The Shining Girls

Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls

The Shining Girls

  • Title: The Shining Girls
  • Author: Lauren Beukes
  • ISBN: 9780007464562
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Hardcover

The girl who wouldn t die, hunting a killer who shouldn t exist A terrifying and original serial killer thriller from award winning author, Lauren Beukes.1930 s America Lee Curtis Harper is a delusional, violent drifter who stumbles on a house that opens onto other times.Driven by visions, he begins a killing spree over the next 60 years, using an undetectable MO and leavThe girl who wouldn t die, hunting a killer who shouldn t exist A terrifying and original serial killer thriller from award winning author, Lauren Beukes.1930 s America Lee Curtis Harper is a delusional, violent drifter who stumbles on a house that opens onto other times.Driven by visions, he begins a killing spree over the next 60 years, using an undetectable MO and leaving anachronistic clues on his victims bodies.But when one of his intended shining girls , Kirby Mazrachi, survives a brutal stabbing, she becomes determined to unravel the mystery behind her would be killer While the authorities are trying to discredit her, Kirby is getting closer to the truth, as Harper returns again and again

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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 yo [...]

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 diff [...]

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.

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 th [...]

Ένα συγκλονιστικό, πρωτότυπο και ανατρεπτικό ψυχολογικό θρίλερ. Καταφέρνει να συνδυάσει το παραφυσικό και το παράλογο με το ρεαλιστικό και το αναμενόμενο δημιουργώντας μια τέλεια σκοτεινή και αποκρουστική ατμόσφαιρα γύρω από τα γεγονότα και τους πρωταγωνιστες. Η χρονικ [...]

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 tha [...]

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 th [...]

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 listeni [...]

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 [...]

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 w [...]

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 [...]

Quick caveat to apologising for not reading or reviewing so much anymore. 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 more like a brilliant historical novel than what [...]

I'm now all caught up with Lauren Beukes! Write more! :-)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 [...]

I wanted to like this book way more 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 [...]

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. [...]

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 ha [...]

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.' [...]

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 more than to hunt him down. I l [...]

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 [...]

I made a mistake with this -Im not going to to continue.

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 [...]

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 ma [...]

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 grap [...]

'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, al [...]

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 [...]

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 s [...]

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 p [...]

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 [...]

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