Review: “Girl in Snow” by Danya Kukafka

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of “Girl in Snow” through Netgalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Title: Girl in SnowGirl in Snow
Author: Danya Kukafka
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Average Rating: 3.38/5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Goodreads Description:
Who Are You When No One Is Watching?

When 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.”

My Thoughts:
Danya Kukafka is an incredibly gifted writer. That being said, Girl in Snow was advertised as a thriller and I didn’t get that feeling from this book at all. I mean, I certainly wasn’t bored, it just wasn’t the fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat read I was expecting going into it. Though the book really embraced the “slow and steady wins the race” mentality by the time I reached the middle, every little detail and side story came together in the end in such a way that it made it all worth it. No minor character was forgotten, every loose end was tied, and all of your questions WILL be answered. Though only one truly matters: Who killed Lucinda Hayes?

Should you decide to give Girl in Snow a try (and you absolutely should), I urge you to stick with it. In fact, the only reason I didn’t given Girl in Snow five stars instead of four was because of the way the book was advertised. I was expecting a thrilling read about the murder of Lucinda Hayes. By the end of the book, I knew all three main characters intimately, but I didn’t feel like I or any of the characters truly knew Lucinda at all. Maybe that was the Danya Kukafka’s goal… Still, I found myself disappointed.

Do I recommend this book? Yes!


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