The Shining Girls 2
- Crime & Mystery
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- HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
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A thriller with a twist
Author Lauren Beukes new novel 'The Shining Girls' is a science fiction thriller. It tells of Harper Curtis a serial killer who time travels to his victims earlier in life and returns to complete the killing of the shining girls. But his plans are foiled when the last of them (Kirby) survives and sets herself on a mission to find the killer.
Shining girls incorporates many themes, and was a surprising twist, however I did feel that it was lacking detail in certain areas. The investigation into finding Curtis could have been explained in better detail as could why he was completing these brutal attacks or why the girls shined to him. Not as gripping a thriller as I usually like, but still a good read.
If Doctor Who was a serial Killer
A fast and grizzly time travelling thriller that takes the best of Jo Nesbo style serial killers (think The Snowman)and mixes it with Doctor Who time travelling.
Our hero, Kirby, must try to stop a killer who has discovered a way to travel through time. When his attempt on her life fails, she is once again in his sights and must race to stop him from trying again. Using clues from the murderer's past kills, Kirby must discover his identity and end his reign of terror. But our killer is crafty and with each kill his confidence grows and his ability to blend into the time stream becomes more seamless.
There's something about this concept that I loved. A time travelling assasin, a future victim fighting for her own survival. But, sadly I felt the ending was unsatisfying and the sci fi elements took a back seat to the bloody killing. It could be said that in trying to be both murder/sci fi it didn't do enough justice to either genre to please fans.