“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 her secrets the living can’t know about the cracks already forming in the mobs’ truce.
Then Kelpie meets Dymphna Campbell, a legendary beauty and prized moll of Gloriana Nelson. She’s earned the nickname “Angel of Death” because none of her beaus has ever survived knowing her. Unbeknownst to Kelpie, 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 not only to survive, but to rise to the top with Kelpie at her side.
Meet the Author
JUSTINE LARBALESTIER is an Australian-American writer who was born and raised in Sydney. Her last solo novel, Liar, received four starred reviews, was shortlisted for eleven awards, won four—and was a best book of the year for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), School Library Journal, Bank Street Books, Michigan Thumps Up, as well as the International Youth Library’s The White Ravens 2010. She also wrote How to Ditch Your Fairy and the Magic or Madness trilogy as well as co-editing the anthology Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology with Holly Black. Justine lives in Sydney, Australia where she gardens, boxes, and tweets far too much.