Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review: THE SHINING GIRLS by Lauren Beukes

The Shining GirlsTHE SHINING GIRLS is a tantalising novel of time travel and serial killings where blood spills stickily red irrespective of time and place. As long as the light/glow of the shining girls is snuffed in the most violent of ways, the plot proceeds accordingly at a breakneck pace, leaping between the 1920's and 1990's with knife edge precision. For the killer, it's a life's work amounted to pain and suffering, all for the privilege of being able to step into a house and walk out into another time.

Author Lauren Beukes deftly portrays time travelling murder in a manner than maintains the continuity of plot; chapters read like days, logically progressed, not years between events as they actually are.

Kirby is a survivor, having nearly succumbed to the blade of the time travelling killer for being one of the shining girls, she embarks on a journalistic sojourn to undercover the truth behind her attack and bring her attempted murderer to justice years after the attack. Joined by a sports reporter, Dan, the duo canvas crimes spanning decades looking for answers - what they find is something neither had expected.  

I was really impressed with THE SHINING GIRLS. It's style was unique, the premise well executed and the wrighting simply addictive. Lauren Beukes is fast becomming my go-to author when I want to read something outside the norm that still satisfies my crime fiction urges.

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