Girl in Snow
Author: Danya Kukafka
Genre: Mystery, Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
There was a lot that went on in this novel. Not only does Girl in Snow have a mystery in Lucinda Hayes and how she ended up deceased, but it’s also about three individuals who are all connected in the end. That being Cameron, Jade, and Ross. It started off about the death of Lucinda and everyone finding out at almost the same time, others a little earlier, about Lucinda’s demise and how it would connect them all.
I really liked how the characters were shown and the whodunit factor that was incorporated into most of the novel. There’s Cameron who was Lucinda’s stalker (literally following her along in almost every part of her life), then there’s Jade who couldn’t stand her at all and prayed to have her vanish of the face of the planet, then Ross who is the officer assigned to the case and has just as much of a jaded life as both of those mentioned above.
It was an interesting take on things, going back and forth between all these characters and seeing what brought them to that point, of being a suspect but of also finding an unlikely pairing with each other, with the question of who killed Lucinda Hayes just growing stronger as more pages were read. Even though I really enjoyed that part of the story, there were others parts that I wished were more about Lucinda and the happenings in her life, that which got her to that point.
Many of the pages do mention Lucinda, several times it was an afterthought, but I do get that it was just as much about everyone involved as it was about her murder, still would have liked a little more focus on her walk through life rather than through the eyes of those that watched and hated her. I think I might have giving it a higher rating were it for that and if I didn’t have so much of a struggle with a few of the other characters.
When it came to Ross, I felt it was a great character, just not a part of the book I cared for the most as half of his story had nothing to do with that of the main character Lucinda, but it was intertwined with one of the other’s in the book. I was half for Cameron finding his way out of the place that his life and where it had taken him, but the other half of me was like wait this kid stalked Lucinda for most of their life… never stopping until the end of hers.
It was the intriguing aspect of the case, the connections that were made throughout the novel, the unraveling that occurred closer to the end of the book, that kept me very interested in getting to that final page. Although there were those few instances I could’ve done without, there was much I liked from Girl in Snow. Such as seeing Cameron work through the reasons behind his stalking ways, or that Jade did plenty to help those involved even when she felt the world against her. And yes, the murder is solved and it’s not the person you probably suspected. Definitely worth the read.
***I received this copy from Simon & Schuster via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***