Girl in Snow
CWA New Blood Dagger
Big Book Awards: Crime Award
Who are you when no one is watching?
When beloved high school student 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 police officer assigned to investigate. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three unforgettable 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 explores the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between reality and memory. Intoxicating and emotionally intense, Girl in Snow is a gripping debut novel that will linger long after the final page is turned.
In the media
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