Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Girl in Snow

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Published: 2017



Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka is her debut novel. 

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Simon & Schuster, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When the body of high school student Lucinda Hayes is found in the playground of her Colorado town, many lives will be changed.  Many people will have to look inside themselves to find their own truths. 
Cameron is the boy who loved her from afar. Some would say he stalked her. They had barely spoken, but he spent almost every night outside her window, watching, and he has made many drawings of her.  Now she is gone.  Cameron doesn’t remember what happened the night Lucinda died.

Jade hated her.  Lucinda had the perfect body, the perfect parents, the perfect life, and had taken everything that Jade had loved.  Jade never had a chance to tell her.  Some secrets may never come to light.

Russ is the policeman who is investigating the murder.  He is in a troubled marriage and a job he is not sure he wants.  He too has secrets, and promises to keep.  Russ is trying to protect the innocent, but he isn’t sure who is guilty.  He wonders if his distrust for his brother-in-law is swaying his judgement.  Then there is young Cameron, the son of his last partner who fled town after Russ protected him from jail-time. 

The story is told from the perspectives of Cameron, Jade and Russ. 

Unfortunately, although the plot showed promise, the story moved slowly and lacked any excitement.  It was rather depressing.  It was not the mystery/thriller I was anticipating. The characters are all rather shallow, including the adults, and the police force is a joke. Things didn’t ring true. 

On the other hand, Danya Kukafka is an excellent writer.  Her prose and timing is good, and I imagine if the characters were a little deeper, I would have been more impressed.  I am sure there are others out there that will disagree with my assessment of the book, but this is only my opinion, so to each their own.  I can’t love everything.


Read: July 2017


Favorite Quotes from Girl in Snow:

And anyway, some types of love were quieter than others.”

“In that sweaty circle, I prayed to some unspecified force that Lucinda Hayes would simply disappear.”


About the Author: Danya Kukafka is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.  She works as an assistant editor at Riverhead Books.  GIRL IN SNOW is her first novel.




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