Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
Published August 1st by Simon & Schuster
Genres Mystery, Thriller, YA
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.
There are 3 main characters in this book; Cameron, Jade and Russ, as well a Lucinda. Lucinda is found murdered in the snow on the playground in her small Colorado town. We find out that she received blunt force trauma to the head before being left to die on the playground. The book follows the 3 main characters, who knew Lucinda in various ways and each held different thoughts about her. Russ is the police officer that is assigned the case, Jade is a classmate of Lucinda’s who wasn’t her biggest fan because of some previous boy drama and Cameron, who secretly loved Lucinda, but his love crosses over to him basically stalking and watching her. As with most mysteries, there are also a few other characters in the story that played smaller role in Lucinda’s life before her murder.
The story is told the 3 different perspectives of the main characters, which I sometimes am not the biggest fan of, as it can get a big confusing. But the chapters were fairly short and thankfully the perspectives never got confusing while I was reading. I really enjoyed the author’s writing and thought that the story moved along at a steady pace throughout the whole book. I did feel like we didn’t get as many details about Lucinda or her background as I would have liked. When I feel like I don’t know a character very well, I often have a hard time connecting with them, which then sometimes makes me not as invested in the story as I could have been. It was an interesting story and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book.