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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren Beukes Narrator: Jay Snyder, Dani Cervone, Joshua Boone, Jenna Hellmuth, Khristine Hvam, Peter Ganim Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781611132687
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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 who covered her case, Dan Velasquez. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Lauren Beukes is Jeff Noon crossed with Raymond Chandler. Paul Cornell
  • The world Beukes has invented is both eerily familiar and creepily different. Cosmopolitan
  • An extremely promising writer. Cory Doctorow
  • Lauren Beukes is very, *very* good. William Gibson
  • Intriguing characters and big ideas. GQ, on Moxyland
  • Beukes's energetic noir crackles with original ideas. Jeff Vandermeer
  • “A mind-melting, heart-pounding mashup that delivers on its promise.”

    Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Creepy, trippy, and entirely engrossing.”


  • “Astonishing.”


  • “Intriguing...Beukes deals with slightly surreal things in very real ways.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[Beukes is] so profusely talented—capable of wit, darkness, and emotion on a single page—that a blockbuster seems inevitable....The Shining Girls marks her arrival as a major writer of popular fiction.”

    USA Today

  • “A grisly crime thriller meets sci-fi action meets historical fiction in a wildly inventive summer page-turner.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “One of the scariest and best-written thrillers of the year, not to mention the most memorable portrait of a serial killer since Henry H. Holmes in....Erik Larson’s 2003 nonfiction bestseller The Devil in the White City.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A haunting, suspenseful meditation on fate and free will…In less assured hands, the two narrative strains might clash, but Beukes finds a way to make the hardboiled crime and science fiction tropes complement each other. Much of the novel’s power comes from the way Beukes faithfully portrays the women who fatefully encounter Harper Curtis.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A triumph...The smart and spunky Kirby Mizrachi is as exciting to follow as any in recent genre fiction ...Each chapter in which [Harper] appears holds a reader’s attention, especially the sharply described murder scenes—some of which read as much like starkly rendered battlefield deaths out of Homer as forensic reconstructions of terrible crimes…This book means business.”


  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • Finalist for the 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award
  • Winner of the 2014 British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel
  • A 2013 CWA Gold Dagger Nominee
  • A 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Nominee
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About the Author
Author Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics and screenplays. She’s the author of the critically-acclaimed international best-seller, The Shining Girls, about a time traveling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir which won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, the neo political thriller, Moxyland. She wrote the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom and the Vertigo Comics horror series, Survivor’s Club. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

About the Narrators

Edoardo Ballerini, an American writer, director, film producer, and actor, has won many awards for his audiobook narration. Within only a few years after beginning his narrating career, he won several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work and has since won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. He has narrated two hundred audiobooks, from classics to modern masters, from bestsellers to the inspirational, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to spine-tingling series, and much more. In television and film, he is best known for his roles in The Sopranos, 24, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dinner Rush and Romeo Must Die. He is also trained in theater and continues to do much work on stage.

Dani Cervone has performed in The Children’s Hour, The Sons of Molly Maguire, and a one-act festival in the New York City. She has also toured nationally with The National Theater for Children and Chamber Theater Productions. Some of her favorite roles have been the title role in Educating Rita, Sally in Charlie Brown, and Helen in The Cripple of Inishmaan. She holds a BA in theater from the University of Northern Colorado and lives in New York City.

Khristine Hvam has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie for best narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokémon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.

Peter Ganim, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an American actor who has appeared on stage, on television, and in film. He has performed voice-over work since 1994.