The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
A Novel

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7 Critic Reviews

Beukes has done tremendous research about the long span of Chicago time in which her story occurs, and carefully constructed the eccentric and brilliant plot.
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Synopsis

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 Lauren Beukes

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Lauren Beukes is the author of the acclaimed novels Moxyland 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 Times and the Guardian. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and her daughter.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Mulholland Books. 401 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on May 26 2013

A big asset to “The Shining Girls” is the emotional effect of the victims’ unusual virtue.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Alison Flood on May 04 2013

...you're in for a wild, brutal ride through the 20th century, in the company of one of the sarkiest, most resilient heroines you're likely to meet this year.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Ben Hamilton on May 01 2013

This is an entertaining novel that will be read with keen attention, but the reader may end up slightly confused by the meaning of it all.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 01 2013

Beukes is particularly good at garnering sympathy for Harper’s female victims, creating deep characterizations in only a few pages, so that they come across as more than just fodder for a psychopath’s mission.

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NPR

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Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Jun 13 2013

Beukes has done tremendous research about the long span of Chicago time in which her story occurs, and carefully constructed the eccentric and brilliant plot.

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National Post arts

Excellent
Reviewed by Medeine Tribinevicius on May 31 2013

...a clever plot (or is it time?) twist in the middle of the book...makes it impossible to put down, and Beukes has crafted a thoroughly satisfying thriller.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Medeine Tribinevicius on May 31 2013

Though this attention to the changing role of women in history doesn’t always work, the overall effect is to focus on the women in the story, not on the killer’s motivations. Combine this with Kirby’s irresistible and irrepressible charms and a clever plot (or is it time?) twist in the middle of the book that makes it impossible to put down...

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