Title: Girl In Snow
Author: Danya Kukafka
Publication: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
I have never read a book by Danya Kukafka before, but the synopsis drew me in. This sounded right up my alley as a murder mystery with three different viewpoints looking at the same situation.
The story follows the police officer investigating the murder, the boy possibly guilty for her murder, and the girl who would have loved to be her. It was incredibly interesting and insightful as to the way different people, from different background, and different vantage points see things. It also showed a great deal of how sometimes people looking in from the outside can take something out of context and misunderstand it. Those misunderstandings can be almost detrimental.
While I found this book insightful, it didn’t flow the way I would want. I always talk about how a book flows, and by that I mean is it like floating peacefully down a river or is the current not there so you sit still. Girl in Snow sat still. It flowed, but it didn’t flow enough where I didn’t fall bored at regular increments. I am sad to say I was unable to even finish. I wanted to know what happened, but the slow pace of the book ruined it.
I will always encourage others to read a book, even if I didn’t like it, so they can judge for themselves. This is no exception. Pick up Girl in Snow and read it. Let me know what you think. And one day I will likely pick it back up and finish it so I can be sure.
STAR RATING: 2/5