Book Review: The Shining Girls

Shining-Girls-UK-cover-not-final-low-resThe Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The blurb: “It’s not my fault. It’s yours. You shouldn’t shine. You shouldn’t make me do this.”

Chicago 1931. Harper Curtis, a violent drifter, stumbles on a house with a secret as shocking as his own twisted nature – it opens onto other times. He uses it to stalk his carefully chosen ‘shining girls’ through the decades – and cut the spark out of them.

He’s the perfect killer. Unstoppable. Untraceable. He thinks…

Chicago, 1992. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Tell that to Kirby Mazrachi, whose life was shattered after a brutal attempt to murder her. Still struggling to find her attacker, her only ally is Dan, an ex-homicide reporter who covered her case and now might be falling in love with her.

As Kirby investigates, she finds the other girls – the ones who didn’t make it. The evidence is … impossible. But for a girl who should be dead, impossible doesn’t mean it didn’t happen…

My review: Wow! This may have been done before but not to my knowledge. A time-travelling serial killer is one to savour! I love a new concept and the ability that Harper has of moving through time means Lauren Beukes gets to play around with her narrative with some delightfully descriptive and invocative times in the US’ past.

My particular favourites are the scenes played out in 1930’s Chicago. It’s so descriptive and beautiful, evocative of a time long past.

There are a wealth of interesting and detailed characters in this book, it was a real shame that there was so many in fact as there were one or two who I really would’ve loved to have been fleshed out a bit more. They had something! But Kirby is my all out favourite, a great heroine, damaged but brave, flawed and relate-able – Kirby is someone you want to root for.

An exciting new voice, I’ll be looking out for her next book!

8 out of 10 stars! ********
BUY ME! The Shining Girls


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