The Shining Girls, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The jaw-dropping, page-turning, critically-acclaimed book of the year: a serial-killer thriller unlike any other from the award-winning Lauren Beukes. 'GONE GIRL has not exactly gone. But THE SHINING GIRLS have arrived' (The Times). "It's not my fault. It's yours. You shouldn't shine. You shouldn't make me do this." THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE Kirby is lucky she survived the attack.

She is sure there were other victims were less fortunate, but the evidence she finds is ...impossible.

HUNTING A KILLER WHO SHOULDN'T EXIST Harper stalks his shining girls through the years - and cuts the spark out of them.

But what if the one that got away came back for him?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780007464586



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I find myself very undecided about this book - was it a clever idea of a murderer travelling back and forth through time, or was it a rather nasty serial killer with a slightly silly premise?It seemed a fairly long book, possibly due to the flitting about through time, or maybe because, apart from the gruesome murders, no much happens in the early part of the book. The language seems to get worse the further into the book you get, and there is never any explanation or back story for either Harper (the murderer) or 'The House' Some will like this book, others may find it rather unsatisfying I think.

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What happens when a total lowlife like Harper Curtis stumbles across a house that gives the gift of time travel and wants so little in return? The price is to kill the girls who shine so brightly with potential and it’s one that Harper is more than willing to pay. Kirby Mazrachi is one of his victims but somehow, thanks to her dog, manages to survive the brutal attack and tries to do what the police seem incapable of and catch the man who tried to kill her. Not believing that she’s his first victim, Kirby also tries to find previous cases and finds some rather troubling evidence. Harper, while continuing his time-travelling antics, discovers that Kirby managed to survive and realises he has to finish the job he started. Who will find whom first?The only problem with this book is that it takes a while to really get into. I’m not sure if it’s because the plot is non-linear or because the story is a little disjointed as it switches between characters and time in small vignettes. It took me two days picking at the book to get through the first 50 pages and from that point it really takes off and I read the next 300-odd pages in one sitting. Each chapter is headed with the person/people the reader is following and the date that particular phase of the story takes place and you need to pay attention to these until you get used to the who and when of it all. There are some pretty gruesome events described in this book (and I’m not talking about Kirby’s early sexual adventures) including one horrible piece of animal cruelty that will prove quite distressing to those bothered by such things.The characters and setting are exceptionally well drawn and believable in their actions from Harper, the brutal psychopath who can be charming enough when the occasion demands but will hold a grudge if you cross him, to the plucky survivor Kirby, who wants to bring her would-be killer to justice, and Dan the jaded crime reporter now covering the sports desk who Kirby initially uses to gain access to crime reports and then befriends. We also get to see brief snippets of some of the other shining girls before their light is snuffed out forever. The setting of Chicago (where all the story evolves) has been thoroughly researched as well as the history of the place also with credits being provided in the acknowledgements. My copy of the book includes a short interview with the author where I learned that the TV rights had already been purchased and if done right could rival True Detective for compulsive viewing.Overall, a fantastic book only slightly let down by the problems at the beginning.

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