July 15, 2015
As White as Snow, by Salla Simukka
The heat of the summer sun bakes the streets of Prague, but Lumikki’s heart is frozen solid. Looking to escape the notoriety caused by the part she played in taking down Polar Bear’s crime ring, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson escapes to Prague, where she hopes to find a few weeks of peace among the hordes of tourists. But not long after arriving, she’s cornered by a skittish and strange young woman who claims to be her long-lost sister. The woman, Lenka, is obviously terrified, and even though Lumikki doesn’t believe her story—although parts of it ring true—she can’t just walk away. Lumikki quickly gets caught up in Lenka’s sad and mysterious world, uncovering pieces of a mystery that take her from the belly of a poisonous cult to the highest echelons of corporate power. On the run for her life again, Lumikki must use all her wits to survive, but in the end, she just may discover she can’t do it all alone.
After all of the craziness of “As Red as Blood”, “As White as Snow” starts out with Lumikki taking a well deserved vacation. Unfortunately, things don’t quite work out as planned when a stranger appears, knowing too much about her. This book has all kinds of twists and turns. The story held my interest throughout and I couldn’t wait to find out how everything worked out in the end. This was very well written and you really feel for all that Lumikki goes through. Can’t wait to see what dangers lurk ahead for her in the next book!
Winner of the 2013 Topelius Prize, Salla Simukka is an author of young-adult fiction and a screenwriter. She has written several novels and one collection of short stories for young readers, and has translated adult fiction, children’s books, and plays. She writes book reviews for several Finnish newspapers, and she writes for TV as well. She lives in Tampere, Finland.