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The Shining Girls

by Lauren Beukes

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Harper is a serial killer with a difference, he can travel through time. Kirby is one of his victims who survives. Kirby is determined to find the man who nearly killed her.

I don't normally read books that could be classed as sci fi. Time travel I can cope with if it's done simply and not to complex. In this case Harper can time travel by going to The House.

I was getting on with the book ok but then started getting very confused. The chapters switched between the characters and various time periods. There was a lot of backwards and forwards. I had to keep backtracking to see where I was. This then left me very frustrated.

For now the book unfortunately I have left unfinished half way through. This is the reason I have given it one star. If I could have finished the book it would probably be worthy of a higher score. ( )
  tina1969 | Feb 24, 2017 |
Much better than Broken Monsters. I would have appreciated a tighter ending with more information on where the characters ended up. ( )
  Heather_Brock | Nov 23, 2016 |
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes has kept me enthralled from the moment I picked it up and started reading about a Depression-era drifter named Harper Curtis, who stumbles into a house that is able to project him through time. The house has a purpose and that is for Harper to hunt down and kill a series of young women who shine with potential. These shining girls are scattered through the years but the location is always the city of Chicago.

Kirby Mazrachi is one of the shining girls, but when her turn to die comes, she somehow, with the help of her dog, manages to survive the attack. Her life focus then becomes tracking down the man who tried to kill her. Working with a reporter, they start to unravel this strange mystery.

I found this book to be an original take on a serial killer thriller. A little science-fiction mixed with a lot of crime story produces this time-twisting, dark story. I can see this story may not appeal to all. Those who are more interested in the how and why of the science-fiction may feel a little cheated as this book concentrates more on the thriller aspect but for me this story worked beautifully. A warning however, as The Shining Girls is very violent and the author does not shy away from the gruesome. ( )
2 vote DeltaQueen50 | Sep 5, 2016 |
This is a brilliantly conceived book. Incredibly original and excellently executed. Enthralling read. Highly recommend. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
Brutal. No he sido capaz de irme a dormir porque me quedaban menos de 20 páginas.

Al principio parecía un poco lenta, después hubo un momento de confusión con un capítulo que parece equivocado en el "orden" cronológico (teniendo en cuenta lo saltos que hay). Hasta que llega el frenesí, cada vez más cerca, se cruzan los caminos, se reduce el espacio entre las épocas.

Una novela negra con mecánica de ciencia ficción (viajes en el tiempo), que son sólo una pequeña parte de la trama.

Las víctimas, los encuentros, la horrible sensación desagradable del momento de los asesinatos. El monstruo de Harper, que te engancha. Y una pregunta ¿por qué? ( )
  Minimissplaced | Jul 21, 2016 |
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Lauren Beukes' latest, The Shining Girls (Mulholland Books, $26), is a devastating and gruesome serial-killer mystery wrapped up in a time-travel tale that satisfies on both levels. The question surrounding the murders isn't so much “who” as “when,” and it's further complicated by a victim who wasn't actually murdered, despite the careful efforts of the killer.
 

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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 Mizrachi 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 onto 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.

Determine 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.

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Back and forth in time
goes a serial killer.
One victim prevails.
(julienne_preacher)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316216852, Hardcover)

The Time Traveler's Wife meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in this story of a time-traveling serial killer who is impossible to trace--until one of his victims survives.

In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back.

Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery.

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:16 -0400)

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"A time-traveling serial killer is impossible to trace-- until one of his victims survives. In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back. Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery"--Publisher's web site.… (more)

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