It doesn’t come any grimmer, grittier or more imaginative than this.
For those as yet unfamiliar with the audacious premise of award-winning novelist Lauren Beukes’s latest literary endeavour, here it is.
In 1931, at the height of the Great Depression, psychopathic hobo Harper Curtis discovers a wormhole in time in a residential home (ostensibly derelict) in Chicago’s rundown Englewood district. Here this depraved misanthrope, with his penchant for ultra-violence (and predilection for inflicting it through vicious, gory disembowelments and throat-slitting) not only finds safe harbour; he is also confronted by his murderous destiny: a room with a list of women’s names rewritten many times in his own hand and a collection of ghoulish trinkets plucked from his hapless, preordained female victims – the “shining girls” of the novel’s title.
- The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
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