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.
The mystery in this book was very intriguing and as things started to unravel near the end I was hooked to finish it. However I wish that this book would have just focused on the mystery. There were so many other stories going on with so many characters, I feel like the book really needed to be put through a filter so you could just get the meat of the story! I think the book could have done without all the various characters' side stories. It was often very choppy. Also there are too many characters. It was hard to keep track of who everyone was. When referring to the main characters, the author would go back and forth between referring to them by their first names, and sometimes their last names, and so it was sometimes confusing. To top it off, with all the names in the book being Swedish, it was hard to recognize them.
Also, the detectives and police often seemed like bumbling keystone cops.
While I stuck with the book and wanted to know how it would end, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
The book was entertaining, but the story had gaps and characters weren't well-developed. Next time, I'll go with Tana French.
I am not sure that I would. The prose is wooden and it could be a translation issue. On the other hand the plot was convoluted and seemed to take forever to resolve all the different threads, and not always very convincingly.
Yes, This was a good listen. The charters are well developed and the story moves along at a good pace.
The story itself, and the intrigue.
Snow White Must Die...nuff said
I would not try another book from Nele Neuhaus.
He was ok, but the story was boring
The narrator was ok
I gave up on this novel, after reading a review of it on Amazon that basically echoed the negative thoughts I was having about it. When I checked my progress and reacted with dismay to find I was not quite halfway through, I realized this might have been a bad use of a credit.
I don't know if this novel was translated badly, or had not very good writing that was translated efficiently, but it was full of strange, awkward phrasing and characters that somehow managed to be unlikeable and of flat effect at the same time. Aside from translation issues, I found myself saying, "Really? That makes no sense." on a regular basis just at the events that were being described.
It's times like these that I wish I had a written copy so I could quote from the book, but for example: The main character Tobias, convicted at a young age of a double murder, "does his time in the joint" and returns to his hometown. He has served ten years, the "maximum sentence for a juvenile" under the penal code. Ten years for two murders? Wow. The townspeople are heavily invested in making him leave town immediately, despite the fact that he is in fact obsessed with cleaning up his father's dilapidated property asap so he can sell it…and leave town. Instead of just clarifying his plans with him over a cup of coffee, they send three masked thugs to beat the crap out of him and "send him a message". After tying him up, stripping him, tightening a noose around his neck, blindfolding him and then beating him with baseball bats, they paint the word "Murderer" on his bare chest with red spray paint. Despite the gruesomeness of this attack, relayed in great detail, all I could think of was, "wow, it might be easy to spray paint the word murderer on a wall, but across a man's chest? That seems like a fairly delicate operation to accomplish with a can of spray paint. ". But maybe I don't do enough tagging in my neighborhood. But that is not even the nonsensical part.
So this character sustains a beating that should have put him in the hospital, but what happens the next day? He's up and around, with a messed up face, but definitely ambulatory. Mobile enough, in fact, to go out that night and getting roaring drunk with friends. "Friends?" I thought at the time…he's got friends? The double murderer who just got out of "the joint" a couple of weeks ago? The town pariah who apparently everyone secretly hated and envied for his dashing good looks and brilliance back when he was just a youngster with murder on his mind? Not one of his friends visited him in prison except the tomboy that secretly loved him as a girl and is now a famous actress.
This is just ONE part of this novel that left me scratching my head. I won't go on with this review, because in fact, I didn't go on with this novel either. I couldn't even summon enough energy to keep going just to solve the puzzle. When your novel's plot is so dependent on plot reversals and crazy coincidences that it just doesn't really hold together, you have not done your job as a mystery writer, and your readers are the ones left twisting.
I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.
I would read another book with caution. The book's premise was complex and quite interesting. However, it just wouldn't end because there were so many twists and turns that needed concluding. A little less complication would allowed the ending to come sooner ending on a higher note but still satisfying.
The story was strong enough with adding more and more twists.
Just my opinion...but this story was a fail.
Not really. Took too long to get going...lost my interest quickly.