The Shining Girls

The Shining Girls By Lauren Beukes, The Shining Girls The girl who wouldn t die Hunting a killer who shouldn t exist Chicago Violent drifter Harper Curtis stumbles upon a house that hides a secret as shocking as his own twisted nature it opens onto
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  • The Shining Girls By Lauren Beukes, The girl who wouldn t die Hunting a killer who shouldn t exist.Chicago 1931 Violent drifter Harper Curtis stumbles upon a house that hides a secret as shocking as his own twisted nature it opens onto other times.Harper uses it to stalk his shining girls across decades and cut the fire out of them.He s the perfect killer Unstoppable Untraceable Until one of his viThe girl who wouldn t die Hunting a killer who shouldn t exist.Chicago 1931 Violent drifter Harper Curtis stumbles upon a house that hides a secret as shocking as his own twisted nature it opens onto other times.Harper uses it to stalk his shining girls across decades and cut the fire out of them.He s the perfect killer Unstoppable Untraceable Until one of his victims survives and turns the hunt around.Chicago, 1992 Kirby Mazrachi s determination to find the man who tried to kill her has taken over her life.The cops no longer return her calls Her mother copes by writing morbid children s books Her only ally is Dan, the burnt out ex homicide reporter who covered her case.As Kirby closes in on her would be killer, what she finds is impossible Murders scattered across the decades along with evidence that makes no sense Meanwhile, Harper is closing in on her, too.
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    1. Lauren Beukes

      Lauren Beukes is an award winning, best selling novelist who also writes screenplays, TV shows, comics and journalism Her books have been translated into 26 languages and have been optioned for film and TV.Her awards include the Arthur C Clarke Award, the prestigious University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Prize, the Strand Critics Choice Award and the RT Thriller of the Year She s been honoured in South Africa s parliament and most recently won the Mbokondo Award from the Department of Arts and Culture, celebrating women in the arts for her work in the Creative Writing field She is the author of Broken Monsters, about art, ambition, damaged people and not quite broken cities, The Shining Girls, about a time travelling serial killer, the nature of violence, and how we are haunted by history, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical noir set in Johannesburg which won the Arthur C Clarke Award and Moxyland, a dystopian political thriller about a corporate apartheid state where people are controlled by their cell phones Her first book was a feminist pop history, Maverick Extraordinary Women From South Africa s Past, which has recently been reprinted Her comics work includes Survivors Club, an original Vertigo comic with Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly, the New York Times bestselling graphic novel, Fairest The Hidden Kingdom with Inaki Miranda, and a Wonder Woman one shot for kids, The Trouble With Cats in Sensation Comics, set in Mozambique and Soweto and drawn by Mike Maihack Her film and TV work includes directing the documentary, Glitterboys Ganglands, about Cape Town s biggest female impersonation beauty pageant The film won best LGBT film at the San Diego Black Film Festival.She was the showrunner on South Africa s first full length animated TV series, URBO The Adventures of Pax Afrika which ran for 104 half hour episodes from 2006 2009 on SABC3 She s also written for the Disney shows Mouk and Florrie s Dragons and on the satirical political puppet show,ZANews and Archbishop Desmond Tutu s South African Story.Before that she was a freelance journalist for eight years, writing about electricity cable thieves, TB, circumcision, telemedicine, great white sharks, homeless sex workers, Botswana s first female high court judge, and Barbie as a feminist icon for magazines ranging from The Sunday Times Lifestyle to Nature Medicine, Colors, The Big Issue and Marie Claire She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her daughter laurenbeukesTwitter laurenbeukes Instagram laurenbeukes Facebook laurenbeukesAwards Achievements2015 South Africa s Mbokondo Award for Women In The Arts Creative Writing2014 August Derleth Award for The Shining Girls2014 Strand Critics Choice Award for The Shining Girls2014 NPR Best Books of the Year Broken Monsters2014 LA Times Best Books of the Year Broken Monsters2013 University of Johannesburg Literature Prize for The Shining Girls2013 RT Thriller of the Year for The Shining Girls2013 WHSmith Richard Judy BookClub Choice2013 Exclusive Books Bookseller s Choice for The Shining Girls2013 Best Mysteries and Thrillers for The Shining Girls2011 Kitschies Red Tentacle for Zoo City2010 Arthur C Clarke Award for Zoo City

