|The Shining Girls: by Lauren Beukes|
What better way to kick off October than to read a totally freaky thriller, right? This book will have you on the edge of your seat all the way to the last page. And it will definitely creep you out!
Without spoiling too much, the book is about a serial killer who can time travel. He stumbles upon a house that will let him exit in whatever year that he chooses. He starts living in the house, and killing in different years. Sometimes even killing someone in one year, and depositing the body in another. However, he's limited to an approximately 60 year span, which just adds to the mystery. And I'll warn you, it's pretty gruesome at times, but if you've read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this book isn't that bad.
The story is told jumping from timeline to timeline, and told from different character's points of view. Amazingly though, it wasn't that hard to follow. Thankfully, she kept the two significant timelines (the serial killer's and the woman who is tracking him down) pretty linear, and this helped quite a bit.
The book really begins to pick up steam when one of his victims escapes, and then teams up with a retired journalist to try to track him down. Although some of the plot lines are a bit cliche, the element of time travel makes it wholly fresh and unpredictable. It gives the killer a level of power that is really frightening.
I couldn't read this book before bed, because I'm a big 'ol chicken, but I still got through it very quickly because I didn't want to put it down. It's shelved under science fiction, but I'm not sure the element of time travel in the book is explained enough to warrant the "science" part. It's more fantasy really. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of thrillers! Read it as the days get shorter, and All Hallows Eve approaches!