This is definitely not a home run type book but it is at least an entertaining run of the mill mystery novel.
There are definitely a few premises or plot lines that are a little ridiculous or as another reviewer put it too coincidental. I think if you can accept that and go on and enjoy the story, you will enjoy it.
It's not something that makes me want to go out and look for another book by this author, but if I see something that has good reviews I would give it a try.
The narrator does a good job, nothing spectacular, nothing aggravating.
Overall I would recommend the book. It's a solid story and worth the time and credit - just don't expect a big hit.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
Too many story lines are not interesting if they don't tie together into one coherent story. I almost stopped listening halfway through when it became obvious the writer was reaching for intricate and coming up only with ridiculous and irrelevant.
The narration was awful, making this bad book even worse with exaggerated emotions and plodding tones.
I want my credit back, as for my time I've no one to blame but myself, I should have stopped listening.
This is one of those instances where I wish Audible allowed reviewers half stars. This one really deserved 2 ½. (I reserve five stars for absolutely-loved; four for really-liked; three for OK; and 1 for did-not-finish…Leaving 2 stars to cover both finished-but-hated-it and finished-but-did-not-really-like-it. The two are really quite different and this one is more of the later.)
The plot is unbelievable. It starts with the accidental discovery of a skeleton in a construction site. The body, of course (you kind of expect it, so I don’t think this is a terrible spoiler), happens to be one of two girls murdered 11 years earlier. Coincidentally (there are way too many of these coincidences throughout the book), the guy who was convicted of the murders has just been released from prison after serving a ten-year sentence. There is a traffic accident involving his mother and the two bumbling investigators go to his village to investigate.
The investigators are apparently the stars of the series (this is the first to be translated, but not the first in the series). Quite frankly, I am shocked they have a following. They are absolutely incompetent as “sleuths.” At one point, the author writes: “The pieces of the puzzle were falling in place as if by themselves.” And that is precisely what happens. It seems that everyone in the village is guilty of something or another and everyone confesses or gets discovered purely by chance. There is one instance, I kid you not, where the suspect disappears and the two "investigators" say to each other (I paraphrase): “I thought you were taking him to the station!” “What? I thought you were!”
There are also some things that are never fully explained. (Why one character hid a will that would have made his family rich, for example.)
I found most of the characters, even the protagonist, unlikeable. Our "hero" went to prison after getting so drunk eleven years earlier that he simply could not remember what happened during an entire night. And yet, mere days after getting out of prison, he proceeds to do the exact same thing! If ten years in prison for a crime you don’t remember committing don’t cure you of binge drinking, what will?
I didn't really hate the novel but it is, at best, mediocre. Like I said, two-and-half stars: Finished it but did not really like it.
I really enjoyed the character development. Many unforeseen twists. I was so disappointed to be nearing the end, that I looked up more books by the author and already ordered the next book. Can't wait to get started on it.
This has been one of the top three I've listened to
I never knew what to expect from this story. I was enticed the entire time
As this book is a murder mystery, I appreciated that the narrator sounded like he was presenting a 48 Hours or Dateline
Even when I wasn't listening, I was thinking about the book. I was very invested in the characters. To be honest, I am still sad it is over.
Well worth a credit for anyone who enjoys thrillers and mentally engaging novels.
I chose a five star rating because I really enjoyed this book. The plot twists were plenty and having lived in Germany, I was delighted to hear about the various German towns and streets in the story.
I commute daily and I caught myself regularly almost being late because I didn't want to stop listening. I heard this is part of a series so I'm so excited to listen to the rest.
A complex plot with lots of sub plots and no ability to really guess what was going on until the end. Likeable and dispicable characters in one small town. This audio book was gripping and I have signed up for book number 2.
Persnickety, curmudgeonly, locked into a long daily commute which is mitigated somewhat by listening to great books.
In the dialogue of some characters hyperbolic statements are made, like, "You are the only person who could have prevented..., so you are completely responsible for ...", when in fact that person is NOT the only person who could have prevented whatever. This happens more than once and it is usually in police interrogations. Maybe it is meant as a tactic, but it comes of as loose writing.
I don't think so. The writer is German, but this is a generic mystery - could have happened anywhere. I like mysteries where the geography is important to the plot or the main characters.
He pronounces the German names (for people and towns and streets) really well - not that I would actually know.
No. It really ran its course. Possibly another book in a series about the police detectives, but this story can go no further.
Neuhaus has a way of making his characters interesting from the beginning. You are almost immediately drawn in to the story. Just when you think the story is about to end, you realize the book is only halfway over and there are more mysteries to resolve. The police are drawn as real people with real problems and foibles providing a wealth of characters with which to identify. The narrator has one of those voices that might be monotonous were it not for the fact that he does a really good job of making each voice discernible as a different person. His women's voices are just as believable as the men's. I would recommend these books to anyone who loves a good mystery.