Girl In Snow: Paula Hawkins Meets Megan Abbott

Girl In Snow - Danya Kukafka
Published by Picador on 11th January 2018.
My rating: 5/5
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This snowy weekend, I tried something new. I did Readathon By Zoe for my YouTube channel. It's a 24 hour period to read as much as you wish. Considering that I've had very little time to read on the weekends lately and I always say Oh, I'll read that on the weekend, I needed this. I blocked the day out, I picked some books and I am so glad I did.

To begin the readathon, I read Girl In Snow. It seemed a fitting title for the winter season and I was in the mood for a thriller. Not to mention, this cover is absolutely stunning and one of my favourites of 2018 already. I've seen so little about Girl In Snow and was surprised to find that it's been out since August (at least as an eBook). Seems a bit of a strange time to publish a book that's all about the cold. 

The novel is set with the premise of a death. A 15 year old girl is found in the snow by the night janitor at the local school. The police come and they draw up suspects. The parents, the ex-boyfriend, the stalker, the janitor. Three perspectives  draw a picture of what really happened, Cameron, Jade and Russ. Cameron is a social outcast, Jade seems to have no emotions and Russ is the police officer with a questionable past. 

The literary prose is absolutely stunning and hints that Kukafka could be a classic writer of her generation. Fuelled by characters, this story is all about perception. How one character perceives another, how we as the readers perceive them, how they anticipate being perceived. It shapes their actions and their stance and I loved exploring each of them. 

The chronology is all over the place. The story is divided into the days straight after the body is discovered but within each perspective there are flashbacks that are scattered across the previous years. Each section is short and provides just enough detail to lull you in, but not enough to give you any firm suspects on 'who did it'. 

Paula Hawkins meets Megan Abbott in this chilling story of what it means to really know someone. I urge you to pick it up.

Love, Jess

Thank you Picador for my copy.


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