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The Shining Girls: A Novel de Lauren Beukes
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The Shining Girls: A Novel (edició 2013)

de Lauren Beukes (Autor)

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"A time-traveling serial killer 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"--Publisher's web site.… (més)
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Títol:The Shining Girls: A Novel
Autors:Lauren Beukes (Autor)
Informació:Mulholland Books (2013), Edition: 1, 384 pages
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The Shining Girls de Lauren Beukes

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This was a rather gruesome book that I enjoyed a good bit, especially the last third of the book. I feel like I wanted there to be more of an explanation of the strange events that occur, but can live without it. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Well, at least I can say I've dipped my toe into the world of serial killer fiction though I don't when I'll have the stamina to revisit it. Still, this was interesting despite the usual hang-ups that accompany writing time travel. I'm looking forward to reading more of Beukes' work I have waiting in the ranks. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
1 Time-Traveling Serial Killer
1 Inexplicable and Convenient Wormhole Magic House
1 Time-Loop of Murders and Anachronistic Keepsakes
1 Weird Concept of "Shining" Girls who have Potential or Virtue or something messed-up like that
Too Many Grisly Murders
1 Escaped Would-Be Victim
1 Sacrificial Dog

1 Washed-Up Cranky Sports Journalist
1 Manipulative Newspaper Internship Used to Further:
1 Messed-Up Quest to Find the Killer
1 Weird and Inappropriate May/December Romantic Interest
Several Incompetent Police Officers
1 Junkie who Offers the Best Lead
1 Incredibly Unlucky Businessman ( )
1 vota Caramellunacy | Mar 10, 2021 |
Lauren Beukes first came to my attention thanks to William Gibson or maybe Cory Doctorow. Some great author who recommended her on Twitter. I picked up her first two books, Moxyland and Zoo City, and read Moxyland a few years ago. I liked it, but it definitely felt like Gibson’s sensibility filtered through a South African setting. On the other hand, The Shining Girls, her third novel and first for Mulholland Books, reads like Beukes striking out on her own and making a name for herself. The result is stunning, harrowing and immensely readable.

The Shining Girls follows the interlocking lives of two characters: Curtis Harper, who discovers a mysterious house that lets him travel in time as long as he murders the “shining girls” mapped out on the bedroom wall, and Kirby Mazrachi, one of Harper’s attempted murder victims who manages to survive and devotes her life to tracking him down. We are also treated to heartbreaking vignettes of the women Harper kills throughout the 20th century; every woman he murders is full of endless potential that he snuffs out by torturing them to death and mutilating their bodies.

Although time travel is part of the narrative, The Shining Girls feels more like a crime thriller than a scifi story. It helps that the story all takes part in the past – Kirby’s “present day” is the early nineties. The speculative elements exist mostly as plot devices and a way to build tension, and Beukes doesn’t spend much time explaining how Harper is able to do what he does. Beukes has a background in journalism, and it’s clear that a lot of research went into this novel. The women we meet throughout the story span multiple social classes, decades and races, and each one is carefully drawn in the short moments before she dies terribly.

My only criticism of the novel is that it feels like Kirby discovers the truth very late in the story, and after that point everything kicks into high gear until the ending. I would have liked to see a bit more of Kirby exploring the strange world of the house and its dangerous inhabitant. If nothing else, Beukes left me wanting more at the end, which is definitely a positive thing. My hope is that The Shining Girls is just the first of Beukes’ forays into crime/thriller writing. It’s a genre that suits her well. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 16, 2021 |
Gets good at the end, but takes its time getting there. It's still pretty solid though - Beukes' thumbnail sketches of "the girls" are really great. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
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Llewellyn, RobertCover photographerautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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"A time-traveling serial killer 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"--Publisher's web site.

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