Friday, July 28, 2017

Book Review: Girl in Snow

Title Girl in Snow
Author Danya Kukafka
Release Date August 1, 2017

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.

A mystery this is not. It is, but not really. Finding out who killed Lucinda Hayes serves as a backdrop in a three person character study. While I originally thought I was going into a whodunit novel, I wasn't disappointed by what I read instead.

The story moves at an unrushed pace, taking place over just a few days. Told in expressive prose, the writing was the most enjoyable part of the novel for me. I'd love to read more from Danya Kukafka in the future.

The murder falls into the background and Lucinda seems to just be a thread that holds the story together rather than the focus. As such, I didn't feel much about the killer's reveal (or Lucinda in general).

I think if you go into Girl in Snow knowing that you're getting a character study more so than a mystery, you'll be more inclined to enjoy it. As such, I've rated it 4 stars (whereas my rating would be much different, i.e. lower, if I rated it viewed as a mystery novel).


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Simon & Schuster via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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