Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
Bray does an excellent job of capturing New York in the 20s: from the ever-present sorrow left over from World War I to the sassy appeal of the flappers to the night clubs with dancing girls and outlawed booze. Flapper Evie is a complex character as are the other characters that are introduced in this sprawling tale.
The book was genuinely creepy. I'm not normally scared while reading books but the killer in this title was truly terrifying. Especially the creepy song he sings as he stalks his prey..."Naughty John...Naughty John...goes to work with his apron on...." I'll let you imagine what he needs his apron for. Evie has a special talent that allows here to read things about people and their past from holding an object of theirs. This talent works both for and against her. She uses this talent to try to solve a series of murders that are only the beginning of a supernatural mystery guaranteed to give you the chills. The ending is satisfying but gives you hints of more to come. I'm anxiously awaiting the next title in the series.