The Diviners4.5stars

 

An Exciting New Series

By Libba Bray
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 578 pages

After disgracing her small Ohio town, Evie O’Neil is sent away to live with her Uncle Will in New York. Evie initially revels in the city life, but things take a turn when Will helps the local police investigate a series of grisly murders. Using her secret gift, Evie helps with the investigation and finds that the impossible is decidedly possible and that she is not the only person with special talents.

The Diviners is the first book in a new series by author Libba Bray. The story is set in New York in the 1920s – a place where the old and the modern are in constant conflict with each other. Evie serves as a focus for that conflict as she tries to embrace the new in order to forget her troubled past. The characters in the book are complex, interesting and relatable (although Evie’s use of slang begins to wear fairly quickly), especially the supporting characters Memphis and Jericho. The interweaving plot threads are complex, yet never become confusing. This new series is off to a great start!

Reviewed by Barbara Cothern

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