For the rest of the year, we're counting down our top 10 favorite books of 2013 once a day, as voted in by the Darien librarians! Coming in at number 10: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. When Caroline selected it for You Are What You Read back in July, she said:
“I just devoured The Shining Girls over the weekend. It’s been recently compared to Gone Girl as a smart, engaging page-turner, but instead of a husband and wife plot, this one focuses on an actual serial killer. It also has a completely original approach to storytelling, which I will not give away as it becomes an integral aspect of the many twists and turns. We do learn quickly that the killer’s MO is to first harmlessly approach his victim, then return to her days or years later to finish the job. We follow both him, and his only survivor, Kirby, as she works to untangle his disturbing web of murders in hopes of solving her own. Just a warning! This book does get pretty graphic, in case you’re someone who tends to fast-forward those scenes on SVU.”
Stephanie has been known to describe this one as "part historical fiction, part Stephen King, all delightfully creepy." If you're looking for a great thriller, look no further!