Book Review: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes


Title: The Shining Girls

By: Lauren Beukes

Genre: Thriller

Pages: 368

Release Date: June 4th, 2013

Publisher: Mulholland Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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. Curtis 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 a former homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby races against time and reason to unravel an impossible mystery.


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I had a hard time getting into this book. Not sure if it was the odd time traveling or the weird characters themselves, but the story didn't flow or catch my interest like I opened it would.

Every chapter I read about Harper, the psycho killer, was cringe and super creepy. It gave me prickles down my spine, and not the good kind. The kind that makes your butthole pucker and gives you nightmares. On the other hand, Kirby was smart and headstrong. Her chapters were enjoyable.

I can't say that I loved this book, but what I can say is this author can write well, they just need to focus their story more on one character and not jump around so much.

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