    709 thoughts on “The Shining Girls”

    1. SQUEEE this book is going to end up being the it book of the summer, and probably beyond, because some of you are slow to catch on, and it deserves a longer it cycle is about a time traveling serial killer.which sounds like drunken mad libs, but it works time travel the idea of time travel frequently either makes my head hurt, or is just too silly for me to care aboutbut this one is different the time travel is never given any scientific justification it just is and you accept it or you read a d [...]


    2. Here s the thing about this book it is a mash up of many different genres, and while the execution was perfectly fine, I felt none of them were showcased in a way that was particularlyoutstanding A breakdown of some of the different elements this book tries to incorporate, along with a few thoughts on each Time travel the jumps in timeline in this book involve a weird house in Chicago in the 1930s It shows Harper Curtis all the girls he s yet to kill, and allows him to slip in and out of differe [...]


    3. No, not the twins from the Kubrick movie, but the targets of a serial killer who finds a time portal in Chicago during the Depression and jackrabbits his way through recent American history, killing women and taking trophies Until, that is, he encounters a tuff girl who s not so easy to do away with It s the black hole version of The Time Traveler s Wife.


    4. This book is weird The climax features a one sided snowball fight And it s about a time traveling serial killer It s weird It s also not very good The Shining Girls is a book of parts, and some parts work, some parts don t Each chapter focuses on a person and a time Harper, the time traveling serial killer, spends most of his chapters in the Great Depression Era, plotting escapades to the future to kill shining girls The other main character is Kirby, a shining girl from the early 90s who surviv [...]



    5. Of course I have pet peeves, don t we all I am bone weary tired of books being promoted as the next Gone Girl or worse still.just like The Secret History So just to set the record straight this is nothing like Gone Girl and the only relation I can see to Stieg Larsson s books is that there is a female survivor, who is not prepared to lay down Then again a great many books have kick ass female survivors The problem with this need to categorize some books as being similar to this or that is that a [...]


    6. There s a lot for me to love about this book 1 The main character Kirby is fantastic She is a survivor literally , independent, courageous and determined, a bit of a smart ass with a smart mouth But she s no mere Mary Sue, possessing vulnerabilities and flaws that make her uniquely Kirby and nobody else I found her funny and totally sympathetic Quite honestly, the entire novel pivots around her Without her, the intricate house of cards the author builds would collapse in on itself at the slighte [...]


    7. A killer travels through time picking his victims and leaving mementos behind.I thought I d venture outside of my comfort zone with The Shining Girls and I certainly managed that It was far too gory and violent for me.The trouble is that almost half of the story is told from the killer s point of view The reader gets a front row seat at the crimes, usually immediately after a series of passages describing the girl so that an emotional connection is formed with the victim.I was on a run listening [...]


    8. It s not easy to sell people on the concept of The Shining Girls, because every time I try to describe the plot, I can t do it without making this sound like the dumbest possible idea for a book This is a story about a time traveling serial killer See It sounds so dumb and so bad And if you read it and came to the same conclusion, I would not blame you at all But, much like the cranked to eleven lunacy of The Girl on the Train, this book just worked for me In essence, this is a very, very dumb i [...]


    9. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, first published in 2013, is fascinating, almost hypnotic, for many reasons, but emphatically because its style and subject matter makes it an odd fit for clearly defined genres Combining elements of horror, murder mystery, thriller, crime, and time travel fantasy this book finds itself on a unique bookshelf and Beukes demonstrates her rare gift of imagination and technical ability Using a shifting perspective, jumping chronological narrative technique that wor [...]


