Throwback Thursday : The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Throwback Thursday, is a new feature created by Tenacious Reader with the aim of  highlighting books from your reading past. This can be virtually anything, a book that you previously read and loved, a book that you want to highlight again, maybe it’s a book in a series and the next book is due out shortly so you want to focus some attention on the series.   Anything goes – so long as your book isn’t a current release as there are already plenty of ways to highlight the latest books.  

The book I’d like to shine the spotlight on this week is : The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.  This is an author that I really like.  The books of hers that I’ve read have been simply amazing, dark and imaginative.  I haven’t read all her books and that is something that I need to address but for today I’m going with The Shining Girls, difficult to believe that this was published in 2013 – I wonder if it’s due for a reread!  A book that brings to us a time travelling serial killer.  This is a dark read but it’s also absolutely compelling read and I couldn’t put it down.

The shining girlsThe Girl Who Wouldn’t Die Hunts the Killer Who Shouldn’t Exist

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.



14 Responses to “Throwback Thursday : The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes”

  1. Tammy

    I never did get around to reading this, but now that you’ve reminded me…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – well, I know how many books you have sat waiting, and how many more you’re sent each month so I can’t imagine how daunting your tbr must be.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Captain's Quarters

    That be an excellent choice. This was a five star read for both me and the first mate. Arrrr!
    x The Captain

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This one is on my reading list! I think the only book I’ve read by her is Broken Monsters.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I did Like Broken Monsters and Zoo City. She’s such a creative author.
      Lynn 😀

  4. pagesandtea

    I’m sure I’ve got this one on my e-reader, must go and have a look, it sounds really good.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really liked it and in fact went back and read Zoo City on the strength of the writing here.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    This is the only book I read by this author so far, but it was an amazing, engaging and spectacular read – one I will not forget so easily. Thank you for reminding me of one of the best book that came my way… 🙂

  6. waytoofantasy

    I’ve heard great things about Lauren Beukes! I think I may be picking up a book of hers this year at some point. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you get a chance to read her – I really enjoy her writing.
      Lynn 😀

  7. bkfrgr

    Lauren Beukes is just awesome, isn’t she? I loved Shining Girls and Zoo City. And LittleRedReviewer have nearly finished our buddy read of Broken Monsters … squee … 🙂

  8. Carmen

    Oh, I like this premise! A unique spin on the typical assassin-for-hire trope. 🙂

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