Cassandra Clare meets Phryne Fisher meets Patricia Cornwell in this launch of a blockbuster series set in 1920s New York about a teen psychic and her similarly gifted friends on the hunt for a serial killer.
1920s New York. A teen clairvoyant. An old evil. It has begun...
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old home town and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly thrilled! New York is the city of speak-easies, rent parties, shopping and movie palaces, and soon enough Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfeld girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that 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 it. Even Evie's new pals - hoofers, numbers runners and activists, but all swell kids - are drawn into 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...
'A fascinating alternative 1926 where men aren't all they seem - and are possibly much more. Evie is sassy, feisty, and full of beans...Very Mary Shelley after a long night on the laudanum. Gripping - I could not stop.' - Kerry Greenwood
'...It's Marjorie Morningstar meets Silence of the Lambs, and Bray dives into it with the brio of the era, alternating rat-a-rat flirting with cold-blooded killings...The book is big and wants to be the kind of thing you can lose yourself in. Does it succeed? It's jake, baby.' - Booklist
'The Diviners feels like the next big thing. Its powerful twists and supernatural storyline never leave the back of your mind. It's a brilliant, bizarre concept of the supernatural world blending in with New York's 1920s. A murder mystery that makes a killer of a story.' - Kate, teen reviewer
Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy, which comprises the novels A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing. In 2010 she was awarded the Michael L Printz award for her satirical road-trip novel Going Bovine, which was also shortlisted for the Australian Centre for Youth Literature's Inky Award. Libba has written satire crossing Lost with America's Next Top Model in Beauty Queens, a finalist for the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, plus short stories about everything from Cheap Trick concerts to The Rocky Horror Picture Show devotees to meeting Satan worshippers on summer vacation. Libba lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son, and two cats, and is part of an all-YA author band called Tiger Beat (for realz). You may visit her at libbabray.com and you don't even have to call first.
Young adult fiction
Winner, APA Book Design Awards, Best Designed Young Adult Book, 2013
Short-listed, Inky Awards, Silver Inky, 2013
Allen & Unwin
A & U Children
Paperback - C format
Young adult fiction