Libba Bray fans prepare yourself! The Diviners is a thrilling, bone chilling read that will keep you turning the pages well into the night! When Evie moves to New York City to live with her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult, the last thing she expects is to be involved in a number of brutal murder investigations. What the police don’t know, however, is that Evie possesses a mysterious power that could help them track down the killer….if he doesn’t catch her first! Sounds creepy? Add in a demonic spirit, a crazy occult, and a plan to raise up a Beast from hell and you have the perfect paranormal read for this upcoming Halloween season!
Not only will paranormal/thriller fans enjoy The Diviners, but history buffs will find themselves mesmerized by Bray’s decision to set the novel in the 1920s. As a history lover myself, I lapped up every reference to flappers, prohibition, Ziegfeld’s girls, and the Harlem Renaissance. That’s not to mention the number of period specific phrases and slang that were worked into the dialogue! While Bray admits to taking some liberties with the historical setting of the story, you can tell that a lot of research went into her writing in order to bring the 1920s to life!
The characters in The Diviners were also extremely intriguing, and I really enjoyed the author’s decision to rotate the narration of the novel from various points of view. Each from a very different walk of life, readers will yearn to learn more about Evie, Theta, Henry, Jericho, Memphis, and Sam. *Tiny Spoiler Alert* The only thing that I didn’t enjoy about The Diviners was the fact that all of the main characters ended up having some kind of unique power like Evie. It just seemed a little bit too good to be true for me that all of Evie’s new acquaintances would have paranormal powers in common with one another. Hopefully this will be better resolved for me in the next installment! *End Spoiler Alert*
The first book in what will most likely be a trilogy, The Diviners does a great job of setting up the plot for the next couple of novels, providing readers with dozens of questions that they will wish could be answered. I for one am really looking forward to seeing what will happen next! If the sequel is as creepy and thrilling as this first installment then I know that I will love it! As Evie would say, The Diviners is pos-it-tute-ly amazing!
Rating: 4.5 Stars