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Snow White Must Die | [Nele Neuhaus]

Snow White Must Die

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, January 2013 - With a title like that how can you not be intrigued? Already an international bestseller, Neuhaus's US debut has garnered plenty of pre-release buzz for taking well-worn mystery staples (cold case, small town, unfriendly populace) and artfully weaving them together into something altogether fresh, with a story that keeps readers on their toes till the end. —Michael, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 06-05-14
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "I enjoyed my first German crime writer"

    First time author, Nele Neuhaus, a German crime writer. I read somewhere that Stieg Larsson with his "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series started the Scandnavian rush of crime writers that are becming so popular in the US. That might be the case as I'm reading authors from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and now Germany and I've enjoyed them all. I would include Britain in this group except that, in my opinion, the British invasion of all aspects of our American lives started over 200 years ago so they don't count. But, it seems American publishers are rushing to Europe to discover the best authors, finding good translators for them, and in the case of we that listen to them finding good narrators as well. I didn't really know what to expect with this author. The book was set around Frankfurt so somewhat familiar. In the beginning when the story began to unfold seemed pretty obvious what had happened and who had done it and that's was the case. But then the author begins peeling back the layers of the crime, time after time, where in the end she wrote a really engrossing story that kept my interest, kept me thinking about it when I wasn't reading wondering what was going to happen. The title was pretty catchy as well. I enjoyed it and will look forward to the next one in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 03-19-14
    Calliope 03-19-14
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    "didn't see that coming, again and again......"

    This is pretty much a German version of a classic British genre -- murder and mystery in a small village where everyone knows everyone else and they're all hiding each other's secrets. That's good; I like that type of story, and this one doesn't disappoint - mostly. If anything, it's a little too convoluted, with new revelation after new revelation. Still, I liked the mystery, the main characters, and the narration, and I enjoyed the glimpse into German life and lifestyle a little (this is the first German novel I've "read").

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 08-15-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2007

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Just OK"

    I was unaware that this was a book in a series until writing the review, but lacking that knowledge and the previous stories did not distract from the main story of the book, although now I understand why some of the details of the main characters seemed to be missing.

    The story is slow to start and it isn't until more than half way through the book that it becomes compelling. The quantity of characters also made the story hard to follow, remember who was who, how they were connected, etc.

    All in all, it was ok, but I wasn't blown away as other reviewers have been. I probably won't pick up the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 07-04-13
    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 07-04-13

    I Luv Audible!!

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    "A Good Read!!!"

    Initially I was skeptical about listening to this book based on the reviews some listeners wrote. But alas! they are wrong! I truly enjoyed the book. It had enough suspense to keep you hooked. The plot was witty and when you thought you had figured out the guilty parties wham! you are wrong and the twist and turns continue. Overall a good listen

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Houston, TX 02-11-13
    Pat Houston, TX 02-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Love Audible! Besides that, have a great husband, 3 married kids and 5 perfect grandchildren! Live in Houston and love STL Cardinals!!!

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    "Twists and turns to the very end"

    I enjoyed the book, although I am certain if I spoke German, or was more familiar with the German names, I might have given it 5 stars all around. It was a good story that kept my attention though out.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John L. Walston north carolina 02-07-13
    John L. Walston north carolina 02-07-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Horrible Book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I honestly cannot think of anyone.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nele Neuhaus again?

    Not unless I was forced to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was fine. The plot, the characters, the research all could have been much better.


    What character would you cut from Snow White Must Die?

    About half of them, randomly.


    Any additional comments?

    When I read books translated, I make allowances for slightly awkward phrases. It actually adds to the sense of place to hear technically correct but not commonly used words in dialogue and descriptions. Whoever translated this book did not do a great job though.

    I am aware that the book is set in Germany and that police procedures differ from country to country. But I find it difficult to believe that German police get indictments and let conspirators roam the village just because they must be free for the purpose of the plot. That they ignore people who have impersonated a police officer to destroy evidence until it is convenient to bring them in.

    Severe autism is the same in Germany as it is in the US I assume. The idea central to the plot that well to do family would allow a physician to give the kind of drugs the author would have the reader believe is absurd. The idea that the patient being given the drugs would behave as the author would have us believe is even more absurd.

    I assume prisons in Germany are not full of boy scouts. The protagonists comes after 10 years and is the biggest woosie on the planet. He is beaten up by guys and a girl. He does no behave the way any man who has served time in my humble opinion.

    I wanted to stop about half way through but the look-at-the-train wreck effect made me finish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 02-03-13
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Why Did I Even Bother Finishing This?"

    I'm not the type of person that pushes through bad books but for some reason I did with Snow White Must Die. I was initially intrigued by both the title and the story but that quickly went away. My biggest gripe with Snow White Must Die are the major plot holes. Within the first hour the novel wants you to believe some pretty huge blind leaps of faith.

    Combine that with some murder mystery staples, memory loss, famous actress, towns people, and this just felt like your run of the mill murder mystery. I'm not sure what the early praise was for this book because I just didn't get it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Woodman 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "excellent story and narration"
    What other book might you compare Snow White Must Die to and why?

    Great book for fans of Girl With a Dragon Tatoo series. Similar genre - less creepy.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 02-01-13
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Meh"

    This is one of those instances where I wish Audible allowed reviewers half stars. This one really deserved 2 ½. (I reserve five stars for absolutely-loved; four for really-liked; three for OK; and 1 for did-not-finish…Leaving 2 stars to cover both finished-but-hated-it and finished-but-did-not-really-like-it. The two are really quite different and this one is more of the later.)

    The plot is unbelievable. It starts with the accidental discovery of a skeleton in a construction site. The body, of course (you kind of expect it, so I don’t think this is a terrible spoiler), happens to be one of two girls murdered 11 years earlier. Coincidentally (there are way too many of these coincidences throughout the book), the guy who was convicted of the murders has just been released from prison after serving a ten-year sentence. There is a traffic accident involving his mother and the two bumbling investigators go to his village to investigate.

    The investigators are apparently the stars of the series (this is the first to be translated, but not the first in the series). Quite frankly, I am shocked they have a following. They are absolutely incompetent as “sleuths.” At one point, the author writes: “The pieces of the puzzle were falling in place as if by themselves.” And that is precisely what happens. It seems that everyone in the village is guilty of something or another and everyone confesses or gets discovered purely by chance. There is one instance, I kid you not, where the suspect disappears and the two "investigators" say to each other (I paraphrase): “I thought you were taking him to the station!” “What? I thought you were!”

    There are also some things that are never fully explained. (Why one character hid a will that would have made his family rich, for example.)

    I found most of the characters, even the protagonist, unlikeable. Our "hero" went to prison after getting so drunk eleven years earlier that he simply could not remember what happened during an entire night. And yet, mere days after getting out of prison, he proceeds to do the exact same thing! If ten years in prison for a crime you don’t remember committing don’t cure you of binge drinking, what will?

    I didn't really hate the novel but it is, at best, mediocre. Like I said, two-and-half stars: Finished it but did not really like it.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-25-13
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-25-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Solid Mystery"

    This is definitely not a home run type book but it is at least an entertaining run of the mill mystery novel.

    There are definitely a few premises or plot lines that are a little ridiculous or as another reviewer put it too coincidental. I think if you can accept that and go on and enjoy the story, you will enjoy it.

    It's not something that makes me want to go out and look for another book by this author, but if I see something that has good reviews I would give it a try.

    The narrator does a good job, nothing spectacular, nothing aggravating.

    Overall I would recommend the book. It's a solid story and worth the time and credit - just don't expect a big hit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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