The Diviners by Libba Bray. 496 p. The Diviners #1. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, September, 2012. 9780316224260.
Our Teen Tuesday features The Diviners by Libba Bray. It is the Roaring Twenties and Evie is the life of the parties in her boring Ohio town. She has this neat party trick where she can divine the secrets of someone by hold a personal object of theirs. When she drunkenly reveals a scandalous secret of a prominent bachelor, her parents ship her off to New York City to live with an uncle. Evie is initially thrilled because, well, New York! When she arrives, she discovers that her Uncle Will owns and curates a dusty museum devoted to the occult that is in danger of closing. NYC police detectives are trying to solve a series of grisly murders and enlist Will to help. Evie's talents are eventually required and she gets caught up in this paranormal investigation that is truly terrifying. This 496 page book is not for the faint of heart - the murders are grisly. But Bray's atmospheric novel introduces a colorful, memorable cast of characters and spectacularly evokes Jazz Age New York. Recommended for mature readers grade 8 and up.