Released on 20 September 2018.

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Girl in Snow

3.33 based on 207 ratings & 20 reviews on

2018 Short-listed

CWA New Blood Dagger

2018 Long-listed

Big Book Awards: Crime Award


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

‘Dark and elegant’ Mail on Sunday
‘A creepy, psychological drama’ GQ
‘A haunting debut’ Stylist

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.

Intoxicating and intense, Girl in Snow is a compelling mystery set in small-town America. By focusing on those affected by the crime, rather than the crime itself, Danya Kukafka asks – what’s the difference between who people seem to be and who they really are?

Shortlisted for the 2018 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.
Shortlisted for Hearst's Big Book Award 2018.

In the media

Starts with a dead high school student and keeps you glued to your seat right up until the finish.
Campus Circle
Author Danya Kukafka, only 25 years old, began writing her thrilling debut while studying at NYU. With a knack for writing oh-so-real teenage characters and underline-worthy prose, she weaves a tale of voyeurism and obsession that's impossible to put down
W Magazine
This brooding and intense thriller will plunge readers into a dark world they may not want to enter - but they may be unable to tear themselves free . . . gives readers a different look into the idyllic, small-town life, and how not everything is as it appears on the surface