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.
Brooklyn dog owner and detective story fan. I also enjoy memoirs, short stories and literary fiction.
As a fan of foreign detective stories, how could I pass up one set on the edges of the Black Forrest? Although this is the first Bodenstein & Kirchhoff translated into English, it's actually the 4th book in the series, and you can tell these characters have history together.
from the reviews, some liked this, but I cannot imagine who they are
too many problems to address with a single sentence
they are all weak
When I listen to a book (or watch TV) with my wife, I often make comments about the story, usually in the negative about some inconsistency, error or unbelievable coincidence. I know this drives her crazy, and we usually listen to books that I recommend (she has her books for when she is alone) after a discussion of the expected content and reviews. We like mysteries and Snow White Must Die was such a great title, coupled with good reviews (which I should have read in more detail) seemed like a sure thing.
And at about 12 hours, when it seemed to be winding up, I had hardly made any comments, and most of those were attributable to the translation regarding grammar and the wonderment as to how certain phrases/words like “in cahoots” came to be the preferred meaning from German. At that point, I could have given it 3 stars across the board but would not have put the author on my ‘read’ list.
But it did not end there; it went on for another 4 hours, and as it went on the plot became ever more convoluted and unbelievable. Interminable is the best one-word description. The dialog and character actions do not ring true or in-character, the moralizing is irritating as are the incidents of ‘product placement’, but the biggest problem for me was the use of ‘unlocked doors’. I use the unlocked door as code for a point where the author must solve a particular problem but cannot do it logically so the characters find a particular door conveniently unlocked or open at a critical point so the story can proceed. This is irritating but not uncommon and usually occurs only 1-2 times/story.
In Snow White there are dozens of unlocked doors; like the sister who shows up after 14 years with no motivation at a critical point to unravel a particular question, a locksmith that is available on short notice to help solve a tense problem that has been building for over a week and then (no kidding) a key that just happens to be left in the lock in the final door that leads to the rescue. I’m sure I extended the actual listening by a significant amount by stopping every couple of minutes to comment, snort or roll my eyes at the preposterous story line. I could go into greater detail but do not want to waste any more time on Snow White. My main motivation for writing the review is the great listener guarantee. Even though no reason is required to exchange the book, I feel obliged to audible.com to comment.
In fairness, other than the convoluted plot, my wife did not find the story particularly objectionable. My comments were probably more irritating than the defects noted (even after I pointed them out). When I get to the end of a story that I give 1-2 stars, I go back and read the reviews to see if my objections are singular. Usually they are not, and when the reviews are detailed (not just describing spelling errors), they are better-written than the story.
I would recommend this audiobook because it was entertaining and relatively fast paced.
The plot had a few too many coincidences but if you didn't think too hard it was good.
No. But I have never found any book that I would listen to more then once. I have too many books on my list to read as it is.
Yes it did. Had me guessing right from the beginning.
I liked all of them equally.
For sure. But the only way that could ever happen with any book is when I am driving for our annual vacation.
This was a very excellent read. It had me thinking the whole time and rooting for the main character to not be guilty (not saying he was or wasn't, I just did not want him to be guilty).
Heaven Save Us!
It compares easily to our best American mystery writers. I am now a real fan of Nele Neunaus! The story is multi faceted, has great depth, many characters well defined while it highlights the high cost of human frailty.
no, it is more fun to draw this one out to 2 or 3 days to ponder and enjoy it more.
I am just delighted to be able to read great books like this one from other Countries. Don't miss this one.
Amongst all the audiobooks I have listened to this ranks in the top 20.
I would compare this to Jo Nesbo.
The protanganist was my favorite performance.
I did not have an extree reaction but it was a good read.
Top 10% of the suspense/thriller genre
I would rank this book along with The End of Wasp Season by Denise Mina and Snowman by Jo Nesbo.
I fell for the hype around this mystery. I am a huge fan of nordic mysteries. So I just assumed that Germany is not that far away. How could I go wrong? Well I did and it was. It could have been the translation to English. But the story just seemed to plod along at a unbearable and shakey pace. The concept of the story seemed workable but sadly it died on the operating table. What more can I say? This book was dead on arrival.
Life is too short to read this author again.
Seriously? This book may have been rescued by a skilled editor. But it would have recuired several rewrites and a massive tuning of the plot.
I thought this was going to be a piece of fluff. But it was highly entertaining! There were so many twists and turns. Also, there were so many potential villians and actual villains and victims. It keeps you guessing until the very end!
The narrator's pronunciation was jarring and the story was just awful. Kept waiting for it to get better. It didn't.
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