4 out of 5)

Publisher: Atom

Party girl and troublemaker Evie has been exiled from small town Ohio and shipped off to the streets of Jazz Age New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly thrilled about it. Plunged into a giddy world of glitzy, glamorous speakeasies, movie palaces, flapper fashions, skyscrapers and neon-drenched New York nights, Evie is in her element.

But her charmed life of dancing, ragtime and illegal gin is soon disrupted when a sinister string of occult murders come to light and Evie's Uncle Will, Curator of the obscure Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult (also known as 'The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies') find himself in the thick of the investigations. What Uncle Will doesn't yet know is that Evie has a secret - a strange power that may have got her into hot water back home, but that may now help her to catch the killer. That is, of course, if he doesn't catch her first…

Libba Bray vividly captures the atmosphere of New York City in the Roaring Twenties from the Ziegfeld Follies to the streets of Harlem, in this appealing blend of historical novel and dark, spine-tingling supernatural murder mystery, the first in a projected quartet.

Packed with hilarious 1920s slang, snappy one-liners and intriguing period detail, this is a beautifully-crafted novel with a complex, twisting plot and plenty of creepy moments that will keep readers right on the edge of their seats. Introducing us to an intriguing ensemble cast of characters as well as wonderfully bright and breezy heroine in Evie - and of course, a truly terrifying villain - The Diviners is a hugely entertaining adventure that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment.

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