Friday, August 18, 2017

#SRC2017 Book Review: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Title: Girl in Snow
Author: Danya Kukafka
Published: August 2017, Simon & Schuster
Format: ARC Paperback, 368 pages
Source: Publisher 

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.

My thoughts: This is one of those books that as soon as I heard about it - it's one of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge picks - I knew I wanted to read it. It just sounded so intriguing and would you look at the cover - doesn't it just call to you to pick it up!?!

One of the things I really liked about this book is that it really keeps you guessing as to who did it - who killed Lucinda Hayes. I think I thought I had it figured out at least a half-dozen times, only to be completely flabbergasted at the final reveal. It's narrated by three very different, yet complex characters - and as the mystery is ever so slowly revealed, you are given a picture of what was really going on in this small Colorado town.

This really is as much a mystery as it is a character-study into the lives of the people in this town. It is a bit slow at times as it delves into the lives of these characters, but I think this was all necessary as this gives us all the connections and memories needed to link everything together.

The writing it quite lyrical and beautiful - it really keeps you engaged throughout. It's addictive as much as it is haunting and I am quite eager to see what comes next from this author. 

Girl in Snow  by Danya Kukafka is one of  BookSparks "Summer Reads" reading selection picks. 
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