Carlene Moore on The Shining Girls: Dark, Unique and Totally Addicting
I need to come clean about something: I love the television show Law & Order. Something about the mystery, the chase and the justice just ropes me in. Because I indulge in the show now and again (okay, all the time), I am a little immune to disturbing serial killer stories. With that said, even I found The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes a bit dark. With that said, I couldn’t put it down.
The novel primarily focuses on two main characters – a time travelling serial killer and his one victim who got away. If novels could have babies, this would be the product of The Time Traveler’s Wife and the serial killer parts of Devil in the White City sharing a few too many drinks.
Although the serial killer time travels, it’s not the phenomenon that the book focuses on. After a few chapters, the reader just comes to see his ability to time travel as another one of his traits, such as that he has a limp. Though the time traveling upped the suspense stakes, it didn’t take me into a sci-fi ulterior universe.
As the serial killer skips from decade to decade, chasing down chosen girls who shine with potential, Kirby, his victim who got away, tries to track down the man who left her for dead. As both race to their intertwined destinies, the reader gets to jump from one perspective to the next, enjoying every bump of the wild ride.
Set in the city of Chicago over the course of many decades, if you have ever lived or spent considerable time in Chicago, then you’ll love the history discussed in this book. The author did a wonderful job considering how someone from the Depression Era would see the city in the 1990s. Having grown up in Chicago, her historical knowledge and imagination delighted me.
Although some scenes were a bit graphic, the book is a page-turner that will keep you rooting for the “good guys” until the end. If you aren’t big on serial killers, steer clear, but if a good chase gets your blood pumping, then dive in!
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Wantrepreneur, wife, adventurer, blogger, wine drinker, avid traveler…in no particular order. Carlene Moore is a Midwestern brain with a California soul. Follow her on Twitter @EverMooreMilest and read her blog here.
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