The Diviners

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 9:02 am

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The Diviners

Libba Bray

2012

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Jeff R

Teens, Adults

General fiction, Historical, Mystery

paranormal

In brief

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"The Diviners" is nothing if not ambitious, comparing favorably to such supernatural classics as "The Stand" and "American Gods."

It's 1926 and Evie O'Neil is a young, wise-cracking, flapper wannabe. Given the time period, that's not so unusual. What is unusual is her psychic power. It's a skill that's landed Evie in water hot enough to force her parents to ship her off to live with her uncle in New York City. There, Evie's powers are brought to bear on a series of high-profile, occult murders; murders that eventually endanger not just Evie, but those closest to her as well.

Depending on your point of view, The Diviners is either a work of historical fiction disguised as a supernatural thriller, or a supernatural thriller disguised as a work of historical fiction. Honestly though, I'm not sure it matters. Either way, the results are first-rate. The Diviners is a work that's intricately plotted, meticulously researched and staged with convincing historical set pieces.