Tag: Lauren Beukes

KokkieH Reviews Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
Cover illustration by Joey Hi-Fi
Publisher: http://www.jacana.co.za

Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things.  But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheque, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job – missing persons.

Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell’s undertow.

Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she’ll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives, including her own. – Book description on cover

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KokkieH Reviews The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls - Lauren BeukesThe Shining Girls by South African author Lauren Beukes revolves around Harper Curtis, a drifter in Chicago’s Hooverville in 1931.  Harper is on the run after killing a man when he finds the key to The House.  He discovers that the house allows him to step into other times and in the bedroom upstairs there are names written on the wall; names of girls that he stalks through time, his shining girls.

In 1989 one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and with the help of Dan Velasquez, a burned-out homicide reported who had covered her case, starts to investigate a number of brutal murders scattered through the decades, convinced that they are somehow connected to the attempt on her life. Continue reading “KokkieH Reviews The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes”