One of the most exciting releases of 2013 is Lauren Beukes’ third novel, “The Shining Girls”, due to be released on April in the UK by HarperCollins and on June in the US by Mulholland Books. I’ve seen a lot of crossing between speculative and noir fiction lately and the results were pretty attractive so far. However, knowing the potential showed in the previous novel, “Zoo City”, I believe that Lauren Beukes and “The Shining Girls” have something very special to offer. I still need to catch up with “Moxyland”, the debut novel of Lauren Beukes, but although I am not certain I would manage that in time for the release of “The Shining Girls” I still can enjoy the book’s interesting and catchy trailer until then.
The Time Traveler's Wife meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in this story of a time-traveling serial killer who is impossible to trace--until one of his victims survives.
In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back.
Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery.
THE SHINING GIRLS is a masterful twist on the classic serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing girl in pursuit of a deadly criminal.