The Shining Girls: A Novel

by Lauren Beukes

Little, Brown And Company | June 11, 2013 | Hardcover | Large Print

The Shining Girls: A Novel is rated 4.57142857142857 out of 5 by 7.
THE GIRL 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 the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

THE SHINING GIRLS is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

Format: Hardcover | Large Print

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.5 in

Published: June 11, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316245216

ISBN - 13: 9780316245210

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great conceit and suspenseful This book was pitched to me as one with a time-travelling serial killer, and that was enough for me. Harper is creepy, Kirby is a determined protagonist, and the magical safe house is fascinating to contemplate. I thought the execution of this book was a little mediocre, but the conceit makes up for it.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A major talent A significant step forward from her last book...there is no question about this writer's talent...an exciting thriller with lots to say about violence towards women from a well researched historical perspective....the time travel plot device bothered this old fashioned reader at first but I now concede that it added an interesting dimension to the book... The violence is nasty like a James Lee Burke novel....congrats on a job well done
Date published: 2014-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A major talent This was an excellent but difficult read. I found the premise to be fascinating but unlike Stephen King's 11-22-63 (similar premise -- a place tied to a time travel nexis) which seemed to flow naturally, this story bounced around a lot and was sometimes difficult to follow. Sometimes I was caught up more in the story of the other victims, rather than Kirby, who somehow manages to unravel the mystery of The shining girls.
Date published: 2014-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Shining Girls Kept me intrigued but disappointed with the abrupt ending.
Date published: 2014-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Sometimes hard to follow but a really interesting, intriguing read!
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! An incredible novel by a supremely talented writer. The plot is gripping, and the ease with which Beukes shifts between writing about a 1930's Chicago and a 1990's setting is impressive. This is a title which I have already recommended to everyone I know, and will continue to do so. Hopefully we will be seeing much more of Beukes' writing soon.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! 4.5 stars! The premise is terrific and well-executed with a quick-paced plot. The writing itself is also well done. The murders are graphic without being gratuitous or sentimental. I can definitely see this book being turned into a successful TV show.
Date published: 2014-01-23

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The Shining Girls: A Novel

The Shining Girls: A Novel

by Lauren Beukes

Format: Hardcover | Large Print

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.5 in

Published: June 11, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316245216

ISBN - 13: 9780316245210

From the Publisher

THE GIRL 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 the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

THE SHINING GIRLS is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

About the Author

Lauren Beukes is the author of the acclaimed novelsMoxyland and Zoo City. She 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 including The New York Timesand The Guardian. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and her daughter.