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…
"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)
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Completely awful characterisation.
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!
So much emotional value for your credit!
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.