Girl in Snow

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What to expect

As featured on Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 Book Club.

‘Girl in Snow is a perfectly-paced and tautly-plotted thriller.’ Paul Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train.

Who are you when no one is watching?

When beloved high school student 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 police officer assigned to investigate. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three unforgettable 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 explores the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between reality and memory. Intoxicating and emotionally intense, Girl in Snow is a gripping debut novel that will linger long after the final page is turned.

Shortlisted for the 2018 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.
Shortlisted for Hearst’s Big Book Award 2018.

Critics Review

  • From its startling opening line right through to its stunning conclusion, Girl in Snow is a perfectly-paced and tautly-plotted thriller. Danya Kukafka’s misfit characters are richly drawn, her prose is both elegant and eerie – this is an incredibly accomplished debut

    Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water
  • Stark, utterly compulsive with a compelling, unique writing style. This thriller blew me away

    Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat
  • A sensational debut – great characters, mysteries within mysteries, and page-turning pace. Highly recommended

    Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
  • A dark and elegant thriller set in small-town America

    Mail on Sunday
  • An early contender for next year’s Gone Girl . . . a creepy, psychological dramam set in a snowbound Colorado high school

  • An offbeat murder mystery set in a Colorado suburb in 2005, in which we learn about 15-year-old Lucinda’s death via the unreliable viewpoints of her introverted neighbour, schoolmate and sort-of-stalker Cameron, teenage would-be writer Jade, and Russ, a cop only peripherally involved in the case . . . a distinctive prismatic narrative technique and prose that’s just as zingy as [Megan] Abbott’s, but a little more poetic

    Sunday Times Culture

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