The Shining Girls: A Novel by Lauren BeukesThe Shining Girls: A Novel by Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls: A Novel

byLauren Beukes

Paperback | January 14, 2014

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The girls who wouldn't die hunts the killer who shouldn't exist.

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own."

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins theChicago Sun-Timesto work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case.Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

The Shining Girlsis a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

Lauren Beukes is a recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, finished runner-up to Lev Grossman for the John W Campbell Award, was shortlisted for a plethora of other awards and received rave reviews from around the world includingThe New York TimesandThe Guardian. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and her daughter.
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Title:The Shining Girls: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:January 14, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316216860

ISBN - 13:9780316216869

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Shining Girls is a Thriller with a Message The victim fighting back is not a new concept. But author Lauren Beukes manages to make it a new concept. The Shining Girls is a mystery thriller about a time travelling serial killer who brutally murders women. That is until one, Kirby Mazrachi, survives by chance and luck. She recovers and starts her own quest to find her attacker, but some clues make no sense. All because she does not realize that time travel is involved. Kirby is helped along the way by an older journalist, Dan Velasquez. He is a sports reporter and wonders if Kirby’s mission is really a good idea or not, but becomes involved more and more. Their evil prey is Harper Curtis. He is a remorseless killer who lives in Depression era Chicago and while escaping another murder, ends up by accident in a strange house that mysteriously speaks to him. The house allows him to leave into different years, where he stalks the victims in their younger selves, then returns in their futures to kill them. The Shining Girls is a very taunt thriller that tells the tale in a very non linear fashion, which given the time travel element is not surprising, which very quickly becomes a page turner. Or in my case, a button pusher, since this was the first book I read on my kindle. The Shining Girls is by the way, a very mature read and not for the faint hearted. Many interesting themes are explored by Beukes in this story, with the obvious being violence against women. It is beyond unfortunate that a book these days would have to highlight this issue, but it is to Beukes credit she takes it on. Her previous experiences as a journalist probably greatly informed her on this terrible human issue. A subtheme, and some could argue is actually the main theme, is the part of the title references. Harper is “sent” by the house to kill Shining Girls. These are women in history who have untold of potential. These women have no idea they shine, no clue of their potential, and are simply trying to live or survive, their lives. They “Shine” and this cannot, will not, be allowed to happen according to Harper. Beukes does an excellent job introducing each of the women, setting up the time periods they exist in, and giving us a feel for their problems. Each Shining Girl is different and interesting and it is heartbreaking when Harper meets them. In many ways, while serial killers like Harper may not be after Shining Girls in real life, the fact that so many promising young women have so few opportunities, and quite often none whatsover, is possibly the real tragedy Beukes is striving too highlight. The fact so many ideas are so prevalent and strong in The Shining Girls is proof that Beukes has crafted much more then a simple thriller, or even a simple time travel thriller. And that part is not simple either, as this picture of Beukes planning the mystery of the Shining Girls out illustrates. If you want a great thriller, The Shining Girls is a great bet. And if you want a great thinking book, The Shining Girls is an even better bet.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read This has an interesting plot. There are a few holes but still enjoyable. The story is a little dark at times but you never loose interest.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book It was dark and beautiful. The details of her story are completely unexpected and the book lives somewhere in between crime fiction, science fiction and fantasy so it wasn't an easy read, but I love the way she writes.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from weird book The ending was somewhat unsatisfying as there were still some unanswered questions and some parts of the book were hard to keep up with. The writing style was refreshing and something I've never seen before but the plot was overall interesting.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Many problems The book has many problems that I just can't ignore. I was quite disappointed overall.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguingly Refreshing. This novel was recommended through the assistance of a store employee and I am very pleased that it was. The novel can be difficult to follow at times as it jumps between perspectives and timelines but as long as you pay attention to the heading of each new chapter you should be fine. The idea of a time travelling serial killer seemed ridiculous to say the least but upon reading the first few chapters I was pleasantly surprised. The novel took on a slight Stephen King approach in terms of its plot line. However, I wish the author would have taken it one step further and really brought the character of the house to the forefront of the novel. While I understand that the protagonist vs antagonist role was between Kirby and the killer. I wish the house had a more commanding presence. I found myself yearning to understand the mystery behind the house and though I liked that the novel left the house to the minds of the readers I found myself wanting more. Overall the novel is not challenging to read and maintains a sense of flow. I would most definitely recommend this novel.
Date published: 2014-06-30

Editorial Reviews

"[Beukes is] so profusely talented - capable of wit, darkness, and emotion on a single page - that a blockbuster seems inevitable....The Shining Girls marks her arrival as a major writer of popular fiction." --USA Today