5 stars for the narrator
It’s bordering on horror (a genre I never read).
I loved all the “slang” from the 1920ies! Instead of “Cool” young people said “Swell”! Ane they add “ski’ at the end of words like “You betski!” instead of “You bet”.
Young women are “sheba” (if I heard correctly …) when they are sexy and witty and you can call your friends Pie face.
In the beginning I was a little bit lost as we follow many different characters:
➽ Evie O’Neill – a young girl of seventeen who really likes to party and enjoy life. She has a special gift: when she holds an object, she can “read” the owner’s secret. What he has done, where he went etc. She’s been exiled to New York after a little drama at a party. Her uncle Will owns the museum of the occult and superstition.
➽ Memphis Campell – young charming black man living with his aunt and his brother Ishayah. He lost his healing gift at their mother’s death. He works and is under the protection of the local mob boss.
➽ Sam Lloyd – Rakish Russian Pickpocket. He is a special young man who can make people not see him at will. He is trying to pierce the mystery surrounding his mother’s disappearance and survives stealing in the street.
➽ Theta Knight – a young woman who has a dark secret and who lives with her best friend Henry. They both have roles at a revue.
➽ Henry DeBois – Theta’s roommate, gay (or queer?) and a musician. He can walk in dreams and in other people’s dreams but his ability will still be mysterious by the end of the book. I guess he’ll play a more prominent role in the other books.
➽ Mabel Rose – Evie’s best friend. She crushes on Jericho (see below).
➽ Jericho Jones – Works for Evie’s uncle Will. He is described as a giant, introvert but some covert glances with Will had me thinking that he has his own big secret too.
➽ Will: Evie’s uncle and working/owning the museum of occult and superstition. I wondered all the time if he had not a gift of his own but it still remains to be clarified.
Once I could sort who was who, I listened to this long audiobook with rapt attention. The narrator did an extraordinary job taking different voices and accents, really acting the story.
The book gave me the heebie-jeebies as creepy things and mysterious murders happen in NYC!
The victims are left with mysterious symbols on their bodies and miss either their eyes, their hands, their skin….
Due to the symbols, the police will enroll Will’s help to elucidate the murders and find the murderer.
That’s where you have a big paranormal element entering the story and you realize that your murderer is not the common serial killer!
Evie will make it her mission to help solve the murders and find the author. She’ll go on a very dangerous chase with her uncle, Sam and Jericho.
The tension is mounting throughout the book and I confess that I had to skip some scenes approaching the end of the story as I was too chicken 😊
I will certainly read the other books of the series and hope it will be the same narrator: January LaVoy.
Have you read that series already?
Thanks for reading!