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.
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
This was a GREAT read. Finally, after so many simplistic and insipid stories, a truly well written, complex but well crafted detective story. I listened for seven hours, while driving, and had to keep listening for over an hour when I got home, till I could leave the characters. I felt I couldn't leave them hanging by me not listening.
The narator was very good also and added to the tone and pace of the story.
Now that the book is done, I'm desperate to repeat the experience.
Great job, Nele and Audible
I listened to 11 hours straight but had to get some sleep before I got to the last few hours. If this were 36 hours long it would just as good.
Quick summary: 10 year old murder(s) events are revived when the convicted killer returns to his home town and residents who are not happy to see him. The story is very character driven, and the first few chapters had so many characters I confess I started listing them to keep track! The plot twists and turns and it was great fun trying to discern who really killed these girls. Just when I was sure I had it figured out, new evidence came to light and sent the reader off in a new direction. The reader was great and added to the enjoyment of this book. I hope they translate more and use the same reader.
Like many others, I was intrigued by the title, Snow White Must Die. I don't often venture into mystery books, but fortunately my curiousity got the best of me this time. This book, translated from from the German and set in a seemingly quaint German village, quickly shows that village life can be far from idyllic.
What I loved most about this book was that no one in Tobais's village is what they seem and every member is hiding some kind of secret. Tobais's return to Altenhein quickly sets in motion a chain of events which begins to unravel years' old secrets that when uncovered have the potential to ruin more than one person's life. I found the mystery engaging, suspenseful, and more importantly unpredictable.
I hope to hear more from the author soon!
This must be a new form of literary style. Beat your reader over the head with basic simple sentences that simply state exactly what is there, with no imagination, stating simply, in a repeated fashion, what is there. I would say that it is for a 2nd grade reading level but that would be unfair to 2nd grade literature.
It might have had a good story but it has all the flow and lilt of a dirge.
I wasted an otherwise perfectly useful credit and at least 30 minutes waiting for it to break into a novel.
Erstwhile librarian and tech salesperson. Favorite genres - history, biography, and mystery.
Great title but I can’t find much that is agreeable or interesting about this book. The first half was maybe o.k. but it kept going on, and on, and on. I love to read mysteries by European authors for a view into different cultures, but this one really doesn’t do that. There is very little in the way of atmosphere, the characters are either boring or unbelievable, and the reader is annoying. The author doesn’t know how to write either a mystery or a police procedural. Some reviewers have excused the book for being a poor translation from the German - maybe so but there is no excuse to publish it, let alone spend the money to make it an audible book.
I hate to be so negative, so I will say that the reader has a very agreeable voice. But he is totally wrong for this book. He is so matter-of-fact that he lessens whatever foreboding or atmosphere there might be, and, most importantly, he has no business doing any of the voices of the characters. The women’s voices all come out whiney, or silly, and the men all sound sad and weak. The already unlikeable characters are made even more so.
I hope there are better German mystery writers than this.
I might buy another book from him
I like that it was set in Germany.
Narration as very good as always.
It's nice to listen to, but it didn't surprise me considering I pretty much knew what would happen the entire time.
A good editor.
Disappointment that I spent time and money on this "thriller."
I found the plot over-wrought. Dialogue stale (could something be lost in translation?), unrealistic actions and characters.
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