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.
I’ve had this book in my TBR for quite a while and even started it a couple of times, but then had to drop it for other reading commitments. When it fit the monthly category for my book club last November, I vowed to finish it.
The hidden secrets and supernatural powers thrilled me, and there are some chilling moments that may cause you to look over your shoulder. A whirlwind of energy, Evie is the driving force of the story and occasionally charges into situations before considering the consequences of her actions. She can be a bit annoying at times, but her heart is usually in the right place. There are numerous other characters, but Jericho is a standout for me. He begins the story as a bland character taking up space, but the gradual reveal of his backstory is both riveting and heartbreaking. The characters’ paths intersect over the course of the story – and no doubt they’ll find themselves together again in future novels.
I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but this is a highly atmospheric novel. The author did an exquisite job with researching this time period from the language to the clothing styles, and I felt immersed in the 20’s.
At over 500 pages, this is a long read and the pacing wavers, but I definitely plan on continuing with this supernatural series.