Girl in Snow
As morning dawns in a sleepy Colorado suburb, a dusting of snow covers high-school freshman Lucinda Hayes's dead body on a playground carousel. Accusations spread quickly and Lucinda's tragic death draws three outsiders from the shadows. Oddball Cameron Whitley loved - still loves - Lucinda. Though they've hardly ever spoken, and any sensible onlooker would call him Lucinda's stalker, Cameron is convinced that he knows her better than anyone. Completely untethered by the news of her death, Cameron's erratic behaviour provides the town ample reason to suspect that he's the killer. Jade Dixon-Burns hates Lucinda. Lucinda took everything from her. The worst part was Lucinda's blissful ignorance to the damage she'd wrought. Officer Russ Fletcher doesn't know Lucinda, but he knows the kid everyone is talking about, the boy who may have killed her. Cameron Whitley is his ex-partner's son. Now Russ must take a painful journey through the past to solve Lucinda's murder and keep a promise he made long ago.
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.
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 A sensational debut - great characters, mysteries within mysteries, and page-turning pace. Highly recommended -- Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series 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
Danya Kukafka is a graduate of New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She currently works as an assistant editor at Riverhead books. Girl in Snow is her first novel.