Girl in Snow

A Novel

Girl in Snow

“A perfectly paced and tautly plotted thriller…and an incredibly accomplished debut” (Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water), about a beloved high schooler found murdered in her sleepy Colorado suburb and the secret lives of three people connected to her.

How can you love someone who’s done something horribly, horribly wrong? When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her community 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.

In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory. “A sensational debut—great characters, mysteries within mysteries, and page-turning pace. Highly recommended” (Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels). Hailed as “Gillian Flynn of 2017” (Yahoo! Style), compulsively readable and powerfully moving, Girl in Snow is “engagingly told… its endearing characters’ struggles linger in memory after this affecting work is done” (The Wall Street Journal).
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501144387 | 
  • April 2018
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Girl in Snow includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with Danya Kukafka. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


When the shocking news of Lucinda Hayes’s murder reaches the residents of suburban Broomsville, Colorado, on a cold February morning in 2005, it impacts three of them more profoundly than others.

The countless nights he’s spent spying on Lucinda Hayes through her bedroom window convince Cameron Whitley that he knows her more fully than anyone. But Cameron’s emotional disturbances and obsessive behavior, his possession of her diary, and his many drawings of Lucinda make him seem more like her crazed stalker than a true friend.

Jade Dixon-Burns merely resented Lucinda Hayes when she replaced Jade as the Thorntons’ preferred babysitter, but in becoming the girlfriend of Jade’s only friend, Zap Arnaud, Lucinda aroused Jade’s focused hatred. Now that her nemesis is gone for good, Jade can’t help but feel guilty about the rituals she performed in the hopes of causing Lucinda physical harm.

Officer Russ Fletcher is haunted by Lucinda, not because hers is the first dead body see more

About the Author

Danya Kukafka
Elliot Ross

Danya Kukafka

Danya Kukafka is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Girl in Snow is her first novel.