Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Evie O’Niell has a special ability that she tries to conceal. One night at a party, she reveals her talent for reading objects and is forced to leave her small town in Ohio to spend some time with her reclusive uncle in New York. Evie is thrilled to be heading to New York to be where the action is and plans to be somebody. However, things do not go as planned and not only is she the victim of a pickpocket at Grand Central Station, she discovers her Uncle Will is the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult – commonly referred to as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.” Not long after her arrival, a series of occult-based murders occur and the police seek the aid of Evie’s Uncle Will. Evie can’t stay out of the investigation and is the only one who can piece together the various clues left by the killer.
Bray has managed to transport readers straight into the Roaring Twenties. Not only are readers physically transported by the locales but with the language itself. The characters are fleshed out and immerse one into the story. This book has something for everyone with historical, paranormal, mystery, and thriller elements throughout. While a rather large tome, the story is so engrossing one cannot help but continue to turn the page to figure out what will happen next. It may be a good idea to read this with a light on, as the thrilling conclusion to this first book of the series will leave you with chills.
Score: 5 out of 5