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. "It's not my fault. It's yours. You shouldn't shine. You shouldn't make me do this."
Chicago 1931. Harper Curtis, a violent drifter, stumbles on a house with a secret as shocking as his own twisted nature - it opens onto other times. He uses it to stalk his carefully chosen 'shining girls' through the decades - and cut the spark out of them. He's the perfect killer. Unstoppable. Untraceable. He thinks...
Chicago, 1992. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Tell that to Kirby Mazrachi, whose life was shattered after a brutal attempt to murder her. Still struggling to find her attacker, her only ally is Dan, an ex-homicide reporter who covered her case and now might be falling in love with her. As Kirby investigates, she finds the other girls - the ones who didn't make it. The evidence is ... impossible. But for a girl who should be dead, impossible doesn't mean it didn't happen...
©2013 Lauren Buekes (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Oh my ... a glorious creation. So pleased to read a serial killer thriller that has such intelligence behind it. But what I was really thinking (along with reminding myself to BREATHE) was what a brilliant film it would be and how awesome the house was." (Granta)
"The Shining Girls is utterly original, beautifully written, and I must say, it creeped the holy bejasus out of me. This is something special" (Tana French, author of In the Woods & Broken Harbour)
"A new kind of thriller. A dark, relentless, time-twisting, page-turning murder story guaranteed to give you heart palpitations. It shines." (Matt Haig, author of The Radleys)
The story itself is enjoyable enough but with an unsatisfying ending. However, the narration is dreadful. Christopher Ragland is a fine narrator when he sticks to his own voice but his male characterisations are bad and the the female ones are appalling. Every woman/girl whether she is a child, an architect, a transsexual, a drug addict or the sole survivor of a serial killer sounds like a cross between Mariliyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday Mr President and a muppet baby!
This book is totaly absorbing from the very first chapter. Its hard to stop listening too, i was unsure about it and decided to go for it after reading other reviews and seeing how long it was (the longer the better for me). The brutal scenes in it aren't as horrific to listen to as they are to read and are pefectly in context with the story. The narrator does a fantastic job, bringing scores of characters to life and really sucking you in. You really get two threads to the book. One of the time-traveling murder element,of a man driven to horrific acts being thrown through the years addicted to murdering beautiful, strong women and then the story of the survival of one of his victims. Both are as compelling as the other. Also each of the murder's other victims is beautifuly written, a real rounded character that you feel for and i found that quite astounding as some of them feature very briefly.Infact every character comes roaring to life, due to some superb writing and some excellent acting skills from the narrator. I was expecting the end to be a let down, because it built so beautifully, but it isn't. Clever, moving and make an impossible situation completely believable.To listen to all the time jumping back and forth through the decades can be confusing, but i dont think it really made any difference , you can tell where you are from the context of the story itself. Really worth the credit, even if sci-fi or detective storys aren't you thing, its got such a lot of weight to it that those points aren't even the main focus, the characters are and their story just has to be heard, it stayed with me for days after and i found myself re-playing chapters afterwards.
After reading reviews and hearing the author interviewed on Woman's Hour I was so excited to download 'The Shining Girls' and in many ways it did not disappoint. It is beautifully written and narrated and what a fantastic concept - a time travelling serial killer. I was a little concerned that this would take it into the sci- fi genre but crime fiction lovers can relax- it reads very much like a crime novel and I just accepted the time travelling element without question. I loved the chapters focusing on Kirby- a surviving victim- and her hunt for Harper the serial killer and these chapters were definitely the strongest part of the novel. The chapters focusing on Harper's victims were a little less successful as I did get a little confused around time and characters. This may however be to do with listening to rather than reading the novel. I was disappointed with the ending but it's hard to know how it could have been concluded. Overall though, a highly recommended listen by a brilliant author.
Cat lover heavy metal lady. Bolton, UK.
I enjoyed the narration - very good voices and characterisation and plenty of life in the reading. And the unusual twisty story.
Not sure what I could compare it to. It's a serial killer story with a difference.
The last few chapters where it all sort of comes together. Very tense!
Well, it's a long book so no! I listened to it as I listen to most of my audio books - an hour or so every afternoon while I have a rest.
It's quite a graphic book - a fair amount of detailed violence and profanities. If you're ok with that, you will probably enjoy this unusually told tale of a serial killer with a strange element. Quite weird and complicated though. It takes time to fully get the idea of what is going on. And the ending takes a bit of thinking about.
A time traveling serial killer.A girl who survived his attack.She tries to put her life back together and put an end to his murderous ways.
Harper Curtis is a dirt bag-with a meager life,until he stumbles on a house that takes him through time and he enjoys it.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, all who Shine, and his mission is complete. Except one survived. And now she's the one looking for him.
This book flits through time and characters so much you may lose the plot and be confused-however saying that it was enjoyable and I listened in two consecutive sittings.
I enjoyed this story from Lauren Beukes but it felt amazingly thematically similar to NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. This normally wouldn't be a problem as Hill's a great author as well but I'd only just finished reading it before starting to listen to this. Just bad timing on my part so couldn't mark the story down at all.
Lots of posters on the London subway advertising this book, but I found that after 4 hours of listening I still couldn't really follow what I felt was a series of disjointed incidents. I felt there to be no tension, no wondering what was coming next and no empathy for any of the characters.
The performer's narration was fine, but when he was voicing the characters themselves, it felt like I was listening to an episode of the Simpsons. Maybe that cartoon voice was intended, but it didn't work for me.
It may well be my age ,but I'm beginning to find the repetitive description of the mutilation and torture of women heart breaking and infuriating. When you reach the point where small children are sobbing at their dead mothers grave, the urge to throw the damn phone out of the window is overwhelming.
This is yet another of those time line books where we go backward and forwards ,whilst some lunatic murders all in his path, the trouble is we never find out why. I enjoyed the story set in the present and was genuinely interested in the heroines well being ,however once you realise the murderer can go back and rewrite history the whole thing become a farce.
Narrator fine-not their fault
I couldn't keep going so can't say-all of them
Time Traveling Killer
I loved the story line, it had you on edge waiting for the killer to make a mistake and be found....
He spoke well and his accents were good.
Great South African talent that makes you proudly South African!!!
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