Genre: Mystery / Paranormal / Historical Fiction
First Impression: That is one huge book!
Synopsis: It’s 1920s New York City. It’s flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It’s after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it’s the opportunity to party like never before.
For Evie O’Neill, it’s escape. She’s never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she’s shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she’s always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be.
But New York City isn’t about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren’t crimes of passion. They’re gruesome. They’re planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can’t solve them alone.
Evie wasn’t just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer – if he doesn’t catch her first.
200words (or less) review: The Diviners is a massive book, nearly 600 pages of amazing writing, impressive scene setting, spine-tingling mystery, thrilling adventure and marvellous characters. It’s pretty much has everything you could ask for and the kitchen sink.
On the one hand I love that but I was a little disappointed that so many of the additional storylines didn’t resolve themselves. It reminded me a bit of watching an entire season of a TV show only to have the “to be continued” flash up just when you thought you were getting the answer.
The Diviners is absolutely packed full characters, all linked together in little mysterious ways. The main focus is on Evie, who is to use her own words; the cat’s pyjamas. She is smart, a little selfish but also really brave.
The unravelling of the murders is believable. Evie and the others have to work at the clues they aren’t just handed over on a plate. All the places/events are richly described and there is plenty to creep you out when reading at night.
Whatever Libba Bray’s plans are for The Diviners Series going forward, I for one can’t wait to find out.