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About Danya Kukafka
Danya Kukafka is the bestselling author of the novels NOTES ON AN EXECUTION and GIRL IN SNOW. She is a graduate of New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She works as a literary agent.
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Ansel Packer is scheduled to die in twelve hours.
He knows what he's done, and now awaits the same fate he forced on those girls, years ago. Ansel doesn't want to die; he wants to be celebrated, understood.
But this is not his story.
As the clock ticks down, three women uncover the history of a tragedy and the long shadow it casts. Lavender, Ansel's mother, is a seventeen-year-old girl pushed to desperation. Hazel, twin sister to his wife, is forced to watch helplessly as the relationship threatens to devour them all. And Saffy, the detective hot on his trail, is devoted to bringing bad men to justice but struggling to see her own life clearly.
This is the story of the women left behind.
Blending breathtaking suspense with astonishing empathy, Notes On An Execution presents a chilling portrait of womanhood as it unravels the familiar narrative of the American serial killer, interrogating our cultural obsession with crime stories, and asking readers to consider the false promise of looking for meaning in the minds of violent men.
"From its startling opening line right through to its stunning conclusion, Girl in Snow is a perfectly-paced and tautly-plotted thriller... an incredibly accomplished debut." Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
As morning dawns in a sleepy Colorado suburb, a dusting of snow covers high-school freshman Lucinda Hayes's dead body on a playground carousel. Accusations spread quickly and Lucinda's tragic death draws three outsiders from the shadows.
Oddball Cameron Whitley loved - still loves - Lucinda. Though they've hardly ever spoken, and any sensible onlooker would call him Lucinda's stalker, Cameron is convinced that he knows her better than anyone. Completely untethered by the news of her death, Cameron's erratic behaviour provides the town ample reason to suspect that he's the killer.
Jade Dixon-Burns hates Lucinda. Lucinda took everything from her. The worst part was Lucinda's blissful ignorance to the damage she'd wrought.
Officer Russ Fletcher doesn't know Lucinda, but he knows the kid everyone is talking about, the boy who may have killed her. Cameron Whitley is his ex-partner's son. Now Russ must take a painful journey through the past to solve Lucinda's murder and keep a promise he made long ago.
PRAISE FOR GIRL IN SNOW
"This brooding and intense thriller will plunge readers into a dark world they may not want to enter - but they may be unable to tear themselves free" Booklist
"Girl in Snow is not just an impressive debut but one of the best literary mysteries to come along in some time" Bookpage
"Captivating" Marie Claire
"A sensational debut - great characters, mysteries within mysteries, and page-turning pace. Highly recommended." Lee Child bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
Longlisted for the 2018 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger