Monday, June 3, 2013

The Diviners by Libba Bray

"The X-Files with flappers" is how author Libba Bray jokingly describes The Diviners, while her editor says it's Stephen King meets The Great Gatsby. (I learned this from a YouTube clip on finding the voice for The Diviners audiobook.) January LaVoy does a fabulous job narrating the many different voices in the audio edition [Random House: 18 hrs].

Evie O'Neill is a 17-year-old flapper, always game for a good time and a sip of illegal hootch in 1920s New York City. She also has psychic abilities that come in handy for tracking down a supernatural serial killer named Naughty John.

Ghosts, monsters, a secret religious sect, creepy old mansions, a graveyard, evil at the crossroads, and a prophesied comet are just a few of the gothic ingredients in this paranormal mystery. It's pos-i-tute-ly macabre-ski, as Evie might say.

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