Fragmented Observations


Everyone has secrets in their lives that they keep hidden away. A murdered girl, a stalker who sketches, a rebellious girl hoping for revenge, and a cop struggling with his past comprise the main ensemble of characters in Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka, and the secret lives of these characters become connected to solve the mystery of murder.

The murder of Lucinda Hayes brings together three unlikely people to solve her death. Cameron Whitley has watched and loved Lucinda from afar, sketching her from his memory. Jade Dixon-Burns despises Lucinda because she appears to be perfect and she took her lucrative babysitting job. Russ Fletcher is a cop investigating Lucinda’s death, who feels the need to protect two suspects, Cameron, the son of his former partner, and Ivan, the brother of his wife. In order to uncover the truth of who killed Lucinda, Cameron, Jade, and Russ must piece together bits of their lives to complete the picture of what happened to Lucinda.

The alternating points of view of the three characters helped to slowly reveal the details leading to the resolution of who killed Lucinda, pulling the mystery out to a length necessary to incorporate the unique insights of the main three characters without dragging it out to the point of being frustrating. As each of the three perspectives rely much upon observation and recollection rather than actual interaction, the intricacies of human relationships and communities come into play. The story is written quite well and thoughtfully with the shifting perspectives well managed, presenting Cameron, Jade, and Russ with both their likable and unlikable characteristics.

Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.


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