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 is my first experience with Libba Bray's writing (though I've been told that I must read the Gemma Doyle trilogy, which I certainly will now!), and I absolutely loved this book. When Evie causes a bit of a scandal in her boring midwestern home town, she is shipped off to her brilliant, eccentric uncle in New York City. This is nothing but good news to Evie, a free-spirited, fearless teenaged flapper, with a unique ability to 'read' people by handling objects belonging to them. She's a Diviner, but she doesn't know it or know anyone else with a similar skill. Soon Evie and her uncle, and a growing circle of friends drawn together by loneliness and loss (and some very interesting talents), are entangled in a gruesome murder mystery, with clear signs of a connection to the occult. 1920's New York is the perfect back-drop for this zany, creepy, fast-paced thriller ? and solving a series of horrific murders is apparently only the beginning of Evie and her new found family's fight against the forces of Evil. Libba Bray's new book is a brilliantly crafted novel, and thankfully only the first of the Diviners' hair-raising adventures."
While technically a YA book, this is a great read for just about anyone who enjoys historic and/or atmospheric mysteries. And the best part--this is first book in a planned series."