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Snow White Must Die

Snow White Must Die [Kindle Edition]

Nele Neuhaus
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."..[an] emotional page turner, fueled by unexpected plot twists."--"Kirkus Reviews" "German author Neuhaus makes her U.S. debut with this impressive multidimensional police procedural, which has already been published in 15 countries with more than three million copies in print. Convicted on circumstantial evidence of murdering two vanished 17-year-old girls, 30-year-old Tobias Sartorius returns home to Altenhain, a village near Frankfurt, after serving his 10-year sentence, to find his parents divorced and their lives as hopeless as his has become. The townspeople maintain a mafia-like code of silence to protect terrible betrayals past and present, even as the discovery of the skeletal remains of one of the missing girls leads Det. Insp. Pia Kirchhoff and Det. Sgt. Oliver von Bodenstein to suspect Tobias was innocent. Meanwhile, the two police officers get caught up in personal crises that realistically counterpoint the violence that greets Tobias's attempts to re-establish his life, when yet another girl goes missing and masked villagers nearly kill him. Again and again, Neuhaus inserts the old Grimm fairy tale refrain--"White as snow, red as blood, black as ebony"--that describes Snow White, the role of one of the original missing girls in a high school play 10 years earlier, to underscore the grimmest of human emotions: white for icily plotted revenge, red for raging jealousy, black for homicidal madness.--"Publishers Weekly (starred review") ."..[will]keep readers turning the pages up to the unpredictable addictively engaging mystery filled with suspects, confusion, love, and fear. Sure to intrigue and satisfy mystery fans, especially those who love international crime procedurals.--"Library Journal"""

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In a small town in Germany a boy is accused of murdering his beautiful girlfriend. But this is no fairy story . . .

On a September evening eleven years ago, two 17-year-old girls vanished without a trace from the tiny village of Altenhain, just outside Frankfurt. In a trial based on circumstantial evidence 20-year-old Tobias Sartorius was convicted and imprisoned for the murder of his childhood friend Laura and his beautiful girlfriend Stefanie – otherwise known as Snow White. After serving his sentence, Tobias returns home. His presence in the little German village stirs up the events of the past. Events that the locals would prefer to remain hidden.
When the Sartorius family is subjected to a number of attacks, Detective Inspector Pia Kirchhoff and DS Oliver von Bodenstein are tasked with monitoring the tense atmosphere in the tight-knit community. As the village inhabitants close ranks it becomes apparent the disappearance of Snow White and her friend was far more complex than imagined. Then history starts to repeat itself in a disastrous manner when another pretty girl goes missing. The police are thrown into a race against time. Can they solve the mystery before it’s too late?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 638 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312604254
  • Publisher: Pan (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex thriller with a web of secrets 2 Jun 2013
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Snow White must Die is the fourth in a popular thriller series written by German, Nele Neuhaus. In 2008 Tobias Sartorius is released from prison after serving a 10 year sentence for killing two 17 year old girls in September 1997. He returns to his parent's home only to find that they have divorced, the family business has failed and the locals are far from welcoming.

The Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein, the local police, turn up to speak to Tobias and his father when it turns out an accident they are investigating involved Tobias' mother. Pia requests the file from the murders and spots some inconsistencies; although told not to investigate further evidence indicates that the full story was not told at Tobias' trial.

This is a well told story although one you have to concentrate on; the cast is huge which combined with unfamiliar names can take a while to get used to. The characters are various, the big businessman, the kindly doctor, a few ambivalent parents, an autistic thirty year old who doesn't talk, the goth teenager who starts her own investigation to name but a few. There is also the personal life of Pia and Oliver which clearly has developed over time making me wonder why the decision was made to start four books into a series.

With plenty of intrigue the complex web of secrets is slowly unwound to reveal the truth and not without a few scary moments along the way this large book is perfect holiday reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging without completely convincing 14 Jun 2014
By tpryan
This is am intriguing read and the basic plot keeps you guessing as a young guy returns home after serving a sentence for a crime he may or may not have committed. While I liked the twists and turns and most of the main characters were plausible with interesting side stories there was a feeling by the end that the truth couldn't have been kept hidden for quite so long.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Near Miss. 1 Nov 2014
Snow White Must Die is very nearly a very good book but the story gets bogged down with the Author's almost obsessive need to give background information on just about every major character to the extent that it drifts into soap opera territory far too often.Seemingly it has sold 3 million copies and has rave reviews on Amazon but I found the constant diversions into the characters private lives tedious and frustrating,not least as when Ms Neuhaus sticks to her story it's an excellent read.She also seems to feel the need to over-complicate things and without spoiling the story for those who might read it the ever-growing list of suspects and perpetrators of various crimes leading to seemingly most of the population of a small village near Frankfurt being arrested for various very serious crimes made the whole thing veer perilously close to ridiculous. The "off topic" meanderings about the various characters love lives,planning applications (seriously!!) and past lives annoyed me so much at one point that I put it down with 100 pages to go,read another book,then finished it a couple of days later.the last few chapters just got more and more convoluted as the Author tried to be too clever and pull too many twists.
Having said all that I did enjoy it,even if it did frustrate and irritate too often,it could easily lose 100 pages of irrelevancies about the various characters personal lives and the ending was slightly farcical and predictable. Very nearly a 5 star book but for me deeply flawed,I'd guess fans of Camilla Lackberg will love it,no doubt Cinnamon Buns and the joys of parenthood still making their regular appearance in her books,a great story spoiled by all the padding and and the clunky ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable 25 Aug 2014
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Although a little slow to start, this book improves rapidly as the reader is immensed in the absorbing storyline. Tobias Sartorius is released from prison after serving 10 years for a double murder, convicted on circumstancial evidence. Soon after he returns to his parents' house, local resentment erupts, intending to make his life a living hell. The locals have closed ranks to hide away their many secrets, secrets that must remain hidden at any cost. Then another girl disappears, just like the two that are still missing, the truth still buried deep in the past. I was hooked on this book from start to finish, it is the first I have read from Nele Neuhaus. I do love the way she writes and the twists at every turn. In one word, brilliant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, but frustrating 22 Nov 2014
This is the first book I have read by Nele Neuhaus, and I am not 100% convinced. You can get the outline of the story elsewhere, so I won't repeat that, but it is immensely complicated and detailed, and not always in a good way. I was reminded of the old American comedy Soap (Confused? You will be ...) Two barriers get in the way of a good read here - one is the long list of German names, which all sound a bit unfamiliar and samey to an English reader, and it is therefore difficult to remember who is who (and who is married to who, and who had an affair with who, you get it). (I had the same problem with the Swedish names in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.) The second is the clunky translation, which is over-wrought and descends into cliché far too often. I'm assuming it's the translation rather than the author, as she seems to get good reviews elsewhere. The plot is intriguing, if not always believable, although I have to say I had spotted the main plot twist about a third of the way through. The characters are a bit too obvious, too - the beautiful girl who turns out to be bad, the kooky girl who is the hero's saviour, the hard-bitten cop with marital problems - seen 'em all before. And yet there was a lot to keep me interested and I kept reading to the end and didn't want to put it down, and I will certainly be up for anything else by this author if it comes my way. Annoying and intriguing in equal measure, and a good holiday read. With reservations ...
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