I have never been a believer in the "if it saves one life" reasoning but if I can save just one person from suffering through this book, this review will have been worth my time. As this is the author’s US debut, I spent much of my time wondering if the author thinks we call prison in the United States "the slammer" or if that is a term they use over there. I can overlook quite a bit in the spirit of entertainment but there isn't a single worthwhile character (or motivation) in this book. I finally decided that there was no conceivable ending that could justify finishing…I gave up with about an hour and a half to go.
I will be frank. I picked this because the title intrigued me. I looked up a review and I thought I would give it a whirl. I enjoy books translated as they are a different cadence and change order slightly differently from books I normally read.
I will not spoil the story for anyone, but the characters are intricately woven into a believable narrative that enhances the characters. Deception is a constant companion for many characters and the reader is taken all over the place to try to figure out the complex nature of the story. If you like them bloody and complicated, this is the story for you. The characters are also a nice mix of older and younger people so it is not lopsided.
I will look for this author again. I did find a few strings that weren't tied up in the story. If I had the book before me I could look up certain sections to straighten things out in my mind but not so with a long listen.
i loove great books especially mystery and suspense and gregg hurwitz
i would definitely recommend this book, great suspense and story line, what more can a girl ask for?
this book reminds me a little of Gregg Hurwitz the crime writer
this is my first listening by this author but looking forward to more
I dont want to give anything away, don't want to spoil it for others but every chapter has a suprise.
you will not regret this book
What a wonderful story. Well written, well told and it holds the reader in suspense to the last. Of course it has a happy ending, but could easily have a sequel. Highly recommended and I am happy I found a new author.
After all the awards and write-ups I thought this was going to be very good -- it wasn't. Very slow paced and dull. Too many people, too much detail. I kept wishing a good editor would red line most of it. Don't waste your time or money on this.
He added identifiable personality to his characters. This really helps with the enjoyment of an audiobook
Say something about yourself!
I was blow away by the complexity of the story. It had me guessing from the first page to the last. The plot twists and characters were so well developed and slowly exposed throughout the book. It was suspenseful and difficult to turn off. One of the best suspense/mystery novels I've listened to in a long time. It had the same gritty/original feel as, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
I very much enjoyed my first Nele Neuhaus book and I hope to soon find more of her novels available in english. In the begining I was tempted by the name of the book but once I started listening I found myself deeply entertained and I wound up sitting and listening much longer than I had expected. It is a little different than my usual reads but it is probably even more entertaining (there's that word again!). I refuse to talk much about the story because I will probably destroy some of the beautifully woven pieces, so I will only say that, for me, it would be worth twice the credits that it cost. I say that because I think Nele must of spent a great amount of time weaving this novel and I don't mind paying more to experience it's beauty.
Thank's for reading my thoughts on "Snow White Must Die". P.S.: For those that want to know, there is not much bad language or graphic violence to be found. Sure there are murders and such but Nele included them just how this father of two kids prefers, with taste and respect. "Snow White Must Die" is a bit of a throw back to the older mystery writer days that produced so many great writers, less junk and more quality! Good job Nele, I would let my older teen read it, and that's not too easy to say these days.
I would recommend this book to a friend. It is suspenseful and keeps you guessing up to the end. You think you have it figured out, and then the story takes another turn!
I didn't want to stop listening! I really hoped it wouldn't end.
There need to be more audibooks available by this author.
YES, I really enjoyed it, I loved the pace and characters. I wanted to keep listening every day but in this case I am sad my commute is not 15 hrs long :)
They all work together really well, I couldn't pick a favorite.
I did not enjoy how short the breaks were in between chapters or voices. It was hard to follow at times because it seemed like just another sentence pause but after a few moments I would realize we changed voices and tones. It was confusing throughout the book because of the reader. I enjoyed his voice and tone but really did not appreciate the too short pauses in between chapters.