Friday, 21 June 2013
THE SHINING GIRLS
This book was sold to me as a thriller about a man who uses a time-travelling house to stalk and kill special 'shining' girls across the decades.
In actual fact, this is not a thrilling story about a man who uses a time-travelling house to hunt and kill girls across fifty years. This is a series of graphic descriptions of brutal murders alongside very long and very dull character descriptions, with some bullshit about a time-travelling house thrown in to distract the reader from the fact that there is no story here. Because there isn't. There isn't any characterisation either. Actually, no, that's not true. There's a lot, just of the wrong characters. The girls that Harper kills are over-developed. Harper, Kirby and Dan, the main characters that survive until the final chapters, have nothing going on at all. I found this book intolerable and I will happily never think about it again.