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.
No the style of writing and story telling remind me a lot of the girls the Dragon tattoo series
Would've been more enjoyable if there were less characters and focus more on the main characters involved in the plot and on the character development rather than all these long drawn out back stories and all these characters names that just make the whole plot convoluted and unnecessarily complicated.
I think he portrayed the voices of the characters well when he switched from character to character you already knew who they were even if the name didn't come up. He also portrayed the emotion the characters were going to really well
Yes and no I feel like you need one more chapter to explain what happens to the main characters not the 2 detectives but the two main characters involved in the crime.
This really reminded me a lot of the girl with the Dragon tattoo it takes a long time to get going but when it does becomes very interesting. too many characters to keep track of, too many back stories to remember and then you don't get enough emotion or character development and even though you do become invested in the main characters it doesn't pay off in the end because she focuses mainly on the two detectives and leaves the other main characters that you've come to care about to the side. Also too many motives everybody goes down and becomes too convoluted spoiler alert whole town involved in a cover up. I did like how she did describe emotional parts and the characters the way that she describes them you really can pictured in your head what they're going through what they're feeling.
I know that this was a translation from German to English but I'm not sure that it was a good one. It was extremely slow moving with bits about characters that had no effect on the main characters of the book.
Probably not. If it had not been an audio book I would have never finished it.
I have to admit - I was attracted to the book because of its unique title. Good story, good listen.
This novel was overall enjoyable. The characters were nicely drawn, the plot, basically holds together to its own internal logic. There were a few flaws and weirdly misplaced clues, but overall, nice.
My only criticism of this novel is that it dragged a bit in some places. One of the drawbacks to audiobooks.
I recommend it. Not for the reader who wants something quick and light. It's a bit more intense.
Yes. My wife loved it, too. The author is well known in Germany and I'm sure she will develop a following in this country.
No major highlight, it was all good.
This was a terrific book ,. Very well performed by Nele Neuhaus & a very pleasant surprise. The story is interesting, full of twists & turns, many of which will surprise you when you least expect & a real page "turner"
I would not try another book from Nele Neuhaus.
He was ok, but the story was boring
The narrator was ok
this book was way too long. every time I thought the story was wrapped up and over--it just jumped on to more. It could have been way shorter and more entertaining.