The Diviners

The Diviners

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Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316126113
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bra
Description: 578 pages ; 24 cm


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CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 03, 2017

It’s 1926, and Evie is considered something of a wild “flapper” in her small Ohio town. But then she’s sent to New York City to live with her uncle, the curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult.

Evie has a gift: She can hold an object and know secrets about the person who owns the object. Of course, that gets her in trouble in 1926 Ohio. She goes to New York to stay with an uncle, just in time for a series of occult murders. Will her gift help now?

Evie O'Neill is happy to begin life with her Uncle, an unusual and intelligent man who runs an occult museum in New York City. But when murders break out and her Uncle is blamed, Evie has no choice but to dive into the mysterious murder investigation.

Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation. (catalo... Read More »

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CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 03, 2017

It’s 1926, and Evie is considered something of a wild “flapper” in her small Ohio town. But then she’s sent to New York City to live with her uncle, the curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult.

Aug 18, 2017

17-year old Evie O’Niell is in trouble. After a supernatural party incident, she is exiled from her boring Ohio hometown and sent to live with her uncle in the wonderful, glimmering city of 1920s New York. However, things begin to take a sinister turn after a series of disturbing murders crop up. It’s the golden age of America, and things are changing much, much faster than expected. A strange group of teens have begun to develop mysterious powers. A Harlem numbers runner is beginning to receive visions of a man in a stovepipe hat. A Ziegfeld girl named Theta is running from her past. A teenage pickpocket is on the search for his family. And above all of them, a dark and vicious evil has returned. Set at the height of America’s jazz age, The Diviners is an extraordinary book. Through gorgeous prose, Bray illustrates the authentic historical American experience, populated with dynamic characters and set against the glamorous backdrop of the Roaring Twenties. The Diviners is historical fiction, mystery, suspense, horror and romance all blended up to make one big, beautiful book. It’s hilarious, terrifying and addictive all at once, and it is not something you want to miss.
- @Apis of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 10, 2017

I wasn't sure what to expect from Libba Bray's "The Diviners", but it ended up being a lot more macabre than I was expecting. A religious-themed serial killer is on the loose in 1920s New York City, and the reader gets up close and personal with some of his victims before they're dispatched.

But the main character of the story is a vivacious teenager called Evie O'Neill, sent to NYC by her parents as punishment for her wild behaviour. This suits Evie just fine, and soon she's enjoying the sights and sounds of jazz, speakeasies and dance halls. Libba Bray obviously had a great time researching this era, as the book is filled with 1920s slang, fashion and culture.

But Evie has a secret: for as long as she can remember she's been able to divine people's secrets by handling their personal belongings - and when she gets a chance to touch some of the murder victims, she becomes the closest thing the police have to a witness (assuming they'll believe her). That's not even going into the number of other diviners out there in the city, each one being drawing closer into the mystery of the terrible killings...

It's a book that revels in its own atmosphere, filled with plenty of period detail to the point where it sometimes obscures the story itself. If you like the combination of New York in the Roaring Twenties and the supernatural mystery of how and why certain people are being murdered in the streets, then "The Diviners" is a thick, intriguing read - with plenty of room left for a sequel.

SaraLovesBooks Oct 05, 2016

This book was incredible! I have read and re-read it. The atmosphere is set up so well, and is really creepy. Bray did an amazing job with showing the 1920's. Evie O'Neill was a bratty heroine who was still likable in spite of the brattiness. I would recommend this book as a great Halloween read.

Aug 30, 2016

I love the setting and the characters. Another great book from Libba Bray.

Jun 06, 2016

I love the 1920s so I definitely enjoyed this book. I think it has a good plot and well developed 'bad guy'. The ending to this book was good enough that it leaves me wondering whether I should read the sequel or not.