    10. I was going to fire up the time mower to do this review, but I was scared I d bump into a homicidal maniac so I left it in the garage this time.Harper Curtis is a hobo during the Great Depression in Chicago who makes a miraculous discovery when he gains access to a mysterious house that can transport him into the future up until the early 90s Unfortunately, Harper is a psychopath who starts using names and objects in the house to track and murder women in various times Harper thinks that the hou [...]


    11. Quick caveat to apologising for not reading or reviewing so much any I m an English Lit student and it s pretty much killed reading for pleasure for me But along came The Shining Girls , and Karen s review compares it to Gone Girl , one of my favourites and the big buzz book of summer 2012 and I need to get on this shit.Then I read it.And I don t know what s wrong with me, but it s as simple as this I don t understand the hype.Looking at the blurb, I do The premise is both devilishly simple and [...]


    12. This book has a great premise It s a time traveling serial killer One of his victims survives and starts to track him down However, I was disappointed in the novel and I think it got overhyped The chapters alternate between different characters and time periods, and the author was juggling too much and couldn t make it gel The killer, Harper, has so many murder victims that it s difficult to care about them or even to remember who is who We also don t get any explanation for why Harper was able [...]


    13. The one thing that impresses me the most about this book is the sheer ambition.I mean, it s a Mystery cat and mouse game told from killer who can hop through time from Depression Era through the early nineties, getting his depraved game of meeting little shining girls and coming back moments later when they re all grown up to brutally murder them.And then we also get a heavily researched and deeply characterized slew of female victims that reads like a brilliant historical novel than what could [...]


    14. I m now all caught up with Lauren Beukes Write Beukes is one of my favorite authors, and this is an excellent novel I do have to say, however, that for me, it might be the least striking and remarkable of her works, although I believe it is her most critically acclaimed.It s a cross genre mashup of a time travel story and a serial killer murder mystery Harper Curtis has always been a psychopathic killer But when the hobo, back in 1939, wanders into a seemingly abandoned house that s strangely w [...]


    15. I wanted to like this book way than I actually did The premise of it sounds wonderful A time traveling serial killer Color me intrigued The thing was this book reads so slow that I kept falling asleep There s a house that allows this cray cray man to travel across time Spotting girls that shine and going back later when they have grown up and killing them Brutally.I thought the shine thing would draw me in since I loved that theme in The Shining and Doctor Sleep Nope There are some good moments [...]


    16. Wow Just wow.I m amazed at the mixed reviews that this book has received I loved it.A time traveling serial killer A girl who survived his attack She tries to put her life back together and to put an end to his murdering ways.I felt deliciously drunk on time, as the chapters changed POV and year, but all clearly marked by the title heading During the last several chapters, my feet were making little running motions and I kept checking to see how many pages of tension were left That s rare.What i [...]


    17. First, we ll address the 800 pound gorilla in the room How you doin , Mr Bananas Doing fine, E How s the family They re well Autumn s growing up too quick and Chris well, Chris is a dude You know how dudes are I do, I do So what is it that I can help you with, E Oh, nothing Just wanted to address you Oh Well you should know that this is a terrible joke and, if people laugh, they ll be laughing at you, not with you I know Good Just wanted to make that clear Say, do you have any bananas I m sorry, [...]


    18. I read this book as it was listed somewhere as a Top twenty must read books of the summer I believe it was in Paste Magazine, but I am not sure.I read a lot of book lists because I read a lot of books.It is billed as a Serial Killer novel with a twist Time travel.OK, I m sold.Bring it on This book tries so damn hard to be clever that it loses its focus straight out of the gate.It is so caught up in the vehicle of time travel that it becomes snared in the trappings of contrived nuance What do I m [...]


