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The Shining Girls review Ù 3 ✓ A time traveling serial killer is impossible to trace – until one of his victims survivesIn 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 He stalks them through their lives acrosHat opens on to other times But it comes at a cost He has to kill the shining girls bright young women burning with potential He stalks them through their. This book is weird The climax features a one sided snowball fight And it’s about a time traveling serial killer It’s weird It’s also not very good The Shining Girls is a book of parts and some parts work some parts don’t Each chapter focuses on a person and a time Harper the time traveling serial killer spends most of his chapters in the Great Depression Era plotting escapades to the future to kill “shining girls” The other main character is Kirby a shining girl from the early 90s who survives Harper’s homicide attempt She partners with Dan—a loveable Chicago Sun Times reporter who was my favorite character—to catch her killer If a chapter title read Kirby 24 June 1992 I would read with gusto If a chapter title read Harper 18 January 1932 I’d groan and settle in for an unenjoyable chapter It’s problematic when you don’t want to read any of the antagonist’s boring tedious and repetitive chapters since they amount to than half the bookI picked this book up after hearing the phrase “time traveling serial killer” But Lauren Beukes doesn’t sufficiently develop either of these ideas The time travel seems like a gimmick Harper finds a House with a Room full of objects and names of shining girls he will kill decades in the future He can walk out of this House into a different time to hunt these women I don’t really understand the House or the rules of time traveling here Harper often loops his own narrative hopping from a later time to an earlier time with seemingly no conseuences Structurally the time traveling is difficult to follow As I said each chapter is headed with the character’s name and the date but when I’m reading fast and the chapters are short I lose track of “when” I am in the text The intricacies of Harper’s sojourns back and forth through Chicago were lost on me And since we jump from past to future events are spoiled long before they ever happen Beukes could have used this foreknowledge to create great dramatic irony and tension but the way she used it only lessened my appreciation of the narrative I knew what was going to happen but I wasn’t pushed to fear what was going to happen A linear narrative would not have worked for this story but—if this makes any sense—I would have appreciated a linear non linear story As a serial killer story it fails as well Why do I read murder novels To attempt to understand a killer’s motivations To admire the tenacity of a victim Or to empathize with the devastation of a victim To figure out whodunit Yet all of that was absent here For the excess of Harper chapters I suffered through I still don’t understand him as a person Unlike many popular serial killers Harper is neither charming nor horrifying; he merely kills Kirby is a likeable protagonist but her motivation to find her killer is the most striking aspect of her character Not much else defines her And while this story is a mystery to Kirby it is never a mystery to the reader who knows the killer and his secrets from the first page One thing that impressed me about The Shining Girls was Beukes’s research Chicago is an important part of this novel The time and characters may change but Chicago remains constant The research is impeccably detailed and thus Chicago breathes with life But as I’ve noticed with other historical novels especially those set in bright American metropolises during sumptuous eras the author can become indulgent with the depth of her research There’s too much here It’s too referential Often it feels like a famous Chicago landmark is alluded to merely because the author had seen it in her research And despite all the research I’m surprised by the way the dates are written in the chapter headings Perhaps it’s an editorial error but the dates are written in

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A time traveling serial killer is impossible to trace – until one of his victims survivesIn Depression era Chicago Harper Curtis finds a key to a house t. Here's the thing about this book it is a mash up of many different genres and while the execution was perfectly fine I felt none of them were showcased in a way that was particularlyoutstandingA breakdown of some of the different elements this book tries to incorporate along with a few thoughts on eachTime travel the jumps in timeline in this book involve a weird house in Chicago in the 1930s It shows Harper Curtis all the girls he's yet to kill and allows him to slip in and out of different periods to spy on have brief cryptic interactions with and eventually kill his victims That's basically as much explanation you'll get I didn't necessarily mind this at first even though a little detail might've been nice I'm not really sure why time travel was used in this book however it added so little by way of the coolnessinterest factors that you could have taken out this plot device entirely and the book would have been pretty much the same animal The House's presence confuses me greatly is this supposed to be a this place'll drive you crazy thing a la The Shining Serial killer Those girls shine to Harper oh they do But why Although I appreciate that this isn't a panting pervy book we're not given enough reasons why these girls shine to him Serial killers especially ones patient enough to wait so long before acting on their desires are often methodical creatures of habit whose insatiable impulses do have rhyme and reason at least to the killers What's triggering Harper Something is and yet I never felt like I understood what made one girl call out to him over another And when so much of the book takes place from his POV it's a problem if you don't understand him to some degreeThere are a few moments that bordered on the uncomfortable but this story doesn't really commit fully to exploring or even showing us the twisted psychology of a man fixated on stalking little girls from their childhood Yeah there are scenes that may shock you if you don't readwatch a lot of thrillers but it's all pretty dispassionately displayed Like THERE now there are entrails on the floor see those Harper pulled those out Now he's going to move on and you should tooHorrorThriller Tension This book could have used of itHistorical detail I suppose there must have been historical markers for the different time periods but I can tell you that a few weeks after finishing it I don't remember a single oneVictim POVhuman interest This is the part that's supposed to make you sympathetic and provide a human element to this story Kirby one of the girls he preyed upon made it out alive She's investigating her would be killer in the year 1989 and the even accepting the freedom and tools she has to do it it all pretty much amounts to nothing view spoilerbecause the killer comes to find her hide spoiler

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The Shining GirlsLives across different eras leaving anachronistic clues on their bodies until in 1989 one of his victims Kirby Mazrachi survives and starts hunting him bac. There's a lot for me to love about this book1 The main character Kirby is fantastic She is a survivor literally independent courageous and determined a bit of a smart ass with a smart mouth But she's no mere Mary Sue possessing vulnerabilities and flaws that make her uniuely Kirby and nobody else I found her funny and totally sympathetic uite honestly the entire novel pivots around her Without her the intricate house of cards the author builds would collapse in on itself at the slightest shift 2 The villain Harper is a skeevy creepy predator a wholly horrific construct of misogyny and homicidal tendencies There isn't much depth or nuance to this guy he's just a walking talking body of hedonistic impulses and demented desires We don't get any personal history for him or why he should have become what he's become We know some of his twisted motivations derive from the magical ualities of the House but not all of them You could even argue that the House sees the evil in him and draws Harper to itself 3 It's about time travel in that tangly mind fuck way that makes my brain itch a pleasant buzz but one with bite The mechanics of the time travel are not explained or explored in the ways they usually are in a sci fi novel The time travel just exists There is a House that holds the magic and its door opens onto different years of the same city anywhere from the 1930s to the 1990s It's this House that allows for a time traveling serial killer and for that uniue premise alone the book deserves a second look What can I say This book has a lot going for it and I liked it I liked it a lot But not once did I love it I was intrigued I played along with the mystery of the time travel fitting pieces together where I could and trying not to get too caught up in the logic faulty or otherwise While Kirby stood out bright as the sun as one of the Shining Girls the rest of Harper's victims feel underdeveloped by comparison almost throwaways mere plot devices It was hard not to get them mixed up with each other I also felt a tad underwhelmed by Kirby's hunt of her attempted killer The uncovering and following of clues felt clunky a cobbled together hodge podge process where results are based on luck and coincidence than real groundwork and actual hunting This is largely a plot driven piece and if puzzles and the snake eating its own tail nature of time travel appeals to you then definitely check this out As I was reading it I was struck by its cinematic ualities and won't be surprised if The Shining Girls gets optioned for the big screen This review is also posted to Busty Book Bimbo