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.