The Shining Girls

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Published Jan. 23, 2013

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The Shining Girls is a novel by South African author Lauren Beukes. The book centers on a mysterious drifter who murders the titular "shining girls" and one victim's attempts to expose him.The Shining Girls was published on 15 April 2013 by the Umuzi imprint of Random House Struik in South Africa, on 25 April 2013 by HarperCollins in the United Kingdom, and on 4 June 2013 by Mulholland Books in the United States. HarperCollins had won the international rights to the book in a bidding war with several other publishers.Unlike her previous novels, which are set in South Africa, The Shining Girls takes place in Chicago. Beukes said that because the story steps back and forth through history, she felt South Africa would not be a suitable setting because "then it would become an Apartheid story". Beukes added that race issues appear frequently in her work, but "Apartheid would have …

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I read this because I loved the HBO adaptation, and I found it really disappointing. It’s written in a noir-ish, pulpy style as a serial killer whodunnit, without the elements added for the show that I think made it interesting. If choosing between the two, watch the TV series instead.

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