On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer.
On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace. In a trial based only on circumstantial evidence, twenty-year-old Tobias Sartorius, Rita Cramer's son, was sentenced to ten years in prison. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff discover that Tobias, after serving his sentence, has now returned to his home town. Did the attack on his mother have something to do with his return? In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. When another young girl disappears, the events of the past seem to be repeating themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a race against time, because for the villagers it is soon clear who the perpetrator is - and this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands.
©2010 Nele Neuhaus (P)2012 AudioGO, Ltd.
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.
Terrible. The translation is awkward and the reading is uninteresting. I repeatedly thought (and hoped) that it was almost over, only to be disappointed. Way too many meandering stories about way too many characters who you just can't bring yourself to care about.
...but I found that fun. A lot of reviewers have commented on the myriad twists and turns and how they found it unbelievable. I tend to find most mysteries slightly unbelievable, so I just decide if the author kept me guessing and gave me enough to entertain me. This one definitely did.
I disagree with the idea that you didn't have enough information to make a good guess as to who done it. You did, but it wasn't breezy by any means. I'm guessing the translation made it a little cluttered, but all in all it kept me at my desk editing photos, which is what I ask from my audible books.
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