Set during the glamorous roaring ’20s in New York City, The Diviners is Libba Bray’s newest YA novel. The book begins with 17-year-old Evie O’Neill being sent from Ohio to New York City to live with her Uncle Will. Evie’s uncle has a most unusual job. He is the curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult—otherwise known as the “Museum of Creepy Crawlies.”
Evie is no ordinary teenager; she has a hidden gift that enables her to learn a person’s secrets just by holding an object that belongs to them. Evie is not the only one in New York with an unusual talent, and she soon crosses paths with others hiding secrets and gifts of their own. We meet Theta, the Ziegfeld showgirl; Memphis, the aspiring poet and numbers-runner from Harlem, and his younger brother, Isaiah; and Sam Lloyd, the handsome pickpocket with a mysterious past.
Beneath the bright lights of the city evil is lurking. A killer is on the prowl, mutilating bodies in a way consistent with the occult. Evie and her Uncle Will become involved in the investigation and uncover that the murders are part of a ritual meant to bring about the end of the world.
The Diviners is a very unique read. Libba Bray does a wonderful job of bringing the fun and excitement of the 1920s to life while moving forward with an increasingly terrifying murder plot. The Diviners is just the first book in this new series—I can’t wait to read what comes next!
Review by Maddie, CLP-Squirrel Hill