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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 / 5
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.
Wow, I can’t believe I kept putting this on my to-read-next pile until the pile was high enough to climb to. I wasn’t able to read it for a whole year! Anyway, boy oh boy was it good. I hate myself for not reading it sooner because I have not encountered anything like this before. It’s set up in New york in the 1920’s, there’s murder, paranormal activities, and all sorts of creepy things making it the perfect Halloween read! I loved every single thing about it. Bray’s writing is impeccable. She has a way of making you feel as if you’re with Evie and the gang.
The amount of research she must have done for this thing must be crazy! I enjoyed the fashion of vintage NYC and the slang dahhhlingggg!! It’s amazing and quite terrifying. I loved all of her characters specially Theta and Henry (their back story was so good I wept), even the evil ones because of the great way they were written. They creeped me out but yeah sure, they were amazing. Blind Bill unnerves me. That lying blind man, I hate what he did to Isaiah. What a friggin’ user-friendly man.
I liked the clues left with the mutilated bodies. Specially the one with Ruta. Sad, but really smart. I also found the childhood rhyme to be chilling:
‘Naughty John, Naughty John,
does his work with his apron on.
Cuts your throat and takes your bones,
sells ’em off for a coupla stones.’
All in all, this book is fantastic and I will surely reccommend it to all of my bookish friends who are into things like this. I pos-i-tute-ly wanna read the next one (which just arrived yesterday!).