Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 7, 2013 - Book Review – Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus


Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Crime/Mystery

Overview from Amazon.com
“Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus is a tremendous new contemporary mystery series and huge international bestseller—with more than 3.5 million copies in print!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.

An atmospheric, character-driven and suspenseful mystery set in a small town that could be anywhere, dealing with issues of gossip, power, and keeping up appearances.”

Review
4 out of 5 Stars

I would have given this story 5 stars except that I found the story incredibly slow and painful for the first 4 chapters.  Some of the difficulty was a result of the sheer number of characters that were being introduced and trying to keep track of how things connected.  Initially, I started reading this story months ago but I had to put it down because I just couldn’t get absorbed into the story.  Earlier this week I picked it back up because I finally felt up for a complex mystery.  Let’s just say that I am very happy I gave this story another go and didn’t  give up on it permanently.  Maybe it was the mental break or maybe it really was that after the 4th chapter the story really started to pick up in pace and got interesting.  I read the rest of this story in just a few days and every time I thought I knew who was in on the murders 11 years ago and who was behind the recent missing persons, I was wrong.  Then even near the end when I was right… I still didn’t have the motive.

I can see that I will look for another book in the Bodenstein & Kirchhoff series.



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