I'm not the type of person that pushes through bad books but for some reason I did with Snow White Must Die. I was initially intrigued by both the title and the story but that quickly went away. My biggest gripe with Snow White Must Die are the major plot holes. Within the first hour the novel wants you to believe some pretty huge blind leaps of faith.
Combine that with some murder mystery staples, memory loss, famous actress, towns people, and this just felt like your run of the mill murder mystery. I'm not sure what the early praise was for this book because I just didn't get it.
I never listen to the same story twice.
No I sensed in the beginning that the main character was innocent.
none of the above
This is the first book of German author, Nele Neuhaus, to be translated into English. She's a bestselling author in Europe, and destined to be bestselling in USA also, if this book is any indication of her story telling ability. All the things that make for the best mysteries are within this one book, plus many more intricacies and red herrings that make this a superior mystery!
In a small German town, a young man returns home after serving his ten year sentence for murdering two girls, whose bodies were never found. The townspeople want nothing more than to have him leave again as soon as possible. They have already ruined his parent's business and his parents have separated. Thankfully, a wealthy businessman and a woman who made it big in acting, have believed in him and helped him and his family to scrape by. But shortly after his return home, bones are found in an old oil tank in a military base, sending police to report that one girls bones have been found. Things go from bad to worse.
What makes this police procedural so terrific is the interaction of the personal lives of the police team with the intricately involved lives of long time families within the small town of the murdered girls. Nothing is as it seems at first, second or fifth glance. One of the big city policewomen comes to believe that the wrong person may very well have been convicted of these crimes, but no one within her police devision or in the small town are buying her doubts.
I read lots of mysteries and usually enjoy them greatly even though I can usually figure them out way before the 'revelation' scenes. One of the best parts of this book is that the 'reveals' happened over and over again because they were all so convincing, but were all so wrong. There were thrilling scenes upon thrilling scenes. The interactions between the townspeople combined with the personal interactions of the police personnel and their families made for great characterizations much above the normal mystery. A wonderful new find for the English speaking audience!! If I spoke German, I would order all her books from Germany NOW, and not be waiting anxiously for the next translated Nele Neuhaus book!!!
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
When reading the description for this new detective series, I felt that it would meet all my criteria for a great mystery series: interesting place, intriguing title, police procedural and unique story. It started off so well that I started calling friends to tell them to grab this new book. Well, now I am embarrassed because I will need to follow-up with my friends to let them know that the last half of the book does not hold up to a good beginning.
I was more than half way through the book thinking everything was going well when I noticed that the detectives, Oliver von Bodenstein and Pia Kirchhoff, were not particularly smart for detectives (well, maybe Oliver more than Pia was not so brilliant). I kept thinking anyone would have figured out the main mysteries and filed their reports before it reached a ridiculous crisis point. As I was listening, I kept wishing I had a notebook to write down all characters and extra plot twists that weren't really necessary in the end. I can't say I hated it, but I was so glad when it was finally over. Not sure I will continue this series unless there is some proof the writer can start off strong and finish strong with her story.
The narrator was underwhelming. The female voices were annoying, and I would have enjoyed a German accent to get in the mood. I think some of the dialog was very awkward. I probably should blame the author and not the narrator for some of the ridiculous conversations.
Like other reviewers, I felt that the translation from German must have left some of the nuances of the writing on the cutting room floor. Consequently, the language seemed stilted at times. That said, it was an interesting diversion, with many characters and personalities - and a story that moves forward at a quick pace. The character count was a challenge for any narrator and Mr. Fass did an admirable job.
Say something about yourself!
Ridiculous twists and turns with not one character you can buy into
Narrated it like a soap opera, over the top with drumroll and all
I went into this book expecting a Jo Nesbo like read. There were some similarities but most notable was the lack of violence in this book. Not a bad thing just an observation.
The title of course is what first got my attention. Then the book drew me in pretty quick and I couldn't put it down. There were familiar themes and characters but the story lines crafted is what was most interesting. Just when you thought you had it figured out there was a new thread. The book seemed to go on and on unnecessarily but as each new thread was revealed you were again pulled in and intrigued .
I enjoyed the book a lot. I didn't love it but would recommend and I'd be interested in another from this author. I read that this is book 4 of 6, though the first translated in the states.
I am only half way through but it has many twists and turns - great development of characters and great development of empathy for the players in this intriguing mystry
a actual story line with an narrator that does not put you to sleep
not sure anyone could have made it a story with interest
nope - nothing redeemable about it including the fact i couldn't return it and wasted a credit.
Audible's return policy is NOT true - it does NOT work when you try to return so be weary of this book as to it is just plains horrid.
Absolutely. Excellent listen.
The plot kept me guessing. There was so many suspects to choose from, it was hard to pick just one or two or three...
The scene in the diner when one of the conspirators decides they must act and takes it upon himself to...
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