on June 4th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, General, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths, Historical, Occult & Supernatural, Contemporary Women
Reading Challenges: 2016 Horror Reading Challenge
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THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE HUNTS THE KILLER WHO SHOULDN'T EXIST.
The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own."
Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.
Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.
At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.
Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .
THE SHINING GIRLS is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.
The Shining Girls is a time-traveling thriller about a serial killer hunted by “the one who got away.” Harper Curtis stumbles upon the biggest prize when he discovers a building that allows him to travel through time. The only catch? He must kill a series of girls who “shine” when he sees them. The only thing to guide him is the house telling him where to go by a series of trinkets from each other the victims. Harper finds the women when they’re little girls, and goes to reclaim them for the house once they’ve all grown up. Each time he kills he leaves his “Shining Girls” a present, while taking a trophy to bestow on his next victim.
Kirby Mazrachi is the only victim to ever survive Harper’s ruthless embrace. Determined to catch her would-be killer, Kirby becomes an intern at The Chicago Sun-Times to work with the former homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez. Dan was the man who covered her case, and the only one still willing to talk to her about it. As the story progresses, Kirby ends up on a collision course with Harper, who’s determined to tie up loose ends once and for all.
I really enjoyed this novel. The time jumping was a bit weird, but also reminded me a bit of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, which I read in December. Both Harper and Kirby were interesting characters, and I enjoyed the cat and mouse game they played. I also really enjoyed the mystery author Lauren Beukes set up with the time traveling house, and how all of the time jumps connect. In the end, The Shining Girls is a novel I’m still contemplating. I recommend this novel to readers interested in mystery, suspense, and horror.