The Shining Girls

The Shining Girls

Book - 2013
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Two damaged outsiders. Two impossible people. Locked in a bloody dance, a dance which will end in death. For one of them Chicago, 1931. Harper is a man out of time with all the time in the world to stalk and kill his shining girls. The objects he lays by their violated bodies are more than just clues: they are the glittering threads of his obsession, a web of sick satisfaction glowing at him through the years. But these things have to be right. And if a girl lived to tell the tale, well, that would have to be fixed. Chicago, 1992. Kirby knows there's something strange about the man who nearly killed her aside from being a violent psychopath. Rejected by those who should help her, she searches for the others, the girls who didn't make it. What Kirby finds is impossible. The murders are scattered across the decades, accompanied by totally contradictory evidence. But for a girl who should be dead, impossible doesn't mean it didn't happen.
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. : HarperCollins Publishers, 2013.
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 389 p. ;,24 cm.


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JessicaGma Jul 05, 2019

Not a bad riff on the magical house used by an evil person style of novel, but it was a bit wonkus as the narrative stream was all over the place due to the time travel. I got a bit tired of the death to all the women serial killer-ness of it all, so I shall skip this style of story for a spell.

JCLSamS Jul 12, 2018

I found this book fascinating! A serial killer jumps through time, pursuing pre-destined victims that he knows he must kill. In present day, the one woman that managed to escape him is determined to find him and solve her own near-murder. The clues that she picks up lead her to believe in something impossible. I loved the time-travel aspect, especially as the story touches in many different and interesting eras of America's past. Some of the plot elements seemed a bit cheesy, and I could understand some complaints about the ending, but I overall really enjoyed it.

JohnK_KCMO Dec 26, 2017

A serial killer who travels through time. A young woman - smart, sarcastic, punk - who survived his attack. Vivid snapshots of Chicago through the 20th century. There's a lot going on in this novel but it all works brilliantly. Beukes' prose and taut pacing meant I couldn't put this one down. Highly recommended for fans of murder mysteries, SF, historical fiction, and strong leading women.

WCLSNorthForkLibrary Oct 19, 2016

For fans of both time travel stories and historical fiction, this is a great read! I really enjoyed all of the small details about each of Harper's victims and the grotesque nature of their deaths is contrasted beautifully with their vibrant lives. My recommendation: don't skip the author's note in the end.


Mar 12, 2016

This book had a strong female protagonist, but the time travel mechanism seemed a bit silly to me. The character development was rather good though.

Sep 10, 2015

Forgettable story about a serial killer committing crimes by traveling through time portals - I know a rather unusual idea for a book. Besides that the chapters are written by going back and forth through time periods and the main characters all of which can get rather confusing. Nothing but a waste of time here.

Jun 06, 2015

To start off, whoever categorized this as SF clearly didn't pay much attention when reading the synopsis. This book is solidly in the "Supernatural Serial Killer" horror genre. Peter Straub, Stephen King et al. have exhausted all the tropes used in this book, including the central one of "sinister house with special powers".
The author has done some research into Chicago history and used it to flesh out her otherwise derivative story, and gratuitously updated the Straub/King style with contemporary levels of gore and brutality. Unlike her predecessors, she has chosen to paint her main characters in the broadest of stereotypical strokes, limiting any involvement on the part of the reader. Predictable at every turn of the plot, this book is probably a big hit only in Chicago, where some independent filmmaker is probably already lining up corporate sponsors and tax breaks.

KateHillier May 28, 2015

Great concept more than a great book, I think. Time travelling serial killer who is set to kill certain girls who 'shine' and one girl survives and makes it her job to track down her would be murder. Very interesting book concept but I found myself flipping through pages a bit quicker than normal. Could be because I read her next novel "Broken Monsters" first and I much preferred that one.

bubbagtr Mar 23, 2015

Very cool book, good read. Somewhat confusing, sad but also gripping with characters that get under your skin. The last 20 or 30 pages u're rooting hard, cinematic in scope, like you can see the movie playing out on the screen. Definitely worth checking out.

Dec 18, 2014

This was one of my favorite books of 2013. I got it for Christmas and couldn't put it down!

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