I absolutely loved this novel by Nele Neuhaus, which was as much a character study of the worst of small town life in Germany as it was a mystery story. Lots of engaging characters and interesting plot twists combined with good writing and atmospheric descriptions of the scenery and homes. I think it's not much of a spoiler to say that you know from the beginning that Tobias must have been framed, but listening to it all unravel kept me hooked to the very last minute of the highly satisfying conclusion. I grew up in Germany and can say that the scenes and descriptions are very authentic. The translation was well done and the narration was outstanding. Highly recommended!
Enjoyed the roller coaster of "who did it", you think you have it figured out and then a new twist appears. I struggled with trying to keep the characters separated, but this was due to not being familiar with German names. I would have to pause to think, "okay, which character is this". Was a slow start, but the story picked up speed and then I wanted to keep listening so I could find out the newest twist. Robert Fass was a great narrator and did well with keeping the characters separated. I found him very easy to listen to, he transitioned from one character to the other seamlessly.
Excellent listen, constantly pointed to new person of interest. And lots of bitter endings.
It has it all love, hate, destruction, nervous anticipation and death. Well written few things could have been left out but not much! (Was written in German and translated to English )
It's easy to get lost by trying to keep the characters straight while listening to a very nasal narrator. I almost gave up because the narrator was honestly grating. Why listen to a book where you can't take the narration and don't remember who is who doing what from chapter to chapter?
BUT...Fass's performance gets very good (maybe he had a cold in the beginning on top of his natural nasal tone?) and the story is so layered, and believably so, that it becomes an overall exceptional listen.
Best since "girl with the dragon tattoo".
Entire story was both dramatic and believable -- a combination rarely achieved in mystery novels. Pieces of the puzzle got solved throughout the book which was satisfying while continuing to keep the mystery going. The side stories were so interesting I didn't feel frustrated that there were digressions from the main mystery as I so often do.
He made the story come alive without being so full of emotion that the listener felt distracted.
The book was riddled with them.
Although the book was long and completely satisfying in it's ending I didn't want it to stop. I look forward to her next book.
Yes, there was good character development; it kept me guessing how it would end the entie time.
yes, it was well written.
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.
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.
He added identifiable personality to his characters. This really helps with the enjoyment of an audiobook