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Snow White Must Die Audiobook

Snow White Must Die

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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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    Katie Mentor, OH, United States 12-17-13
    Katie Mentor, OH, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "too long, too confusing, too unbelievable"

    For starters how did the main character get convicted when they never found the bodies of the two teenage girls he supposedly killed? Not to mention no one had any idea where these hypothetical murders occurred. I realize that this was set in Germany but I still couldn't get past the lack of evidence that put him away for two years to set up this entire story. Without a body isn't difficult to prove somebody is no longer alive? Let alone that they were murdered.
    Beyond that it never got a whole lot better. There were a lot of twists but they never felt clever because it wasn't believable on so many different levels.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen WORCESTER, MA, United States 11-12-15
    Stephen WORCESTER, MA, United States 11-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Time Capsule"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    In the dialogue of some characters hyperbolic statements are made, like, "You are the only person who could have prevented..., so you are completely responsible for ...", when in fact that person is NOT the only person who could have prevented whatever. This happens more than once and it is usually in police interrogations. Maybe it is meant as a tactic, but it comes of as loose writing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nele Neuhaus? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. The writer is German, but this is a generic mystery - could have happened anywhere. I like mysteries where the geography is important to the plot or the main characters.


    What does Robert Fass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He pronounces the German names (for people and towns and streets) really well - not that I would actually know.


    Do you think Snow White Must Die needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It really ran its course. Possibly another book in a series about the police detectives, but this story can go no further.


    3 of 3 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 2017
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 11-24-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 11-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "My What A Big Cast Well Woven Together"

    So much happening. An engaging back story, two actually... woven into a curious whodunit. Like the medieval feelings that Neuhaus seems to pour over his tiny village life. Not great, just good. Which is always good enough, right?

    5 of 7 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
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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 7 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 2016
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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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    ana monten CLIFTON, NJ, US 07-11-14
    ana monten CLIFTON, NJ, US 07-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Too many players"
    Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

    No the style of writing and story telling remind me a lot of the girls the Dragon tattoo series


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Would've been more enjoyable if there were less characters and focus more on the main characters involved in the plot and on the character development rather than all these long drawn out back stories and all these characters names that just make the whole plot convoluted and unnecessarily complicated.


    What about Robert Fass’s performance did you like?

    I think he portrayed the voices of the characters well when he switched from character to character you already knew who they were even if the name didn't come up. He also portrayed the emotion the characters were going to really well


    Do you think Snow White Must Die needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes and no I feel like you need one more chapter to explain what happens to the main characters not the 2 detectives but the two main characters involved in the crime.


    Any additional comments?

    This really reminded me a lot of the girl with the Dragon tattoo it takes a long time to get going but when it does becomes very interesting. too many characters to keep track of, too many back stories to remember and then you don't get enough emotion or character development and even though you do become invested in the main characters it doesn't pay off in the end because she focuses mainly on the two detectives and leaves the other main characters that you've come to care about to the side. Also too many motives everybody goes down and becomes too convoluted spoiler alert whole town involved in a cover up. I did like how she did describe emotional parts and the characters the way that she describes them you really can pictured in your head what they're going through what they're feeling.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lounge About Seattle 06-24-14
    Lounge About Seattle 06-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brava!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    Thank you!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Liza 06-09-14
    Liza 06-09-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Months later my mind still wandered back to this"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The variety of characters and motivations for their individual actions kept you guessing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tobias - You sympathized with him from the beginning knowing he was wrongfully accused, yet unable to prove it due to his intoxication.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 06-05-14
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2017
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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 3 people found this review helpful

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