The Shining Girls: A Novel

Paperback | January 14, 2014

byLauren Beukes

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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.

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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,...

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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Format: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 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

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"[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