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The Shining Girls: A Novel | [Lauren Beukes]

The Shining Girls: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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

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    marselaine 12-19-14
    marselaine 12-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "the awful narration ruined this book"

    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.

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    Joe Frazier Cary, NC USA 02-27-14
    Joe Frazier Cary, NC USA 02-27-14 Member Since 2014

    a dedicated dilettante

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    "The Shining Girls: a brilliant & gruesome thriller"

    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.

    For full review: wp.me/p2XCwQ-xN

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    Lyndsey COLUMBIA, MO, United States 01-06-14
    Lyndsey COLUMBIA, MO, United States 01-06-14
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does The Shining Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first audio book experience and it was great!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was one of the fastest books I've gotten through. Only took me about 4 days.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Kathleen Raph Minnesota 08-23-13
    Kathleen Raph Minnesota 08-23-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Best Audible Experience Ever!"
    Would you listen to The Shining Girls again? Why?

    Yes! The story line was so compelling. There were also so many details that it would be worth listening again to get more of those I may have missed.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I loved that there were so many narrators. I felt like I was right there with them as they spoke. The variety of narrators made the story so much more real.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audio books during my 1-hour commute twice per day. This book made me wish my commute were longer so i could keep listening. I didn't want to put it away.

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    Juliana Carvalho 07-24-13 Member Since 2013

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    "LOOOOOOVED, LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK!"
    Would you listen to The Shining Girls again? Why?

    Yes, I would. Interesting history and alerts you about being more careful and educating more your children not to engage with strangers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The one Kerby (or whatever her name is written) is attacked and "saved" by the dog. Very graphic and emotional!


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no. They were awesome....spectacular performance; it made the book go from 4,5* to 5* and more!!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ones that described the mind of 'Harper",,,the attacker.


    Any additional comments?

    Could`NO put it down. My husband would make me go back so he could catch up to the history every night! Did my last half-marathon listening the the final chapters! It was great!

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    Colleen Huntington Beach, CA, United States 10-01-13
    Colleen Huntington Beach, CA, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Overrated"
    What disappointed you about The Shining Girls?

    This book was so hyped and I don't think it really succeeded on any level, except the performances of the readers.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lauren Beukes again?

    Probably not.


    What character would you cut from The Shining Girls?

    The "house" as perceived by Harper.


    Any additional comments?

    Neither the mystery nor the time travel elements really worked for me. It was ridiculously gory and this coming from someone who enjoys a good serial killer story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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