In the vein of The Diviners and The Crimson Petal and the White, Razorhurst reimagines the notorious history of mob-controlled Sydney-with a paranormal twist. Sydney's deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, 1932. Gloriana Nelson and Mr. Davidson, two ruthless mob bosses, have reached a fragile peace-one maintained by "razor men." Kelpie, orphaned and living on the street, is blessed and cursed with the ability to see Razorhurst's many ghosts, and she sees the cracks already forming in their truce. Then Kelpie meets Dymphna Campbell. Dymphna is a legendary beauty and prized moll of Gloriana Nelson. She's earned the nickname "Angel of Death" for the trail of beaus who have died trying to protect her from Mr. Davidson's assassins. Unbeknownst to Kelpie, Dymphna can see ghosts, too, and as Gloriana's hold crumbles one burly henchman at a time, the girls will need one another more than ever. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens at every turn, Dymphna is determined to not only survive but rise to the top with Kelpie at her side.
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by Justine Larbalestier
by Francesca Kay
by C.J. Box
by William Kent Krueger
by Carly Phillips
by Mark Spragg
by Clyde Edgerton
by Ivan Doig
by Molly Gloss
"Rebekah Rimington and Fiona Hardingham portray two orphans who can communicate with ghosts as they make their way through crime-ridden, haunted Razorhurst. The third narrator, David Ligudzinski, somberly provides backstories that delve into Razorhurst's history and reveal characters' motivations. While the story frequently switches point of view and time periods, the multiple narrators alleviate any confusion. The use of Australian voices to narrate a story set in Sydney adds authenticity and grounds the piece in Larbalestier's style. A slightly faster pace could have heightened the atmosphere of the suspenseful plot, but, overall, this is an intriguing listen. K.S.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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