Girl in Snow: A Novel
New writer Danya Kukafka steps confidently onto the literary scene with Girl in Snow. Following the murder of teenager Lucinda Hayes, the small town of Broomsville reels and points fingers, uncertain of the culprit.
The novel follows Cameron, a classmate obsessed with Lucinda who can’t remember the night of her death; Jade, a disaffected loner; and police officer Russ, who, trying to unravel what happened, has good reason to protect several key suspects, as they remember their interactions with Lucinda and those close to her. Kukafka juggles these damaged and often unlikeable characters well.
Kukafka’s novel refuses the normal conventions of a thriller. She doesn’t sacrifice artistry and language for improbable twists and turns. She stays with her characters, focusing on their inner workings and all the ways in which humans, confronted by the tragic and the inexplicable, fail to rise to the occasion. A dark, thoughtful debut.
Simon & Schuster
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