I listen to a lot of books and mysteries are my favorite. Snow White Must Die is now in my topic twenty.
What I like most about Snow White Must Die is it kept me guesstimating and miss predicting, who’s the villain?
I have not had the pleasure to listen to Robert Fass perform before but would listen to him again. He made it easy for me to recognize each character.
My extreme reaction to this book is it held my interest throughout a weekend.
The book It is worth the money.
His voice puts character in the story. Some narators can't do that. I know it must be hard to be a narator but he's ok
I am a married grandma of ... Um...8! I deliver papers every night and listen to audio books much of the time. I love my job! The kids come with sometimes and they listen to some stuff I get.
I was pleasantly surprised by the intricacies of the characters, the great plot and suspense. Sure hope we hear more from this author!
Yes, providing the narrator is as good as Robert Fass, the narrator of this book. His reading enhanced the story.
Characters multi-dimensional and very believable. Story line plausible and interesting.
Tobias Sartorius and Pia Kirchoff.
Yes, but of course I was not able to do so.
I will be watching for other books written by Nele Neuhaus...good stuff.
Probably third, after The Help and Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.
It felt like a "younger and lighter" Girl with the dragon Tatoo. A young edgy , kind of Goth-girl tries to help the older, attractive main character solve a mystery which gets them both into some trouble.
One of the best
It's to long to listen to in one sitting but you don't want to put it down.
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 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!!!
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.