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Girl in Snow

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  5,615 ratings  ·  1,196 reviews
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 secr ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Simon & Schuster
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3.5 Stars

I was quite intrigued after reading the description for, GIRL IN SNOW. The mysterious death of a small town girl and the secret lives of three individuals connected to her. A socially awkward boy who was in love with Lucinda, a teenage girl who despised Lucinda, and the detective investigating her death.

The story is told from the perspectives of Cameron Whitley, Jade Dixon-Burns and Detective Russ Fletcher.

The princ
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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What started out as a traveling sister read quickly turned into a solo act...leaving me to finish this one on my own. This was no easy task! On more than one occasion I wanted to step away from it as well!

Lucinda, a local teenager is found murdered in a playground, buried under a light dusting of snow. Told from three POV. Jade - who blames Lucinda for stealing everything good in her life. Cameron - a classmate, and lonely neighbor, he harbored a long-standing and serious crush on Lucinda, borde
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars to Girl in Snow, a new mystery and suspense novel written by Danya Kukafka and set to be released on August 1st, 2017. Many thanks to Simon & Schuster, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to review an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel. I enjoyed it and would be interested in reading more by this author.

Why This Book
This is slightly embarrassing, but I'm not one hundred percent certain how I came to read this book. I was awarded the novel on NetGalle
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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This is supposedly a mystery about a teenage girl who is murdered. But it's really a character study of three individuals- a young man that stalked her, a girl who hated her and a policeman. It's not a fast paced novel at all, instead there's lots of internal dialog. In fact, it's the opposite of fast. It moves at a glacial pace.

It is well written with lots of well turned phrases. The two teenagers are both odd, damaged souls. Friendless, they live in their own little worlds. Cameron literally
The creaking of a playground carousel in the night wind is the only sound that settles in the darkness. It cradles the lifeless body of fifteen year old Lucinda Hayes. Tiny snowflakes drift and cling to the strands of her long blonde hair. Making no sound.....much like Lucinda herself.

Murder never sits well. Especially in small towns. Small towns like Broomsville in northern Colorado. The shock has far less space to travel in.

Danya Kukafka propels Girl in Snow forward with characters beset with
This a dense character driven mystery set in Broomsville, a small town on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. A 15 year old popular student at Jefferson High School, Lucinda Hayes is discovered murdered, coated in snow. This is less crime fiction, more an insightful look at the repercussions of the death on the people of a small town. We never really get to know Lucinda herself, only how she is perceived through the eyes of others, and opinions of her differ substantially. There a a number of sus ...more
Susanne  Strong
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.75 Stars* (rounded up).

"Girl In Snow" is a character study of three individuals whose lives are torn apart by the death of a young girl (Lucinda Hayes) they all knew. A boy named Cameron, because he loved her from afar; a girl named Jade, because Lucinda coveted the boy she loved; and a man named Russ, because he is a police officer investigating Lucinda’s death and because his brother-in-law, Ivan, is suspected of committing the crime.

At the onset of the novel, Lucinda's body is found on the
Diane S ☔
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 There is no question that this author can write, her prose was outstanding. My problem was that this book was so incredibly slow moving, and too much time was spent on character development. The characters were not very likable, imho, and it wasn't until the end was near that I felt anything for them. The plot and the dead girl seemed to get lost in the effort to describe what seemed like every nuance of the three characters, who are our narrators. More time spent on plot would have helped t ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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One snowy morning in a suburb in Colorado the body of a young high school student is found shaking up the small community. After the news is given to the other students Cameron finds himself sick to his stomach and mourning the loss of Lucinda Hayes, the girl he'd been watching and dreaming of forever. Jade finds herself wondering if the wish she made for the perfect Lucida to disappear had been granted.

Russ finds himself working the case looking for whoever is responsible for the girl's death.
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About: Girl in Snow is a thriller written by Danya Kukafka. It will be published on 8/22/17 by Simon & Schuster, 368 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. This is the author’s debut novel.

