"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.
©2013 Lauren Beukes (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I thought the story jumped around too much and I suppose the author did that to give us the feel of the time traveling killer but I finished listening and thought what did I just hear?!
Also having multiple narrators confused me even more. I think 2 would've been better.
The narration was well done, however, to me, the story felt lacking in develpement. Specifically the purpose of Harper's need to kill and why the house is a part of the story other than a device to time travel.
I can enjoy a book that doesn't spend a lot of time on developing the antagonist but in this one, it felt more necessary to develope to keep the plot interesting.
Lots of shocking descriptions of murders in this which I felt was all it was giving me through the first half of the book. This is not my preferred story otherwise I would have given it 4 stars. The narration was quite good and the premise of the book was intriguing. You will see both sides of the blade as the narrator changes often. For some of my friends I can see this being an attractive book. It was just not for me.
I think this could have been a great book, however I can't say that for certain. The narration was so awful. Many times I wanted to quit the book and just prayed for it to be over soon. The female voice made this book sound like a teen's young adult novel. I felt like I was watching a show on nickelodeon.
a dedicated dilettante
This is one of those books that I read simply because of the author; reading about a serial killer is not a natural draw. I've heard countless praise regarding Ms. Beukes writing and became more acquainted with her through interviews she given. So I found myself with The Shining Girls; its characters are memorable with a tightly paced story-line, brilliant setting and deftly applied phrasing and dialog. As a writer, Ms. Beukes does not disappoint. Despite this, or rather because of this, it was a difficult book for me to read. I had to take the story in doses. Part of her goal is to show us the ugliness of violence against women; she succeeds. This story is about the strength of a women (Kirby) whom a time-traveling serial killer (Harper) attempts to kill, fails and comes back to finish. Kirby is befriended by Dan, a jaded newspaper man covering sports because he burned out covering the crime scene
As I often do, I went back and forth between the Kindle and the Audible version. It was a well cast with special kudos to Ms. Hvam as Kirby and Mr. Snyder as Dan. I think they handled the drama without over dramatizing and the pacing and hand-offs between dialog went well. If you enjoy audiobooks (and serial killer thrillers) you like this recording.
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My first audio book experience and it was great!
I love books that keep you guessing. Books that make you say, "How is this going to end?!" This was one of those books. The ending was fantastic, I thought. I would have maybe liked a little more closure with Dan and Kirby. But I thought the twist/loop at the end was awesome and made the time travel experience that much more real and understood. So crazy.
This was one of the fastest books I've gotten through. Only took me about 4 days.
I recommend it! But definitely second guess yourself on suggesting it to your book club. You'll be judged by the other members. haha
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