Published May 2013
A killer, who shouldn’t exist.
A girl, who shouldn’t have lived.
A thriller, which breaks all the boundaries…
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…
But what if death comes back to try again?
Chicago, 1931. Harper is a man out of time – yet with all the time in the world to stalk and kill his ‘shining girls’. The objects he lays by their violated bodies are more than just clues: they are the glittering threads of his obsession, a web of sick satisfaction glowing through the years.
But these things have to be right. And if a girl lived to tell the tale, well, that would have to be fixed.
Chicago, 1992. Kirby knows there’s something strange about the man who nearly killed her – aside from being a violent psychopath. Rejected by those who should help her, she searches for the others, the girls who didn’t make it.
What Kirby finds is… impossible. Murders scattered across the decades, accompanied by totally contradictory evidence. But for a girl who should be dead, impossible doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
Beukes’s new novel features the greatest time-traveling serial killer. I’m a fan of hers…[she’s] got an intriguing style of dealing with slightly surreal things in very real ways. I’m all over it.