Ã??Ã?Â¢??The girl who wouldnÃ??Ã?Â¢??t die hunts the killer who shouldÃ??Ã?Â¢??t exist.Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã??Ã?Â¢??
Harper Curtis, a Depression-era drifter, stumbles upon a mysterious house that allows him to time-travel. But thereÃ??Ã?Â¢??s a catch, he can only do so by murdering the Ã??Ã?Â¢??shining girls.Ã??Ã?Â¢?? Kirby Mazrachi is the last girl on his list. She wasnÃ??Ã?Â¢??t supposed to survive HarperÃ??Ã?Â¢??s initial attack, but she did. He wonÃ??Ã?Â¢??t make that mistake the second time around.
Part of the story follows HarperÃ??Ã?Â¢??s journey as he time-travels from the 1920s through the 1980s, murdering his Ã??Ã?Â¢??shining girlsÃ??Ã?Â¢?? to satisfy the needs of his bloodthirsty house. HeÃ??Ã?Â¢??s the perfect killer, jumping into these Ã??Ã?Â¢??shining girlsÃ??Ã?Â¢?? lives, waiting for the opportune moment to strike, and vanishing into another time period after each murder.
The other part of the story follows Kirby who becomes thoroughly invested in finding her would-be killer and bringing him to justice. By joining the Chicago Sun-Times and working with Dan Velasquez, the ex-homicide reported who covered her case, the two of them begin to uncover the impossible truth of the connecting murders committed over sixty years.
The question becomes: will it be Harper or Kirby that reaches the answer to their problem first?
This genre-bending novel definitely kept my attention by putting a twist on both the serial killer and time-traveling genres. By combining elements of a horrifying crime thriller with a historical fiction and a sci-fi story, this novel stand on its own in originality.
My views on time-travel have forever changed because of this story. No longer is time travel some romantic notion in my mind. When the ability is given to the wrong person, it suddenly becomes a terrifying prospect.
The more actioned-packed thriller parts of the story worked extremely well. I had to continually look up from the book during those parts to remind myself that I, thankfully, was not in the story. Specifically, the final scenes where Harper and Kirby meet up again do not disappoint. It read like the climactic end scene in Thomas HarrisÃ??Ã?Â¢??s The Silence of the Lambs. My heart was pounding with fear and adrenaline, but I couldnÃ??Ã?Â¢??t tear my eyes away from the pages.
There were parts of the story, however, that were hard to follow, particularly in regard to HarperÃ??Ã?Â¢??s bloodthirsty house. The house had a voice of its own, egging on Harper to commit the murders. Since the details surrounding this house werenÃ??Ã?Â¢??t explained, it kind of just made Harper seem insane or schizophrenic.
I understood the need for a certain mystery to surround the house for the bulk of the story, but I expected to understand more by the end. These two big questionsÃ??Ã?Â¢??why did the house allow for time travel when connected to murder? and why did these particular girls shine?Ã??Ã?Â¢??were never answered. It left me feeling disappointed in the bloodthirsty house, for I didnÃ??Ã?Â¢??t get the closure and answers I wanted.
The mashing together of these genres produced an interested read. I really wanted to give this book five stars, as the premise is so intriguing, but those unanswered questions and confusions surrounding the bloodthirsty house made me end up giving it 4 stars.
But you should definitely still check out this book, especially if you enjoy either thrillers, mysteries, or time traveling stories. Be ready for an engaging ride!show more
by Eunice Leong