He read female characters's voices snivelling and whiny.
There are probably spoliers in this review, sorry.
I bought this one because I love a good mystery and it was highly rated. I can't get past one plot hole that happens very early in the book. They are looking for someone who has pushed another character into the path of an on coming train. They have servelliance footage, they take a still shot around town to ask if anyone knows who it is. No one knows and they are obviously lying. The only people that wouldn't lie, the protagonist and his father, they don't ask them if they recognize the man in the photo...argh.
Along with plot holes, it's like a bad romance novel at times. All the women (and girls!) fawn over Tobias. He has a famous actress who has loved him forever and who seems to be up for sex 24/7. The teen girl neighbour is sexually attracted to him and there's much detail on her desire for him. I'm not ignorant to the fact that teenagers have sexual desire, it just wasn't necessary in the least. There are subpluts involving the detectives that didn't seem too out of place but they are both unlikable.
I'm sure something is lost in the translation of this novel but I'm not sure a better translation would have helped. I do think a different narrator would have. I just did not enjoy listening to this one at all and could not finish it.
Was very interesting and held my attention for about three quarters of the way through. As it approach the end it just felt like it was never going to wrap up. By the last chapter I didn't care.
Say something about yourself!
I thought this was a good mystery. Some of the writing was a bit corny with the character dialog. It would be difficult to explain without giving away the story. Still, it didn't take away from the quality of the plot. Worth the read.
Neuhaus has a way of making his characters interesting from the beginning. You are almost immediately drawn in to the story. Just when you think the story is about to end, you realize the book is only halfway over and there are more mysteries to resolve. The police are drawn as real people with real problems and foibles providing a wealth of characters with which to identify. The narrator has one of those voices that might be monotonous were it not for the fact that he does a really good job of making each voice discernible as a different person. His women's voices are just as believable as the men's. I would recommend these books to anyone who loves a good mystery.
Long and very repetitive, to be generous a lot of it might have been in the translation, but still . . . I think this is Ms. Neuhaus' first novel . . . may have to listen to another one just in case, maybe it was a combination of the translation and the narrator . . .
Just finished Moving Day by Jonathan Stone read by Christopher Lane, wonderful book, fantastic narration !
Nope said about all I can say about Snow White Must Die . . . give it a pass.
I usually figure out the 'doers' very early on. This story has many twists and turns even down to the last minutes. Since I listen to books while I'm driving, this book had me finding reasons to drive distances.
The narrator did a fair job.
Nele Neuhaus's thriller is translated from German to English and Narated by Robert Fass. A crime novel set in 2008 tells the story of a small village in Germany where a man has just been released from prison after serving 10 years for the death of two 17 year old girls. In the ten years since he was convicted his parents have broken up, his father has closed the family restruant, and the majority of their land holdings have been sold off.
There were never any bodies found and Tobis Sartorius was convicted on circumstantial evidence alone. After his release he comes home and soon after his mother is pushed over a bridge into the path of a moving car. Police Detectives look into the case of his mother being pushed over the bridge and begin seeing inconsistencies in the stories told by the villagers.
Then another young girl disappears and Tobis is the first person questioned. The facts about Tobis, the village people and the untold stories that have been hidden for ten years start to unravel. What is really going on in this small village.
The story unfolds and the mysteries of the past being forth a great mystery. What could keep a town silent and send a man to prison? Will it happen again?
Snow White Must Die is a great listen and is an excelent mystery.