If you’re a fan of The Handmaid’s Tale, you might want to tune into Apple’s brand new thriller series starring Elizabeth Moss: Shining Girls is based off the acclaimed 2013 book of the same name, and has a strange and mind bending plot full of twists and turns that’ll make you want to binge the whole thing.

The series focuses on newspaper archivist Kirby Mazrachi, who has ambitions to become a journalist. These are suddenly abruptly halted when she is the victim of a brutal attack, which she survives but affects her perception of reality.

Moss will be playing the role of Mazrachi, and the series will also star Wagner Moura, Phillipa Soo and Jamie Bell. Aside from the star attraction of Moss, another intriguing aspect about this new adaptation is that it is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, who bought the rights in 2013 before the novel even released. Given the talent and faith in the story, expectations are high for it making a great thriller series. The novel was written by the South African author Lauren Beukes, and takes place in Chicago.

The trailer released for the series shows Kirby Mazrachi investigating the case of a serial killer on the loose, and realises that she’s the only one who can stop him, having previously survived his brutal attack several years ago. Suffering from the traumatic effects of the incident, her reality and perception of things around her seems to constantly, confusingly shift.

Setting out to stop the killer and figure out everything that links her to him and his past murders, she enlists the aid of the revered and successful journalist Dan Velaquez. The series seems to be taking the approach of keeping things under wraps, and if you’ve read the book you’ll know there’s plenty of twists and revelations that will likely unfold in the series.

Alongside the trailer and images, Apple released a plot synopsis: “Shining Girls follows Kirby Mazrachi (Moss) as a Chicago newspaper archivist whose journalistic ambitions were put on hold after enduring a traumatic assault. When Kirby learns that a recent murder mirrors her own case, she partners with seasoned, yet troubled reporter Dan Velazquez (played by Wagner Moura), to uncover her attacker’s identity. As they realize these cold cases are inextricably linked, their own personal traumas and Kirby’s blurred reality allow her assailant to remain one step ahead.”

The series debuts on 29th April on Apple TV+, and will be eight episodes in length. You’ll be able to watch the whole mystery in the coming weeks after release. The show has had positive reviews already in previews, and some have noted the show works better taken part by part, rather than bingeing the whole way through. However you want to view it, you’ll be in for a ride.


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