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.
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.
Twists and turns. Well developed characters
Narrator did not clearly delineate a change of characters from scene to scene. Story would run together and it was hard to tell the change in characters and scenes
This was a great whodunnit mystery, with characters i enjoyed and plot twists which kept me guessing, and an ending that did not disappoint me. However, the story was translated from german, and the language was sometimes clumsy. The translator chose to use american slang where straight english would have been much more appropriate. For example, he frequently refers to prison as ''the joint'' when this term is delivered by a narrator who sounds rather like a mincing and timid math teacher, it sounds pretty silly. Also, since the book is by a german author, it is therefore populated by characters with names i found difficult to remember; Bodenstein, Shnaeberger, Lauterbach, and Freuleigh, kept getting mixed up in my mind. (please forgive the spelling) Despite the occasionally stilted language, and the german names which sometimes frustrated my ability to keep the characters straight, I thought this was an excellent book.I recommend it to anyone who likes a good murder mystery.
I am a 62 year old mail carrier who has had her sanity saved by audiobooks
well since i figured it all out in the first hour of listening... i guess a more complicated plot
written it better...his characterizations are very good but it was just so damn predictable
very good narrator... keeps the swedish flavor without losing u in the accent
well if u have not listened to the millenium trilogy then it would be a better listen... i was expecting more... maybe in vain...maybe the trilogy is the best swedish authors have to offer
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