- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Main Market edition (11 Jan. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1509829938
- ISBN-13: 978-1509829934
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.4 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Girl in Snow Hardcover – 11 Jan 2018
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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 (GQ)
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)
An exciting debut from a talented new voice. Girl in Snow is a propulsive mystery set in a suburban community marked by unsettling voyeurism. Danya Kukafka patiently reveals layers of her characters’ inner lives – their ugliness and vulnerabilities – in prose that sparkles and wounds. I couldn’t put this one down. (Brit Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers)
'Girl in Snow is a haunting, lyrical novel about love, loss, and terror. Reading it felt like entering another world, where things and people – were not as they at first appeared. The world Kukafka so masterfully creates is suspenseful and electrifying; I was willing to follow her wherever she took me.' (Anton DiSclafani, New York Times bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and The After Party)
There is a frightful truth to Danya Kukafka's characterizations, and the mystery at the heart of Girl in Snow is so elegantly constructed. It's an exceptional, unnerving debut novel. I'm already counting the days until her next one (Owen King, author of Double Feature and co-author of Sleeping Beauties)
A bevy of young female characters have lent girlish titles to crime novels since 2012’s Gone Girl. Some of these books have been memorable, some forgettable. Few have been as noteworthy as first-time novelist Danya Kukafka’s elegiac and involving Girl in Snow . . . [it] is engagingly told, in fragmentary fashion, through short sections that shift in and out of sequence. Ms. Kukafka uses this technique to heighten suspense, and the book springs a number of well-timed surprises . . . the predominant tone is one of abiding sadness, in young and old alike: for people gone away forever, for loves that might have been but weren’t. And then there’s guilt, or the fear of guilt . . . The novel solves its major mystery in plausible fashion. But its endearing characters’ struggles linger in memory after this affecting work is done (Wall Street Journal)
A major American debut about the mysterious death of a small-town golden girl and the secret lives of three people connected to her. Intoxicating and intense, this is a novel that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.See all Product description
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"Girl In Snow" is an impressive debut, especially when you consider just how young Kukafka was whilst writing it. Set in a small suburb of Broomsville, Colorado it begins with the discovery of the dead body of Lucinda Hayes, a popular high school freshman. Suspicion immediately falls on Cameron, a boy known to be fascinated (maybe even infatuated) with her. Cameron often behaves erratically but we know he cannot have been the culprit as that would be too predictable...So who did it?
The book has a very interesting and unique structure - there are three different perspectives which are from the three characters that the story revolves around - there are two first person narratives and one in first person with random interjections of a characters thoughts which they are too anxious to voice. The three perspectives the story is told from are - Cameron Whitley, Jade Dixon-Burns (a classmate of both Cameron and Lucinda) and Russ Fletcher, a police officer who happens to be in love with Cameron's father.
Pefectly paced, well written and tautly plotted, "Girl In Snow" explores the distinction and overlap of love vs. obsession and our inability to be able to distinguish between the two when we are experiencing one or the other (or both). This is such a mature and accomplished novel for a 19 year old to have written, it really is quite outstanding! The main message the author wishes us to take away from the reading experience is that sometimes our perceptions cannot be trusted - what we see is not necessarily how it actually is, this applies even more now with the meteoric rise of social media. There are varying levels of good and evil, and nothing is as simple as black and white. The book is set in 2004-2005 so social media didn't play as big a part in this particuar story but you can see how social media has changed the concept of perception. 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.
A complex and intriguing read that is deceptively dark and creepy in places. I finished this in a day as I was propelled by the psychological aspects of the book to find out what actually occurred and the conclusion was a great close to the story. This is an ideal story for the young adult audience as well as those who enjoy dark literary murder mysteries. The prose is luscious and textured and of a higher quality than most YA or mystery/thriller novels so I feel adults will also find something here to appreciate, I certainly did.
A beautifully nostalgic and immersive reading experience, I am already looking forward to Kukafka's next book. The characters come alive on the page and even though they have the customary flaws they also have redeeming qualities which make them relatable - there's no doubt this author is a huge talent!
Many thanks to Picador for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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