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Under Cover Book 1: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

I started reading this, properly, on the train coming back from London. At around 50 pages in I said to Mum ‘Amy’s got this spot on, It’s a YA novel about a teen struggling with growing up, relationships, and, I would guess, his mental health’. I was so sure that I had this book sussed that I worried about the books I had sent Amy; this was such a ‘Rachael book’ (or so I thought) that I worried I’d been slightly too out-there with my choices.

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However, it soon became clear that whilst the focus was on a young adult, this was much more than a coming-of-age story. With a split narrative, the tragic death of a school-girl provides the central focus for what, in its essence, becomes a character study. This is not a fast-paced novel. Instead, it meanders and takes the reader into the lives of the three primary interests, all in some way related to the murdered Lucinda Hayes: the boy who watched her, the girl who hated her, and a police investigator. Moving at such a slow pace, I was surprised that I was as drawn in as I was. This has to be credited to the depth of the characters; really, the plot was of secondary importance.

That being acknowledged, I think, for me, my acceptance of the slow speed was primarily facilitated by my complete and utter lack of knowledge about this debut. Being covered, I didn’t know what to expect, or what to look out for. We discover that Lucinda

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Girl in Snow
Author: Danya Kukafka
Published: Picador 2018
Genre (According to Goodreads): Mystery Thriller

is dead within the first line but without access to the blurb, there was no unconscious rushing to reach a certain part. Nor was I in a hurry to discover the symbolism of the cover choices. In much a similar way, also eradicated was the inevitable frustration that that point hadn’t been reached yet. I do think I’d have been less forgiving about the strolling pace if I’d had the chance to form expectations and opinions – as we all do – even before reading that first line.

This is a book that I would recommend. However, as you may realise, I’d recommend going in blind. If you have a friend willing to wrap up a book for you, utilise them. Don’t rush it. Go along with the characters; try and untangle their lives as they untangle them for themselves as well as the case that binds them all together. At times, the writing was also a tangle. There are past, present, and sometimes even future storylines and reminiscings happening within each narrative and with the different characters interacting with other characters it can sometimes become a tad confusing; time needs to be taken.

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Rating given on Goodreads: 4/5

Head over to Amy’s Blog to read about how and why she chose this book for me 🙂


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    • Oh, thank you that means a lot. I hope you like what you read 😊 I’ve got some boring chore type stuff to do first but I’ll be sure to check out your blog later today as well. Happy reading! X


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