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on 31 March 2017
Kirby Mazrachi survives a brutal attack and tries to hunt down her would-be murderer. Clues that it could be the work of a serial killer start to surface, except that the timelines of the other murders don't quite match up. Lauren Beukes reveals the reason and identity of the killer quite early on in this thriller, but that doesn't make this novel any less suspenseful as she leads the reader in Kirby's literal fight against time to apprehend the murderer as the events unfold in a non-sequential manner.
Beukes's writing is graphic, and the gruesome scenes are spine-chilling, but she is a notch above the usual writers of the genre with her literary style. Of course, that she blends SF in so seamlessly with her realist storytellling edges her out of the field in a spectacular way. The alternating narratives that feature Kirby and her killer also flesh out the motivations behind each character and his/her respective back story. Here, Beukes seems to be relying on tried and tested traits, like the influence of missing or failed father figures, impoverished backgrounds, and the failure of intimacy, to explain (away) deviant behaviours.
Nonetheless, the story grips you from start to finish and there is no let up. A riveting read.