Synopsis

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 ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

 

Audiobook Review

 

4,5 stars

5 stars for the narrator

 

It’s bordering on horror (a genre I never read).

 

I loved all the “slang” from the 1920ies! Instead of “Cool” young people said “Swell”! Ane they add “ski’ at the end of words like “You betski!” instead of “You bet”.

Young women are “sheba” (if I heard correctly …) when they are sexy and witty  and you can call your friends Pie face.

 

In the beginning I was a little bit lost as we follow many different characters:

➽ Evie O’Neill – a young girl of seventeen who really likes to party and enjoy life. She has a special gift: when she holds an object, she can “read” the owner’s secret. What he has done, where he went etc. She’s been exiled to New York after a little drama at a party. Her uncle Will owns the museum of the occult and superstition.

➽ Memphis Campell – young charming black man living with his aunt and his brother Ishayah. He lost his healing gift at their mother’s death. He works and is under the protection of the local mob boss.

➽ Sam Lloyd – Rakish Russian Pickpocket. He is a special young man who can make people not see him at will. He is trying to pierce the mystery surrounding his mother’s disappearance and survives stealing in the street.

➽ Theta Knight – a young woman who has a dark secret and who lives with her best friend Henry. They both have roles at a revue.

➽ Henry DeBois – Theta’s roommate, gay (or queer?) and  a musician. He can walk in dreams and in other people’s dreams but his ability will still be mysterious by the end of the book. I guess he’ll play a more prominent role in the other books.

➽ Mabel Rose – Evie’s best friend. She crushes on  Jericho (see below).

➽ Jericho Jones – Works for Evie’s uncle Will. He is described as a giant, introvert but some covert glances with Will had me thinking that he has his own big secret too.  

 

Will: Evie’s uncle and working/owning the museum of occult and superstition. I wondered all the time if he had not a gift of his own but it still remains to be clarified.

 

Once I could sort who was who, I listened to this long audiobook with rapt attention. The narrator did an extraordinary job taking different voices and accents, really acting the story.

The book gave me the heebie-jeebies as creepy things and mysterious murders happen in NYC!

 

The victims are left with mysterious symbols on their bodies and miss either their eyes, their hands, their skin….

Due to the symbols, the police will enroll Will’s help to elucidate the murders and find the murderer.

That’s where you have a big paranormal element entering the story and you realize that your murderer is not the common serial killer!

Evie will make it her mission to help solve the murders and find the author. She’ll go on a very dangerous chase with her uncle, Sam and Jericho.

The tension is mounting throughout the book and I confess that I had to skip some scenes approaching the end of the story as I was too chicken 😊

 

I will certainly read the other books of the series and hope it will be the same narrator: January LaVoy.

 

Have you read that series already?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Sophie

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24 Comments

  1. Omg, omg. I seriously just listed The Diviners for my March TBR because Im using it for an annual reading challenge Im joining, and your review makes me want to read it more. Just a question. Is there romance and who’s Evie’s love interest. I need some spoilers. Hehe.

    Also sorry, I’m mass commenting to your posts. I just find the time to sit for a while and read others posts. Im catching up. Hehe.

    1. No complaint on you mass commenting Lili! I just hope I won’t miss one of them to reply! And yes there is some romance and …do you really want the spoiler???? LOL I truly hope you’ll love it!

  2. I wanted to read it but I don’t think I’m brave enough lol. Even Angelfall gave me nightmares, especially since I’d been to the places. Maybe someday I will be braver *fingers crossed*.

    1. Oh Jen you are the first that I know of who had nightmares because of Angelfall! Better avoid then of course!

  3. I have seen a lot of people talking about this one and I do want to try it myself. And the fact that you talked about it bordering on horror actually intrigues me as that is a genre I love. Sounds like a good audiobook!

    1. I plan on listening to them all Raven! But as they are long books I just have to switch genre in between to keep me interested.