In the midst of the freezing Arctic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s dark room and finds a stash of wet, crimson-colored money. Thousands of Euros left to dry—splattered with someone’s blood.
Lumikki lives alone in a studio apartment far from her parents and the past she left behind. She transferred into a prestigious art school, and she’s singularly focused on studying and graduating. Lumikki ignores the cliques, the gossip, and the parties held by the school’s most popular and beautiful boys and girls.
But finding the blood-stained money changes everything. Suddenly, Lumikki is swept into a whirlpool of events as she finds herself helping to trace the origins of the money. Events turn even more deadly when evidence points to dirty cops and a notorious drug kingpin best known for the brutality with which he runs his business.
As Lumikki loses control of her carefully constructed world, she discovers that she’s been blind to the forces swirling around her—and she’s running out of time to set them right. When she sees the stark red of blood on snow, it may be too late to save her friends or herself.
- I loved the location and the setting of the story. It was awesome, I have always been intrigued by that Ukraine, Russian environment. It just seems so secret and foreign.
- I loved Lumikki, she was an awesome MC. I loved her solitude, her attitude, but her soft spot that really got her stuck in the whole situation in the first place. I love how she has trained herself to be unseen and unheard.
- The mystery was intriguing and I kept wanting to sit in my car and keep listening so I could figure out what was going to happen next. The whole drug kingpin, bad cop, innocent bystander all make up for good keys to the story.
- When the story started with who translated the story to English, I was really worried that the whole story would just be lacking, that the world-building would fall apart and there would be no distinct flow. I was wrong. The story did so well in translation.
- I grabbed the story because I was under the impression that it was a fairy tale re-telling. I didn’t really see any resemblance of Snow White, other than she was helping others, in the story. Lumikki’s name means Snow White, but that was really all the fairy tale that was in the story.
- The mystery was a bit confusing sometimes. There were multiple POVs, which I like, but at least in the audiobook format, it was sometimes really hard to tell who was talking and what part of the story we jumped to.