Finished it today as the pacing is so intense and I do read very quickly, also after Umberto Eco, it seemed to move faster than its predecessor. Two long bus journeys and a late night last night meant I finished the book this afternoon.
It is brilliant, a high concept but one grounded in character, reaction and tragedy. Lauren Beukes is a great writer, her exposition is smooth and seamless, her antagonist Harper is a more honest reflection of how serial killers actually are rather than they are portrayed in fiction and she brings out the palpable tragedy of women’s lives cut short rather than the sexualized corpse/punchline that seems to sum up so much of that style of book.
The Shining Girls deserves the praise it received and Lauren writes with a jagged, compassionate energy that made me cheer on Kirby and Dan until the clever, careful ending and epilogue.
Next up is The Right Hand of The Sun by Anita Mason which looks interesting.