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THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE HUNTS THE KILLER WHO SHOULDN'T EXIST.

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.

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    Great conceit and suspenseful

    This book was pitched to me as one with a time-travelling serial killer, and that was enough for me. Harper is creepy, Kirby is a determined protagonist, and the magical safe house is fascinating to contemplate. I thought the execution of this book was a little mediocre, but the conceit makes up for it.

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    Great book!

    Sometimes hard to follow but a really interesting, intriguing read!

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    The Shining Girls

    Kept me intrigued but disappointed with the abrupt ending.

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    This was an excellent but difficult read. I found the premise to be fascinating but unlike Stephen King's 11/22/63 (similar premise -- a place tied to a time travel nexis) which seemed to flow naturally, this story bounced around a lot and was sometimes difficult to follow. Sometimes I was caught up more in the story of the other victims, rather than Kirby, who somehow manages to unravel the mystery of The shining girls.

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    An incredible novel by a supremely talented writer. The plot is gripping, and the ease with which Beukes shifts between writing about a 1930's Chicago and a 1990's setting is impressive. This is a title which I have already recommended to everyone I know, and will continue to do so. Hopefully we will be seeing much more of Beukes' writing soon.

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