Girl in Snow

Danya Kukafka

2018 Nominee

CWA New Blood Dagger

2018 Winner

Big Book Awards: Crime Award

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11 January 2018
368 pages

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.

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

From its startling opening line right through to its stunning conclusion, Girl in Snow is a perfectly-paced and tautly-plotted thriller. Danya Kukafka's misfit characters are richly drawn, her prose is both elegant and eerie – this is an incredibly accomplished debut

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

Stark, utterly compulsive with a compelling, unique writing style. This thriller blew me away

Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

A sensational debut - great characters, mysteries within mysteries, and page-turning pace. Highly recommended

Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series