Girl in Snow

Girl in snowWhen a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.

In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory. Compulsively readable and powerfully moving, Girl in Snow offers an unforgettable reading experience and introduces a singular new talent in Danya Kukafka.



Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka is heartbreaking.  This book will rip and tear at your insides rendering you speechless.  Fifteen year old, Lucinda Hayes is dead, her body discovered at the elementary school in the early morning.  Lucinda was popular and beautiful, making everyone in town wonder who would do such a terrible thing.

The story is told through the perspectives of three different characters, Cameron, Russ and Jade. Cameron lived near Lucinda and followed her every move.  He watched her through her window at night, and he sketched her every move.  Cameron isn’t like Lucinda.  He is a loner, awkward and has issues with his memories and emotions.

Russ is one of the police officers investigating the murder.  He also has ties to Cameron, Russ and Cameron’s father were once partners on the police force and Russ promised to watch out for Cameron.

Jade is a high school student at Jefferson High School.  Lucinda took everything away from Jade:  her best friend and her baby sitting job.  Needless to say, Jade is not heartbroken over her death.

All three characters are broken.  Misfits in a small suburban Colorado town, their lives woven together by their secrets.  The story is fast paced with slower parts that delve into each character adding depth and revealing growth and change.  I wouldn’t classify this book as a thriller, but instead a murder mystery and character study.

3.5/5 stars

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