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Publisher's Summary

The Diviners are back in this thrilling and eerie third installment by number one New York Times best-selling author Libba Bray.

After battling a sleeping sickness, The Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes - ghosts! Out in Ward's Island sits a mental hospital full of lost souls from 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 New York City, the Diviners must band together and brave the ghosts haunting the asylum to bring down the King of Crows.

Heart-pounding action and terrifying moments will leave you breathless in the third book of the four-book Diviners series by number one New York Times best-selling author Libba Bray.

©2017 Libba Bray (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"This story broke my heart and made me laugh and gave me hope - and really, what more can you ask of a book than that? I loved it, and I have a feeling you will too." (Jennifer E. Smith, author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight)

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SO GOOD

I love this series so much. It's so well done. I can't wait to find out what happens in the final book. It's going to be an unbearable wait! And the narrator is fantastic, she really captures each character's personality.

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I want the next book NOW!!!

I am having a hard time lately writing reviews but I wanted to tell you all to READ THIS SERIES!

I love this series so much, I honestly went into this book thinking it was going to be the last book in the series so was pleasantly surprised to get to the end and find out no it is not the end there will be more of these fabulous characters, which made me very happy!!

January LaVoy's narration of this series couldn't be more perfect every character has their own voice and inflection and you are never left wondering who is speaking. I will always listen to these on audio.

Can I have the next book NOW Please!!

Top 5 audiobooks of 2017

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another part in the series, and it's divine!

Darker than previous books, but equally engaging and good. I was surprised to see few characters killed off, but it made the story that much more dramatic and grand.

Another amazing performance by January LaVoy.

Highly recommended if you liked the previous parts of The Diviners.

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Great story however

Why so much sex added in? It felt like author trying to fill quota. In previous books it was just the right amount. Sometimes subtle is so much better. Particularly subtle good when this is supposed to be a young persons novel. Really unnecessary.

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Excellent, chilling listen

Loved this mix of history, humor and supernatural storytelling. I highly recommend! Best of the books, so far, in this series.

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Loved!

The story was great, I have really enjoyed this series. What made this one extra enjoyable was the narrator. She did an excellent job with character voices, etc.

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Feels pertinent to modern events

If you could sum up Before the Devil Breaks You in three words, what would they be?

The somewhat culmination to the two previous books in the serious wherein readers follow a misfit group through dangerous adventures--dangerous not just because of the supernatural overtones but because of the very real undertones of racism, eugenics, and what it means to be American.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that this story is engaging readers through entertaining interpersonal trists and battling ghosts and ghoulies but more frighteningly is the subtle and wonderful way Libba Bray has married that to the real horror of eugenics, racism, the disregard for human rights all in the name of keeping America safe. Keeping America First (which can lead to really scay outcomes, thanks history!) The themes felt so relevant to todays political and social climate wrapped up in a novel that is easy to digest for younger readers. To me, the main characters seemed dynamic in their own sort of stock ways. They each filled a roll but were also so much more than that one thing.

What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her reading was excellent!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

History is coming for you. It's not over.

Any additional comments?

Please tell me this is being made into a Netflix series? Something with a good budget but also widespread access.

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Can't wait til book 4 comes out!

I loved this book! January LaVoy's personification of the characters made this book come alive. It made me laugh, cry, get angry, and cry some more. The history and the acknowledgement of the pains and struggles of immigrant and African Americans was beautifully written. It is sad to know that there were and still exist some Americans with such strong anti-immigrant beliefs. In addition she also wrote about hope and love in a way that I've not seen blended in a novel before. I can't wait until book 4 comes out even though I was expecting this to be a trilogy.

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Ending sucked!

Characters are great. Each book got better until the end of the third book. Authors note should not give us a morals lesson. Endings are what we remember most. This sucked.

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History Horror Lesson

This third entry in the series doesn't disappoint. Fast paced. Great characters, even if there are fewer now. I hope the next one stays in New York because it's one of my favorite characters and I've already lost too many. That's why it's 4 stars instead of 5. January Lavoy makes it all come alive. Even the dead! Please don't make me wait too long for the next installment!