The jaw-dropping, page-turning, critically-acclaimed book of the year: a serial-killer thriller unlike any other from the award-winning Lauren Beukes. `GONE GIRL has not exactly gone. But THE SHINING GIRLS have arrived' (The Times)."It's not my fault. It's yours. You shouldn't shine. You shouldn't make me do this."THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIEKirby is lucky she survived the attack. She is sure there were other victims were less fortunate, but the evidence she finds is ... impossible.HUNTING A KILLER WHO SHOULDN'T EXISTHarper stalks his shining girls through the years - and cuts the spark out of them. But what if the one that got away cameback for him?
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Travel through time with a serial killer called Harper. The chapters are linear only in that they follow Harper as he kills people at different times between the 1930's and the mid-1990's. And in-between we follow Kirby, one of Harper's victims who managed to survive.
It is a thriller like I've not read before. Well written, characters I can empathise with, hate but be fascinated by and a page turner. I simply had to know how it all fit together and how it ended.
Lauren Beukes did a great job of the settings also. She was able to pinpoint the specific differences in each timeframe in Chicago to allow the reader to keep up with the shifts in time. She kept the story moving forward even though the time period moved backward. She provided plenty of clues to enable the reader not to get confused.
And I loved Kirby, the female protagonist. She's plucky yet vulnerable because of what happened to her but she never gives up.
If you love a good murder mystery with a difference, I highly recommend this one.
`A powerful thriller - imaginative, disturbing, tense, compelling reading' The Times`I'm all over it' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl`Brilliant. A book about the duel of two fabulously realized characters. A triumph' Independent`Clever story, smart prose' Stephen King`Extremely creepy' Mail on Sunday (`Must Reads')`Very smart, wholly original, completely kick-ass' William Gibson`Engrossing as it is original, as rewarding as it is challenging. Superb - a beautifully layered work of fiction. Take the time to read this, it's mesmerizing' Sun`Utterly original, beautifully written. This is something special' Tana French, author of In The Woods`Brilliant. Forget GONE GIRL, now it's all about THE SHINING GIRLS' Observer`Disturbing, smart and beautifully written' Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus`This year's must-read' Stylist`A new kind of thriller. A dark, relentless, time-twisting, page-turning murder story. It shines' Matt Haig, author of The Humans
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 29th August 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.3