New York City.
Lights are bright.
Jazz is king.
Parties are wild.
And the dead are coming…
After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They’re more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward’s Island, far from the city’s bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten–ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows.
With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they’ve ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation–a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.
I received a ARC copy for an honest review.
Before the Devil Breaks You is the third book in the Diviners series. We return to to the world of glitzy, jazz, and secrets of 1920s New York City.
In this installment, the diverse gang of diviners are threatened by a supernatural creature known as the King of Crows. The creature that seems to have been growing in the background.
There are ghosts from each of their past that haunt them. Evie, Memphis, Ling, Sam, Isaiah, Theta and Henry must face these to be able to face the bigger demon that they will face together
As the supernatural occurrences and the natural-world’s government seem to be ever more entwined, it becomes clear that the Diviners’s problems could be even bigger than first realised. What is it that they are not being told ?
Bray has this incredible way of making you feel like you are in 1920s New York.
The author note really sets the story.
We are a country built by immigrants, dreams, daring, and opportunity.
We are a country built by the horrors of slavery and genocide, the injustice of racism and exclusion. These realities exist side by side. It is our past and our present. The future is unwritten.
This is a book about ghosts. For we live in a haunted house.
She doesn’t sugarcoat the horrors of these times. Racism, anti-semitism and the eugenics movement are part of everyday life for our characters. The book’s cast includes characters who are black, mixed race, Jewish, gay, a person with a physical disability, and others who are mentally ill. This allows the author to explore a particularly horrific aspect of the 1920s – the treatment of mentally ill patients in government institutions. In this book. Which is a eye opener for some readers
It’s interesting how fantasy can be used to reveal very real aspects of human nature.
This is definitely a series it’s getting better with every book and I cannot wait to see what will happen in the 4th installment.
There is many different aspects of the story I could discuss but I feel it would potentially give too much of the overall storyline away. If you’re a fan of this series you will love book 3 and if you’re just discovering series is definitely worth the read.
Will the the Devil Breaks You ?