My Experience: I started reading Girl in Snow on 7/16/17 and finished it on 8/19/17 at 2AM. This book is a depressing read. It is very well written in fact, but none of the characters’ lives are interesting. Each of them have some kind of loneliness and isolation. Cameron with his lonely life sp
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
GIRL IN THE SNOW is the debut novel by Danya Kukafka, while listed as a mystery /thriller I feel is more of a character-driven mystery with YA overtunes.

While this is the story of the murder of a small-town Colorado teenage girl, Lucinda Hayes, the novel focuses on three characters; Cameron who was obsessed with Lucinda, and stalked her, Jade who was jealous of Lucinda’s good looks and Russ, the officer assigned to investigate her murder.

“In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
My first disappointing read of 2018. We're off to a great start!


This was another case of "I really should've looked at other reviews first" and here I am facing the consequences. At least I got it on sale so I didn't have to spend that much money. The silver lining in all of this. Kind of.

Anyways, Girl in Snow offered us 3 things.
* Small town murder
* Misfit characters
* Mystery

Instead, we got:
* No atmosphere of a small town murder
* Characters that need Jesus in their lives
* Lack of mystery

If you
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love this cover and this book!
A murder mystery where a Who Did It is almost secondary to the three main characters and the delving into their lives and stories.
Lucinda Hayes, a popular high school student, is murdered and her body found on the carousel of a local park.
Told through the point of view of three complex characters it is compelling to see how their lives intersect following this tragedy.
A very well-written debut novel!
I look forward to what's next from author Danya Kukafka.

Thank you t
I received a copy off of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not persuade my true opinion of the novel.


So, this was quite ... strange. Very, very, strange - if I might say. At first, the story showed signs of promise, even if it seemed like all of the characters were border-line perverts (this is an exaggeration, but yes, there were just too many scenes focusing on sex - at least to me - plus, these characters are kids, so come on).

Gradually as the novel progressed, it slo
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Girl in Snow is a very nicely told tale of the inhabitants a small town in the wake of death of one of their own, a contemporary drama with a hint of the murder mystery and dark undercurrents of human behavior and thought. It's a not a thriller, despite the use of "girl" in the title, but I enjoyed it the more for not requiring any of the elements of a traditional or psychological thriller. The writing is quiet but powerfully observed, forming a character and community portrait with the murder m ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I was intrigued by the blue eye on the cover, an eye that won't stop staring at me, and one that (despite myself) I can't stop staring at... an eye cloaked in sadness.

Lucinda Hayes shows up in the wee hours of the morning with a cracked skull on the playground carousel. She's undoubtedly dead with a beautiful soft layer of snow covering her body. The small town of Broomsville, CO comes together to try to find out who murdered this young woman. I was enraptured from the beginning and never even g
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*3.5 stars.

This is the debut work of Danya Kukafka and I hope we will see much more from this young author. While it is a murder mystery, the solving of the crime is almost secondary to the delving into the psyche of the three unique characters from whose point of view the story is told.

The murder victim is Lucinda Hayes, a popular middle school student, whose body is found on the carousal of the local park. One of the first people to be suspected is Cameron, her neighbor and fellow student, a
Karen R
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
A good debut by first time author Danya Kukafka told from different perspectives. Kukafka has a clear understanding of her distinct characters, people with personal struggles who in some way relate to a murdered teenage girl. I only wish that this slow burner had more action related to the murder and less character study. Thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Have you ever experienced a winter that was so interminably long that you feared spring would never come? That’s Girl in Snow. It’s torturous in its sheer one-note banality. Now I get that its aim is to be a character-driven mystery, but it’s possible to achieve that goal while remaining compelling. Tana French, for example, is masterful at creating stories where the whoddunit is often secondary to the protagonists’ psychological machinations. Girl in Snow, however, utterly and completely fails ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is, first, foremost and almost entirely, an in-depth study of three characters in the aftermath of the murder of small-town Colorado high-school student Lucinda Hayes. Friends Cameron and Jade loved her and wanted to be her, respectively. Russ, a police officer involved in the investigation, is connected to many of the people around her - one of whom most likely is her killer.

