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Lauren Beukes is a novelist, TV scriptwriter, documentary maker, comics writer and occasional journalist. She won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award for her novel Zoo City, set in a fantastical Johannesburg where guilt manifests as spirit animal familiars. Her previous works include Moxyland, a dystopian cyberpunk thriller set in Cape Town under corporate apartheid. She helped create South Africa's first half-hour animated TV show, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika, and has written kids animated shows for Disney UK and Millimages in France.
`A powerful thriller - imaginative, disturbing, tense, compelling reading' The Times `I'm all over it' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl `Brilliant. A book about the duel of two fabulously realized characters. A triumph' Independent `Clever story, smart prose' Stephen King `Extremely creepy' Mail on Sunday (`Must Reads') `Very smart, wholly original, completely kick-ass' William Gibson `Engrossing as it is original, as rewarding as it is challenging. Superb - a beautifully layered work of fiction. Take the time to read this, it's mesmerizing' Sun `Utterly original, beautifully written. This is something special' Tana French, author of In The Woods `Brilliant. Forget GONE GIRL, now it's all about THE SHINING GIRLS' Observer `Disturbing, smart and beautifully written' Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus `This year's must-read' Stylist `A new kind of thriller. A dark, relentless, time-twisting, page-turning murder story. It shines' Matt Haig, author of The Humans