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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)

"Narrator January LaVoy shines in the third installment of The Diviners series.... Despite the considerable number of characters and their intersecting storylines, LaVoy never misses a beat, demonstrating a wide range of vocal dexterity and skill that creates the impression of an ensemble. Listeners are encouraged to begin at the beginning of this planned four-audiobook series and enjoy LaVoy's mastery." (AudioFile)

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  • Eryn
  • 06-10-2017

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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  • MissSusie66
  • 21-12-2017

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

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  • Mike D
  • 04-12-2017

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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  • Sean A. Smith
  • 24-04-2018

Worst of the 3

Would you try another book from Libba Bray and/or January LaVoy?

debatable at this point!

What could Libba Bray have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This was a filler book, nothing got accomplished. All this book did is set it up so you have to read the next one. Very disappointing.

Which scene was your favorite?

when theda saved them all and revealed her powers.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Before the Devil Breaks You?

none, would have added a bunch instead of just leaving every storyline open.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed in the way this turned out to be a filler book to lure you into the 4th book. Nothing was accomplished in this book, very unsatisfying.

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  • Malgorzata Kaczmarska
  • 12-12-2017

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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  • CarolinaDurham
  • 24-11-2017

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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  • Daria
  • 06-08-2018

Deliciously Creepy

Everything about this series is perfection. The narration and performance only enhance am already terrific plot line.

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  • Hartman
  • 06-08-2018

A good start

A fun, fascinating tail of mysticism in early 20th century New York. The idea of the supernatural, spiritual, and day to day is terribly interresting. I think the story could be a bit darker as the few and far between truly dark moments were gripping. The narration could use a bit of work, but overall I really enjoyed this and look forward to the next two in the trilogy.

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  • Lacy
  • 12-06-2018

Libba Bray is a genius!

Libba Bray is a talented, genius author! The Diviners series is my absolute favorite!! She is amazing at transporting the reader to the 1920s. She writes her characters in a way that makes you fall in love with them! You feel like you know Evie, Memphis, Sam, Theta, Ling, Isaiah, Mabel, Jericho, and Henry. I was super shocked to realize there will be another book coming!! So excited!

This book focused more on the government and how they went about finding Diviners to experiment on them. A lot of the puzzle pieces get put together in this book because we learn about:
-why our fave Diviners are Diviners
-what happened to Evie’s brother, James
-Uncle Will and Ms. Walker’s work
-an up close and personal look at the man in the stovepipe hat
-more about Theta’s past with Roy
-a deeper look into Henry’s, Memphis’s, and Sam’s mother
-Blind Bill’s story finally comes forth
-we get to see the Diviners powers more in action
-we get to see Mabel in a different light
-we get introduced to new characters like Connor Flynn and Arthur Brown
-Evie finally makes a decision in her love triangle between Jericho and Sam
-we get to know Jake Marlowe even more

Usually in each book, the Diviners are fighting a ghost. In this book, they are fighting several!!!!!! I can tell the next book will probably be a battle royale with the “King of Crows.” Can’t wait!!

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  • nina12
  • 22-05-2018

Good story

I wasn't impressed with the lack of character growth. Evie is still immature, even in the face of danger. Mable is still naive, even though she is making dire adult decisions. I liked the addition and explanation of historical subjects such as the Eugenics Movement. I thought this was the final book, but no. This ride continues on after this stop.

January LaVoy is as always a great narrator for this series.

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  • Gary W
  • 12-05-2018

I love this rag tag group of misfits

I enjoyed this book very much. January LaVoy's array of voices makes the audiobook that much better. Sam and Evie Forever. How cute is Isaiah. I would recommend this book to YA lovers.