November’s book: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

A relatively small group met to argue over Donna Tartt’s A Secret History. There were comparisons with Lord of the Flies; discussions on whether or not Julian ran away through fear or guilt; the whole Camilla/Charles dynamic; who we’d cast if there was ever a film made of the book.

The casting question opened up conversations about how we viewed Bunny in our mind. Various websites seem to cast him as a lithe good-looking young boy. In our minds, he was portly, a little squinty, and not good looking.

There was also conversations around when the book was set (we assumed the 80s since it seemed no one had ‘phones in their rooms and they still used operators. That and the copious amount of drugs) and how exactly the initial ritual was carried out (drink, drugs, sleep deprivation, all of the above)

A long book, that’s for sure. The group thought that it could probably have started around chapter 4 (since this was when the plot really got going). Noted for the future – long books not so great.

Consensus was, however, that is was an interesting read and pretty easy to plough through once you got going.

Next month’s book is: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (thank you London Book Club for the inspiration!)


“It’s not my fault. It’s yours. You shouldn’t shine. You shouldn’t make me do this.”

Chicago 1931. Harper Curtis, a violent drifter, stumbles on a house with a secret as shocking as his own twisted nature – it opens onto other times. He uses it to stalk his carefully chosen ‘shining girls’ through the decades – and cut the spark out of them.

He’s the perfect killer. Unstoppable. Untraceable. He thinks…

Chicago, 1992. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Tell that to Kirby Mazrachi, whose life was shattered after a brutal attempt to murder her. Still struggling to find her attacker, her only ally is Dan, an ex-homicide reporter who covered her case and now might be falling in love with her.

As Kirby investigates, she finds the other girls – the ones who didn’t make it. The evidence is … impossible. But for a girl who should be dead, impossible doesn’t mean it didn’t happen…

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