Flipside review: The Diviners

By Stephanie Huddleston

Sydney Wilson, JagWire copy editor

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There is no better way to spend a rainy day than curled up with a good book. If you are into mysteries or the supernatural, Libba Bray’s new book “The Diviners” may be the perfect one for you.

Set in the middle of the roaring ‘20s, the story follows 17-year-old flapper Evie O’Neill. After her ability to learn people’s secrets from their possessions causes trouble in her small town in Ohio, she is sent to New York City to live with her uncle Will, who runs a museum for arcane artefacts. When her uncle is called in to consult on a series of murders with ties to the occult, Evie tries to use her power to stop the murderer.

For the most part, the book is very well done. The supernatural elements add an interesting layer to the suspense of hunting down the killer. The characters are well-developed, interesting and full of hidden depths. It is obvious that Bray did her research as well: 1926 New York City comes to life on the pages of this novel. The story does occasionally lose focus when the attention shifts off the main plot, and the romantic sub-plot hits you over the head with a brick with its force and suddenness. Even so, the book is an excellent read and perfect for a gray afternoon.

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