Jan 09, 2016

The Diviners is so good!!!! The story is well written, following several plots. The murder mystery case is thrilling and scary and intense. Evie is incredibly charming and likeable-- I love her. The Diviners is captivating, I couldn't put it down. The only thing I find a little annoying (just a little) is that I expected Bray to close up all of the stories she followed, especially because the book is so fat (400+ pages). There were so many storylines, and I thought she would tie them together, but instead the strands stayed separate. Some met, but the stories never fully merged and came together. I guess she's saving it for the sequel. I spent the entire novel super excited to see the characters finally meet, the puzzle finally pieced together, and have all of their knowledge shared, but that never happened, so looking back at that lack of climax is a little disappointing. But it's not a big deal, because this book is amazing, and I know the strands will all be tied together in the sequel. It's really such a small flaw (not even a flaw really), and the novel is so enchanting and immersive, that it doesn't change how much I enjoyed the Diviners.

The Diviners is exciting, keeping you completely invested until the very end. There were parts where I was on the edge of my seat, barely breathing, waiting to see what would happen. It's a thrilling read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys fun, realistic characters and intense mysteries (and also a few history lessons thrown in!).

mvkramer Nov 01, 2015

I hate giving up on a book, especially one so many of my colleagues enjoyed. But as of page 283, NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. That's not exactly true - we met some characters, portents were...portented. Some dude murdered a couple of people. But it feels like the book is marking time, just repeating a pattern over and over with no change: Evie gets in trouble. Omen of Doom appears. Dude murders somebody. Rinse and repeat.

kirstd31 Aug 20, 2015

I loved this book. I recommend listening to it. The reader is awesome. The author did a great job researching the history for this book. Everything about this book is jake.

Historical fiction with a paranormal serial killer? Bring it on! It's 1926, and Evie O'Neill can't imagine a more exciting place to be than New York with its clubs, speakeasies, shopping, and glamorous showgirls. Even a series of grisly murders can't keep her down. But Evie has a secret power that might be able to help catch the killer. . . if the killer doesn't catch her first.

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SusanOP Dec 10, 2014

“She was tired of being told how it was by this generation, who’d botched things so badly. They’d sold their children a pack of lies: God and country. Love your parents. All is fair. And then they’d sent those boys, her brother, off to fight a great monster of a war that maimed and killed and destroyed whatever was inside them. Still they lied, expecting her to mouth the words and play along. Well, she wouldn’t. She knew now that the world was a long way from fair. She knew the monsters were real.”
― Libba Bray, The Diviners

JCLChrisK Dec 04, 2013

“How do you invent a religion?” Evie asked.

Will looked over the top of his spectacles. “You say, ‘God told me the following,’ and then wait for people to sign up.”

JCLChrisK Dec 04, 2013

“There is no greater power on this earth than story.” Will paced the length of the room. “People think boundaries and borders build nations. Nonsense—words do. Beliefs, declarations, constitutions—words. Stories. Myths. Lies. Promises. History.” Will grabbed the sheaf of newspaper clippings he kept in a stack on his desk. “This, and these”—he gestured to the library’s teeming shelves—“they’re a testament to the country’s rich supernatural history.”

JCLChrisK Dec 04, 2013

There is nothing more terrifying than the absoluteness of one who believes he's right.

JCLChrisK Dec 04, 2013

People will believe anything if it means they can go on with their lives and not have to think too hard about it.

JCLChrisK Dec 04, 2013

People always fear what they don't understand, Evangeline. History proves that.

JCLChrisK Dec 04, 2013

Often, the monsters we create in our imagination are not nearly as frightening as the monstrous acts perpetrated by ordinary human beings in the aim of one cause or another.

JCLJennyM Apr 30, 2013

“There is a hideous invention called the Dewey Decimal System. And you have to look up your topic in books and newspapers. Pages upon pages upon pages…”
Uncle Will frowned. “Didn’t they teach you how to go about research in that school of yours?”
“No. But I can recite ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ while making martinis.”
“I weep for the future.”
“There’s where the martinis come in.”


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Nov 27, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Devil worship, satanic rituals, ritual sacrifices, and overall spookiness goes on.

Nov 27, 2016

Sexual Content: Sexual fantasies are described.

Nov 27, 2016

Violence: One of the characters was abused physically and sexually in her past, and it is moderately described.

Nov 27, 2016

Coarse Language: There is cussing.


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Evie uses her special talent to solve the mystery of the Pentacle Murders.

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