Released on 10 August 2017.

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Girl in Snow

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2018 Long-listed

CWA New Blood Dagger


As featured on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 Book Club.

'Girl in Snow is a perfectly-paced and tautly-plotted thriller.' Paul Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train.

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.

Longlisted for the 2018 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.

In the media

A bevy of young female characters have lent girlish titles to crime novels since 2012’s Gone Girl. Some of these books have been memorable, some forgettable. Few have been as noteworthy as first-time novelist Danya Kukafka’s elegiac and involving Girl in Snow . . . [it] is engagingly told, in fragmentary fashion, through short sections that shift in and out of sequence. Ms. Kukafka uses this technique to heighten suspense, and the book springs a number of well-timed surprises . . . the predominant tone is one of abiding sadness, in young and old alike: for people gone away forever, for loves that might have been but weren’t. And then there’s guilt, or the fear of guilt . . . The novel solves its major mystery in plausible fashion. But its endearing characters’ struggles linger in memory after this affecting work is done
Wall Street Journal
Starts with a dead high school student and keeps you glued to your seat right up until the finish.
Campus Circle
Marie Claire