The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes audiobook

The Shining Girls: A Novel

By Lauren Beukes
Read by Jay Snyder , Joshua Boone , Dani Cervone , Jenna Hellmuth , Khristine Hvam , and Peter Ganim

Mulholland Books 9780316216852
10.55 Hours Unabridged
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A masterful twist on the serial killer novel from the award-winning author Lauren Beukes: the girl who wouldn't die hunts the killer who shouldn't exist. 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 these shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing without a trace into another time after each murder -- 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 reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on an impossible truth . . .

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2014 British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel

Finalist for the 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

A 2013 CWA Gold Dagger Nominee

A 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Nominee

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

A masterful twist on the serial killer novel from the award-winning author Lauren Beukes: the girl who wouldn't die hunts the killer who shouldn't exist. 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 these shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing without a trace into another time after each murder -- 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 reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on an impossible truth . . .

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

I loved THE SHINING GIRLS. It really is a new kind of thriller, sitting somewhere between The Time Traveller's Wife and The Silence of The Lambs. A dark, relentless, time-twisting, page-turning murder story guaranteed to give you heart palpitations. It shines. Matt Haig, author of The Radleys
"The premise is pure Stephen King, but Beukes gives it an intricate, lyrical treatment all her own."—Time
"One of the summer's hottest books."—Wired.com
"Very smart...completely kick-ass. Beukes' handling of the joints between the realistic and the fantastic is masterful, and those are always my favorite parts, in this kind of story. Not the weirdness (which is itself superb here, and very ample) but the segue to it. The liminal instant."—William Gibson
One of the scariest and best-written thrillers of the year, not to mention the most memorable portrait of a serial killer since Henry H. Holmes in....Erik Larson's 2003 nonfiction bestseller The Devil in the White City. Chicago Sun-Times
"Intriguing...Beukes deals with slightly surreal things in very real ways. I'm all over it."—Gillian Flynn, O magazine
"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
[Beukes is] so profusely talented - capable of wit, darkness, and emotion on a single page - that a blockbuster seems inevitable....The Shining Girls marks her arrival as a major writer of popular fiction. USA Today
"A grisly crime thriller meets sci-fi action meets historical fiction in a wildly inventive summer page-turner."—Entertainment Weekly
"A triumph ... [T]he smart and spunky Kirby Mizrachi is as exciting to follow as any in recent genre fiction ... [E]ach chapter in which [Harper] appears holds a reader's attention, especially the sharply described murder scenes - some of which read as much like starkly rendered battlefield deaths out of Homer as forensic reconstructions of terrible crimes ... This book means business."—NPR.org
Unreservedly recommended."—Joe Hill
"A tremendous work of suspense fiction. What's more, it's a fabulous piece of both time-travel and serial killer fiction, using the intersection of those two themes to explore questions of free will, predestination, and causality in a mind-melting, heart-pounding mashup that delivers on its promise."—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
“It’s the black-hole version of The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
One of the best crime books of the decade! (CrimeReads)—-
“A mind-melting, heart-pounding mashup that delivers on its promise.” Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author
“Creepy, trippy, and entirely engrossing.” Parade
“Astonishing.” Time
“Intriguing...Beukes deals with slightly surreal things in very real ways.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“A grisly crime thriller meets sci-fi action meets historical fiction in a wildly inventive summer page-turner.” Entertainment Weekly
“[Beukes is] so profusely talented—capable of wit, darkness, and emotion on a single page—that a blockbuster seems inevitable....The Shining Girls marks her arrival as a major writer of popular fiction.” USA Today
“One of the scariest and best-written thrillers of the year, not to mention the most memorable portrait of a serial killer since Henry H. Holmes in....Erik Larson’s 2003 nonfiction bestseller The Devil in the White City.” Chicago Sun-Times
“A haunting, suspenseful meditation on fate and free will…Beukes finds a way to make the hardboiled crime and science fiction tropes complement each other. Much of the novel’s power comes from the way Beukes faithfully portrays the women who fatefully encounter Harper Curtis.” San Francisco Chronicle
“A triumph...The smart and spunky Kirby Mizrachi is as exciting to follow as any in recent genre fiction ...Each chapter in which [Harper] appears holds a reader’s attention, especially the sharply described murder scenes—some of which read as much like starkly rendered battlefield deaths out of Homer as forensic reconstructions of terrible crimes…This book means business.” NPR.org

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Author

Author Bio: Lauren Beukes

Author Bio: Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics and screenplays. She’s the author of the critically-acclaimed international best-seller, The Shining Girls, about a time traveling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir which won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, the neo political thriller, Moxyland. She wrote the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom and the Vertigo Comics horror series, Survivor’s Club. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English