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The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls

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Winner of the Best Horror Novel at the British Fantasy Awards 2014.

Breathtakingly chilling, this is written so convincingly the fact that there is a time-travelling serial killer seems completely plausible. Each chapter is headed with either the killer or the victim and then the date; it throws you a little to start, jumping around in time, then you fall in, the story grabs hold and refuses to let go. The author occasionally allows an insight towards her killer, a little understanding as to what has made him choose his ‘shining girls’, she even allows a softening, perhaps a little warmth before ripping your feet from under you again. At times graphic and gruesome, each word, each sentence feels essential; perhaps best not to read this in public though, as flinches, grimaces and yelps are likely companions.

Shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 2013.

CWA judges' comment: “The quirky fusion of the sci-fi and crime genres features a time-travelling surreal serial-killer, Harper, whose story begins as a drifter in prohibition-era Chicago. When Harper "steps into sometime else", murdering along the way, he meets his match in the contemporary figures of Kirby, an engaging young journalism intern, and her unlikely sidekick Dan, a burned-out sports writer. The author plays with the abstractions of time, change, decay, memory, and imagination with great assurance and originality.”

Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014.

One of our Books of the Year 2013.

If you like Lauren Beukes you might also like to read books by John Connolly, Michael Marshall and Stephen King.


The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The jaw-dropping, page-turning, critically-acclaimed book of the year: a serial-killer thriller unlike any other from the award-winning Lauren Beukes. 'GONE GIRL has not exactly gone. But THE SHINING GIRLS have arrived' (The Times). It's not my fault. It's yours. You shouldn't shine. You shouldn't make me do this. THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE Kirby is lucky she survived the attack. She is sure there were other victims were less fortunate, but the evidence she finds is ...impossible. HUNTING A KILLER WHO SHOULDN'T EXIST Harper stalks his shining girls through the years - and cuts the spark out of them. But what if the one that got away came back for him?


'A powerful thriller - imaginative, disturbing, tense, compelling reading'
The Times

'I'm all over it'
Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

'Brilliant. A book about the duel of two fabulously realized characters. A triumph'

'Clever story, smart prose'
Stephen King

'Extremely creepy'
Mail on Sunday ('Must Reads')

'Very smart, wholly original, completely kick-ass'
William Gibson

'Engrossing as it is original, as rewarding as it is challenging. Superb - a beautifully layered work of fiction. Take the time to read this, it's mesmerizing'

'Utterly original, beautifully written. This is something special'
Tana French, author of In The Woods

'Brilliant. Forget GONE GIRL, now it's all about THE SHINING GIRLS'

'Disturbing, smart and beautifully written'
Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus

'This year's must-read'

'A new kind of thriller. A dark, relentless, time-twisting, page-turning murder story. It shines'
Matt Haig, author of The Humans

About the Author

Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes is a novelist, TV scriptwriter, documentary maker, comics writer and occasional journalist.

She won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award for her novel Zoo City, set in a fantastical Johannesburg where guilt manifests as spirit animal familiars. Her previous works include Moxyland, a dystopian cyberpunk thriller set in Cape Town under corporate apartheid.

She helped create South Africa’s first half-hour animated TV show, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika, and has written kids animated shows for Disney UK and Millimages in France.

Author photo © Casey Crafford

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29th August 2013


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Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


416 pages


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