The Diviners by Libba Bray
Summary: Evie O’Neill has gone and gotten herself kicked out of her small town in Ohio, so she has no choice but to move to New York City. Her bachelor uncle will be taking care of her, but he’s mostly busy managing his museum—his occult museum. As soon as Evie arrives in New York, a series of murders begin to occur, each accompanied by a cryptic message. Evie has a gift that might be helpful in figuring out whodunit, so she weasels her way into the crime scenes. It’s not like she’s got anything better to do!
My thoughts: The glitz and glam of the 20’s is part of what makes the Jazz Age such a fun time period to read about. Libba Bray captures the essence of the era effortlessly: The Diviners is full of snazzy slang, bobbed haircuts, and parties where girls in flapper dresses get rip-roaring drunk. Bray plays up the glamor of the Roaring Twenties, but it never gets over-the-top; the setting merely makes The Diviners stand out amongst the other paranormal mysteries on the market.
The Diviners has quite a twisty plot, following a myriad of different characters to one or two common climaxes. Bray already showed us that she can manage a large cast with Beauty Queens, and she continues this in The Diviners. In this book, however, each character gets a bit more focus; we get to know him or her a little bit better. The big page count pays off, because by the end of the book, everyone—including the minor characters—feels like an old friend.
I have to say, Evie is my favorite of The Diviners’ protagonists because of her spunky, carefree attitude. She’s the girl everyone wants to be: uninhibited and eager to try anything and everything. Evie will charm any reader with her quick comebacks and adventurous spirit. I’d definitely want her as a BFF.
I must warn you: The Diviners isn’t all sassy comebacks and speakeasies—it does revolve around a murder. This murder is impossibly creepy; Libba Bray hit all the right notes on my spinal cord (I could almost feel her playing it—there were so many tingles!). So here’s some friendly advice: keep the lights on while reading.
Swingin’ historical setting
+ sassy (and super lovable) junior-detective heroine
+ twisty story full of shivers and suspense
= one amazing read!
For those who like: the Roaring Twenties, thrillers, mystery
Find the author at LibbaBray.com.
Comment question: Do the Roaring Twenties appeal to you? Why or why not?