4/27/16

The Shining Girls - by Lauren Beukes

My Rating: 4 Stars

It is hard to find a good time travel book these days. So many just use time travel to get from point A to point B and that is it. I want a good paradox, I want there to be consequences of time travel. I want a good plot and story. I think The shining Girls is that, a really good time travel story.

This book is told from the 3rd person point of view of Harper and Kirby. Harper is a killer and he stumbles upon a house that has the ability to take him through time. He uses the house to travel back and forth to find his victims, the shining girls. One girl, Kirby lives and is determined to find her killer.

There is violence and descriptions of the killings. The violence is not glorified or gratuitous but this might make some people uncomfortable.  The story does jump back and forth from POV and time periods (it is a time travel book) but it easy to follow and there is some mystery concerning events.

Overall this is a smart time travel book full of suspense and tense moments that will keep you turning the pages.







Book Description:

The Girl Who Wouldn't Die Hunts the Killer Who Shouldn't ExistThe 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.



About the Author:

Lauren Beukes writes books, comics for DC Vertigo, movie scripts, TV shows and occasionally journalism.

She won the Arthur C Clarke Award and The Kitschies Red Tentacle for Zoo City, a gritty phantasmagorical noir about magical animals, pop music, refugees, murder and redemption in the slums of inner city Johannesburg. She is currently adapting the novel as a screenplay for Oscar-nominated producer Helena Spring.

Her debut novel, Moxyland is about a neo-corporate apartheid state, bio-engineered art, nano-branding, cell phones used for social control and terrorism.

The Shining Girls, out May/June 2013 is about a time-travelling serial killer.

She recently made her comics debut in the Fables universe with a Fairest mini-series called The Hidden Kingdom with art by Inaki Miranda. The six issue arc follows Rapunzel travelling to Tokyo to confront a dark secret from her past.

She also writes for kids TV shows including Florrie's Dragons and Mouk and co-created South Africa's first half hour animated show: The Adventures of Pax Afrika.

She's a recovering journalist, who has covered everything from wannabe teenage vampires to township vigilantes and directed a documentary, Glitterboys & Ganglands about South Africa's biggest female impersonation beauty pageant, which won Best LGBT at the Atlanta Black Film Festival.

She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband and daughter.



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