All four, including Lucinda, are quirky at the very least; and they all have deep, dark secrets that are reveal
Liz Barnsley
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Girl in the Snow was an interesting read for me - it sounds in premise like a lot of psychological thrillers I read but in reality was nothing like those. It is a character study of 3 people attached peripherally or otherwise to a young girl found dead in a small town. A slow burner of a story, this is more about those 3 people and their inner realities than it is about who may have killed the girl or why. Indeed the low key mystery element is exactly that - low key.

Never the less it was fascina
Fidan Lurin
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC copy of Girl in Snow in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks goes to NetGalley as well as Simon & Schuster for this advanced copy which has recently been published on August 1, 2017.

“Nostalgia is my favorite emotion. It’s like, you think you know how to deal with the passage of time, but nostalgia will prove you wrong. You’ll press your fact into an old sweat shirt, or you’ll look at a familiar shade of paint on a front door, and you’ll be reminded of all the time
2.5⭐, rounded up. I was given an advanced copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley.

The girl in the title is dead, and I am a bit creeped out now by that eye (her eye?) looking at me from the cover.

A high school girl, Lucinda, has been found murdered, a layer of snow covering her body. The background story and the reveal are told slowly through three perspectives: Cameron, an odd boy who essentially was Lucinda's stalker; Jade, a girl who seemingly hated Lucinda but envied her life; a
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book. The story drew me in from the very beginning. A girl named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered and it sends the town in an uproar, because nothing like this ever happens in the sleepy suburb of Colorado. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both. Cameron is the kid who is obsessed (to say the least) with Lucinda. Jade is the girl w ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2.5 stars. Extremely slow moving. In fact, there is not an awful lot happening in this at all. Most of the time is spent inside the heads of three characters (Cameron, Jade and Russ) who for different reasons struggle to fit in and are isolated within their small Colorado community. Young Cameron was obsessed with Lucinda and used to sneak out at night to watch her. Jade didn't like Lucinda because Lucinda was popular and pretty, and Jade isn't. Russ, a local middle-aged police officer, is helpi ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a Complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

On February 15th 2005, a young girl named Lucinda Hayes was murdered. Two classmates named Cameron and Jade along with a police officer named Russ Fletcher are all involved with the investigation of who murdered her somehow. Will they be able to find out who really killed this girl covered in snow? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read and my first ever one by Danya Kukafka. When I was asked by
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

*Disclaimer: An ARC of Girl In Snow by Danya Kukafka was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review in any way.


Actual rating: 3.5 stars rated up.

What I Liked

Dark & Creepy. For those of you who know me well, you know that anything dark and creepy instantly attracts me to it. I know, it sounds a little messed up, but it’s true. I just loves stories that are a little dark and strange in nature and that is exactly what Girl In Snow wa
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Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Read it thanks to NetGalley!

Wow! I’m not sure how to start this review. Maybe by the fact that I read this book in one day. It surprised me immensely – not so much for the plot itself but for the sensitive and complex way the author unravels this multi-layered narrative.

At the end of it, I found myself wondering that honestly, the title doesn’t quite match the strongest elements of the story. This is a book about a
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danya Kukafka is a graduate of New York University's Gallatin School of Individualised Study and previously worked as an assistant editor at Riverhead Books. Kukafka started writing "Girl In Snow" when she was only 19 and finishing up her sophomore year at University, it took her a total of 5 years to complete and was influenced by a number of books she had recently read, including Jeffrey Eugenides's "The Virgin Suicides" and Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being A Wallflower". The idea for the ...more
***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

Theoretically a mystery-crime novel, it seemed to me more of a psichological study of strange individuals. The book is wrriten in 3 PoVs, one 1st person, the other two in 3rd. The pacing is rather slow, the characters were interesting in their oddness, and the ending was satisfying, even if predictable.

I had some big discontents during reading, one concerning the typical YA bullshitting/metaphor
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