“Jeepers creepers” would probably be the easiest way to describe The Diviners by Libba Bray, the spooky new 1920s-era paranormal thriller from the bestselling author of Beauty Queens, Going Bovine, and the Gemma Doyle trilogy. This period piece is a moody read — especially fitting for this month’s Haunted Reads theme.
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-tute-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.
The Diviners is a book I’d caution you to read at night only if you’ve the nerves to handle turning off the light when it’s time to go to sleep. Bray amps up the spook factor, and it will certainly give you chills. Or, more appropriately, the “creepy crawlies.”
This book is a moody, atmospheric tale that is as much about 1920s New York City as it is about a series of Occult murders. The story just wouldn’t be the same were it set in another place or time. The setting is really a starring character in a grand tale about magic and the Occult.
Likewise, The Diviners is about a lot more than Evie O’Neill — because despite what the official flap copy tells you, she’s just one of several key figures in an unfolding drama that far exceeds what Bray sets forth in this first volume. One of what is expected to be a four-book series, The Diviners is about as perfect as a book can be — while still leaving room for an on-going saga. And I don’t know about you, but I pos-i-tutely can’t wait to see what happens next.
The Diviners is in stores now.