Monday, July 31, 2017

Early Review: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Title: Girl in Snow 
Author: Danya Kukafka 
Source: Publisher 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Published: August 1st, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: 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.

Danya Kukafka’s debut thriller slowly drew me in and held me captive until the last page. More than a mystery, Girl in Snow is a character study of three individuals: 

Cameron, the peculiar but gifted artist who, as the neighborhood’s Peeping Tom, has fallen in love with Lucinda Hayes through windows. His actions have led to those in town referring to him as Lucinda’s stalker; so when Lucinda’s body is found blanketed by the falling snow, it is Cameron that seems the most likely suspect. 

Officer Fletcher, who is investigating the death of Lucinda Hayes but also trying to keep the promise he gave his ex-partner and friend that he would look after his son, Cameron, when he was gone. 

Jade, neighbor of Cameron, who would sometimes watch Cameron watching Lucinda and wonder what he could possibly see in the girl that Jade hated so vehemently. 

In the small sleepy town of Broomsville, Colorado, everyone is reeling from the death of “golden girl” Lucinda Hayes; but through the POVs of three fascinating characters, well-kept secrets come to light, and what they know about people in their little town will come as a shock – and one person you think is a liar may be the only one telling the truth. 

The author’s writing is beautiful and compelling; and I really enjoyed this story, as well as the many layers of the characters, the red herrings, and the gradual and unique plot. Though the characters were heartbreaking and there can be no happy ending when a young girl has been murdered, I will say I left my favorite characters better than I found them; and that is something important for me as the reader. Girl in Snow is a very different and equally fascinating novel, and I look forward to more books from Danya Kukafka. 

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  1. Wonderful review, this sounds like an intriguing mystery.

    1. Thank you, Kimberley! It really was and very unique :)

  2. I like the layers in this one, and the small town setting. Plus a good strong mystery. Have a lovely vacation.

    1. It's a very interesting character-driven novel. I think you will like it. Thank you, Heidi <3

  3. Very interesting concept! (also, have I told you how super cool it is that you get books early to review them?!?! <3 <3 <3)

    1. It really is, Nyssa! I couldn't put it down. Haha, I think it's pretty cool, too. *tackle hugs* <3

  4. STOP WRITING REVIEWS THAT MAKE ME CURIOUS AND TRY TO GUESS THE MURDERER JUST FROM THE LITTLE BIT YOU GIVE (jk never stop). This one sounds really good wifey and I love a book that can take you by surprise. Great review!

    1. NEVERRRRR. I love that this one got you curious! I'm going to have you reading mysteries one of these days. Thanks, lobster <3

  5. Another GREAT review, Michele!! As you know, this is not my type of read at all, but I did enjoy reading your take on it! It's wonderful, the way you delve into an analysis of a book's plot and characters without too many spoilers!

    LUV ya!! SUPER SQUISHY TACKLE HUGS TO YOU & McKENZIE!!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)


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