(Review) Girl in Snow
Girl in Snow by Danya Kkafka
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Pages: 368 (ebook)
My Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
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.
I'm not sure where to start with this one, so I'll go with this: Girl in Snow is a weird book. Was it good? Was it bad? I'm not sure. It kept my attention and I wanted to know what happened to Lucinda, so I kept reading...I guess that accounts for something.
I'd put this book somewhere in the vein of Gillian Flynn, to be honest. There is a lot of raw emotion and anger hidden within the three characters telling the story and I think that's what hooked me.
So, a young girl has died and the whole town is in an uproar. Adults and children are pointing fingers and the whole town is talking about it.
We hear the story from Cameron, Jade, and Russ. Each of them had their own relationship to Lucinda or the case and each of them have a very distinctive voice.
Cameron, the shy boy who draws (and stalks) Lucinda. Jade, the emo girl who hates Lucinda. Russ, an officer working Lucinda's case and Cameron's father's former best friend.
Each of these characters weave a story in their own way. Each of them is brutally honest, almost to where it's uncomfortable to read, but it works. This is definitely a great mystery that will keep you guessing until you get to the big reveal.
So, yes. This is a good book. Weird. Still good.
Thanks to Simon & Shuster for the ARC in exchange for a review.