Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Summary from Goodreads:

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-toot-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 was like nothing I have read before. The details were immaculate, the horror felt unsettlingly real, and the characters each stood on their own, something special in each of them.

In the beginning, we are introduced to Evie O’Neill, a flapper with a secret who is sent to live with her uncle in the ever so dazzling, New York City in the 1920s. The book also showcases perspectives from other people in different parts of New York at the time. I admit, it was a little boring in these parts, because it mainly focused on creating a firm foundation on which the characters could grow by educating readers more about Evie and others, like her best friend Mabel, her Uncle Will, a showgirl named Theta, a pickpocket named Sam and even an evil spirit named Naughty John.

By the middle, all the characters began to intertwine with one another and we were transported to different perspectives, histories and dreams. With each chapter, I was introduced to new reasons and flashbacks as to why certain characters felt and acted like they did. Looking back, I think this made them feel more real and connected, rather than just a shadow in the background.

The last half of the book truly captivated me. The suspense rendered me hunched over in my desk chair and white-knuckled, reading to see what would happen next. Some of the characters also took a turn, ending up with people I never thought they would be with.

All in all, it was a fantastic read! Romance, horror and mystery, all in one. The author also did an amazing job with keeping the language and historical facts strictly 1920s. I can tell it was crafted long and hard, which paid off superbly. I would definitely recommend!


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