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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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
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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.
I honestly cannot think of anyone.
Not unless I was forced to.
The performance was fine. The plot, the characters, the research all could have been much better.
About half of them, randomly.
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.
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.
Great book for fans of Girl With a Dragon Tatoo series. Similar genre - less creepy.
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.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
When reading the description for this new detective series, I felt that it would meet all my criteria for a great mystery series: interesting place, intriguing title, police procedural and unique story. It started off so well that I started calling friends to tell them to grab this new book. Well, now I am embarrassed because I will need to follow-up with my friends to let them know that the last half of the book does not hold up to a good beginning.
I was more than half way through the book thinking everything was going well when I noticed that the detectives, Oliver von Bodenstein and Pia Kirchhoff, were not particularly smart for detectives (well, maybe Oliver more than Pia was not so brilliant). I kept thinking anyone would have figured out the main mysteries and filed their reports before it reached a ridiculous crisis point. As I was listening, I kept wishing I had a notebook to write down all characters and extra plot twists that weren't really necessary in the end. I can't say I hated it, but I was so glad when it was finally over. Not sure I will continue this series unless there is some proof the writer can start off strong and finish strong with her story.
The narrator was underwhelming. The female voices were annoying, and I would have enjoyed a German accent to get in the mood. I think some of the dialog was very awkward. I probably should blame the author and not the narrator for some of the ridiculous conversations.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
Too many story lines are not interesting if they don't tie together into one coherent story. I almost stopped listening halfway through when it became obvious the writer was reaching for intricate and coming up only with ridiculous and irrelevant.
The narration was awful, making this bad book even worse with exaggerated emotions and plodding tones.
I want my credit back, as for my time I've no one to blame but myself, I should have stopped listening.
This is a Very good story, in that it keeps you interested, surprised, and involved. It has a wonderful flow, and the reveal isn't what I was expecting. I will continue looking forward to Ms Neuhaus' books.
I would also like to add that the translation from German to English was done very well.
Yes. The variety of characters and motivations for their individual actions kept you guessing.
Tobias - You sympathized with him from the beginning knowing he was wrongfully accused, yet unable to prove it due to his intoxication.
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