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The Shining Girls: A Novel

The Shining Girls: A Novel

ISBN: 0316216852

Title: The Shining Girls: A Novel

Author: Lauren Beukes

KDL Description:


“If you’re like me and you enjoy being somewhat creeped out, I highly recommend The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.  The novel revolves around a house that opens to different times in the history of Chicago.  The man at the center of the story is a killer, and the house allows him to snuff out the lives of what he calls his shining girls.  He manages to kill several women across time, but one young woman in the 1980s survives and makes it her job to search for the man that left her for dead.”—Julia at KDL’s Service Center

Amazon Description:


The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.”

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 the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He’s the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-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 ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

THE SHINING GIRLS is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.