    19. There are many, many serial killer novels out there, but not one that is quite like this Featuring a killer, who stumbles onto a house that lets him travel through time to find what he calls, his shining girls Girls that are so full of life he is compelled to extinguish their flame How does one possibly catch a killer that can kill and then escape to another time He does leave a few clues, and Kirby, who did not die and is the one who got away, wants nothing than to hunt him down I loved that t [...]


    20. My problem lately with books is that I have been generally enjoying what I ve been reading, but I just haven t had much to say about them once I m done Time travelling serial killer Bad ass punk hardcore grrrrl who he failed to kill when he had the chance Chicago That s my plot summary I don t think when I was recently recommended to try to write a review in four sentences or less that is what the guy had in mind view spoiler Why didn t Harper just go back in time to right after he had stabbed K [...]



    21. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum A time traveling serial killer, you say I was so ready to amp it up to 1.21 gigawatts and press the accelerator to 88 MPH But then It s like the author was really late for a meeting with the publishers, and while running down the hallway as fast as possible she drops the whole shebang, chapters scatter, there is no time to put everything back together in the proper order, so she makes the decision to go with whatever arrangement they are in once she picked [...]


    22. So disappointing.Beukes must have an incredible agent, because the buzz around this book was crazy I expected a feminist science fiction thriller, where an alternative, parallel history of revolutionary women is wiped out by an agenda driven killer This book turned out to be a run of the mill slasher novel with an unexplained time travel element I don t even mind that the time travel wasn t explained What bothered me was that there wasn t any point to it It isn t as though Beukes made any intere [...]


    23. A monster that sucks people s brains out their heads is far less disturbing than a serial killer that stalks and kills girls for no reason An equal opportunity serial killer that kills men as well as women is also less disturbing I don t know much about real life serial killers but for some reason their fictional counterparts almost always go after young girls There is a layer of unreality in the brain sucking monster scenario that makes it not at all disturbing regardless of how graphic the des [...]


    24. Everything happens for a reason He should be grateful It s because he is forced to leave that he finds the House It is because he took the coat that he has the key Harper stalks his Shining Girls through time and the House helps him He visits the girls when they are children, takes mementos from them and tells them he ll be back for them when it s time When that time comes, he leaves their bodies with a new memento, one taken from a different Shining Girl His goal is to kill them all, all who Sh [...]


    25. The next stop in my time travel marathon November being Science Fiction Month was The Shining Girls, a 2013 thriller by Lauren Beukes Here s a novel I did not cotton to at all through 80 pages It s written in present tense It s fragmented, with a few chapters no longer than four pages The narrative unfolds from at least four different recurring points of view and over ten total It s a puzzle that fits together at odd angles It was not going to be my cup of tea That s what I thought.The time bend [...]


    26. With a plethora of reviews having appeared already and a good amount of pre publication publicity hype, I was both keen and intensely curious about this foray into crime from Lauren Beukes, author of the excellent Zoo City and Moxyland.With a clever and quite unique premise The Shining Girls is something really quite different in crime fiction fare, but I almost fell at the first hurdle I must admit Stupidly I read the first 50 pages or so in small chunks, racing to finish another book at the sa [...]


    27. While fleeing the law in Depression era Chicago, Harper Curtis stumbles upon the key to a derelict house with magical properties Despite its outward appearance, the inside of the house is one of grandeur well, except for the dead body in the hallway, but real estate being what it is during the Depression, one can t be too picky There s a stash of cash and a haphazard collection of kitschy objects from different time periods, but that s not the only secret hidden by this house it is also a portal [...]


    28. Original review posted on The Book SmugglersLauren Beukes has been on my radar for a while but I never felt inclined to pick her books until l The Shining Girls came along with its promising conceit Science Fiction meets Thriller in a story featuring a time travelling serial killer and his one surviving victim looking for revenge.In Depression era Chicago, Harper Curtis walks into The House to find a dead body in the hallway and a room full of mementos from dead girls Their murders, actions he h [...]


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