The bit on the back…
THE GIRL WHO WOULDN’T DIE
Kirby is lucky she survived the attack. She is sure there were other victims less fortunate, but the evidence she finds is…impossible.
HUNTING A KILLER WHO SHOULDN’T EXIST
Harper stalks his shining girls through the years – and cuts the spark out of them. But what if the one that got away came back for him?
I am definitely a chick-lit till I die kind of girl. I’ve read two crime-ish books in my lifetime but when a friend tweeted about the Cosmopolitan magazine book club looking for budding book bloggers (cue me) I counted myself in straight away. This was the first book - The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. Lorna told me it was supposed to be awesome. My only other run ins with novels from the crime genre have been James Patterson books which I couldn’t take to at all so I was so unsure if I would even get into this. Turns out I did though – and loved it!
The story, based in Chicago throughout the 1900s, follows main character Kirby as she tries to track down the man, Harper, who attacked her, with the intent to kill. He didn’t quite manage it though and now she’s out to find him. Piecing together evidence from other murder cases through the decades and using connections built up through an internship with a Chicago newspaper she sets off on what seems like a wild goose chase to hunt him down.
Kirby is feisty, and challenges everything that crosses her path, made that way after the attack that left her fighting for her life. Her sheer determination pulled her through then though and is now carrying her through the ordeal of trying to find her attacker. With the help of sport reporter Dan she starts to investigate other femicides looking for similarities between those cases and hers. What she does find seems so impossible she starts to doubt herself the way everyone else has been.
Harper - hunter, killer - murders girls who have the potential to shine before they have the chance to realise it. The gruesome lengths he goes to are a bit hard to take at times and makes for an easy to hate character. He always seems to get some sort of comeuppance though which makes it a bit more bearable.
The story flows around both of the characters, showcasing their link to each other. It will have you between being on the brink of tears and hanging on to the edge of the seat. If you’re new to the crime/thriller genre this is a good choice for you. Although definitely not a typical romance novel there is some in there just to add to the fabulousness of it all!
When I put this book down, after finally finding enough me-reading-time I am pretty sure my jaw was hanging down. I was like – wow, totally stunned by the sheer imagination of the story. Seriously well done to Lauren.