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Razorhurst

By Justine Larbalestier
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier digital book - Fable

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"Vivid and bloody and bold and fast—I feel like Razorhurst is in my bones now."
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert

The notoriously bloody history of a mob-run Sydney, Australia neighborhood is fertile ground for this historical thriller with a paranormal twist: two girls' ability to see the many ghosts haunting Razorhurst.
 
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 homeless, is blessed (and cursed) with the ability to see Razorhurst’s many ghosts. They tell secrets that the living can’t know about the cracks already forming in the mobs’ truce.
 
Kelpie meets Dymphna Campbell, Gloriana’s prize moll, over the body of the latest of Dymphna’s beaus to meet an untimely end—a string that’s earned her the nickname the “Angel of Death.” Dymphna can see ghosts, too, and she knows that Gloriana’s hold is crumbling one henchman at a time. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens the two girls at every turn, Dymphna is determined to rise to the top with Kelpie at her side.

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9 Reviews

3.5
“This is basically a high action thriller but also historical fiction. If you're squeamish of blood or gratuitous violence it might not be the read for you. If you like strong female characters and want a taste of historical razor fights in Sydney, Australia with ghosts mixed in, then boy do I have a strange dramatic tale for you!”
“Actual rating: 3.5 I feel sort of guilty about not LOVING this book. After all, it's got fantasy themes and has a couple of tough, independent female characters at its center, two things which tend place stories right in the middle of my wheelhouse. But I just ... wasn't that into it. Make no mistake: I respected the hell out of Dymph, thought Kelpie was really nicely wrought, and appreciated the fact that Larbalestier resisted the urge to give us the perfect happy ending, but I just wasn't ever engaged enough with the characters and their stories (except for Snowy, about whom I would totally read a standalone) to feel any sense of urgency.”
“Great read!”

About Justine Larbalestier

Justine Larbalestier is the Australian-American author of many novels, including Liar, which received four starred reviews, and My Sister Rosa. Justine lives in Sydney, Australia, and New York City, though not at the same time. You can find her on Twitter @JustineLavaworm andher website, justinelarbalestier.com.

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