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Snow White Must Die [Kindle Edition]

Nele Neuhaus
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

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‘A must for mystery fans . . . great customer reviews’ The Bookseller



The huge international bestseller – with over 3 million copies sold.



On a wet November day, Detectives Pia Kirchoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to the scene of a mysterious accident. A woman has fallen from a bridge onto the motorway below. It seems that she may have been pushed. The investigation leads them to a small town near Frankfurt, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer.



On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls, Laura and Stefanie (also known as Snow White), vanished without trace from this same village. In a trial based entirely on circumstantial evidence, Stefanie’s boyfriend, handsome and talented, Tobias Sartorius, was sentenced to ten years in prison. He has now returned to his home in an attempt to clear his name. Rita Cramer is his mother.



In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. But when another young girl goes missing, the events of the past repeat themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a dramatic race against time, because for the villagers, there is soon no doubt as to the identity of the perpetrator. And this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands.



‘Ms Neuhaus is Germany’s top-selling crime novelist, and her work is catching on throughout Europe’ Wall Street Journal


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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 ending...an 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: 822 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1447227085
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CBWRYD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, but frustrating 22 Nov. 2014
Format:Paperback
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging without completely convincing 14 Jun. 2014
By tpryan
Format:Paperback
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex thriller with a web of secrets 2 Jun. 2013
By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable 25 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sub Plots Within Sub Plots 16 Oct. 2013
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This novel is set in the German village of Altenhain, just outside of Frankfurt. Tobi Sartorius returns me there following his release from prison where he was serving a sentence for the abduction and killing of two girls aged 17, one of whom was the `Snow White' of the title. The two girls were Stephanie, his girlfriend and Laura, his childhood sweetheart.

Tobi was 20 when he was convicted of their murders although without any bodies or any witnesses he has always protested his innocence. His return is unwelcome to the villagers and when his mother is attacked and seriously injured, Detective Inspector Pia Kirchoff and Sergeant Oliver von Bodenstein arrive to investigate. The more that Pia discovers the more doubts she begins to have about Tobi's conviction 11 years ago. Then a new girl appears, Amelie, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the former `Snow White' and befriends Tobi. When she suddenly disappears it seems that Tobi may be in for another prison spell unless Pia and her team can find the clues to the past in order to unravel the mysteries of present day Altenhain.

This is a pacey, good length novel and the main plot is fairly convincing. The characters are reasonably well drawn. However, there are way too many sub plots within subplots here which for me, by the end, bordered on the totally unbelievable. Unfortunately the fairly inane title of this book rather sets the scene for the finale. The author could probably have written several novels from this one with the amount of motives and jealousies flying about in its pages.

This was quite an interesting book to begin with, but by the end I was wishing it to be over and had ceased to care what else Altenhain had to reveal!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A potent mixture of past and present, lies and threats
A tight-knit community where everyone looks out for each other, bound together by past tragedy. Into this walks Tobias, released from prison after serving his sentence for... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Sandradan1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing book!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Georgia D'Angelo
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I found that I read this book very quickly, simply because I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Lots of twist and turns.
Published 1 month ago by Maeve
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed this book. Easy to read as I am sure it's a translated book into English flows well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a farce!
This could have been a great book but believe me, it isn't. The author has definitely missed an opportunity with this, it is completely let down by bringing in far too many one... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ian in Suffolk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good German crime series
A man has been released from prison after serving ten years for the murders of two girls whose bodies were never found. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alison Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tricky One For Me
This is a tricky one for me. At times it was very, very good indeed and I flew through it yet at others it was just baffling and I wanted it to end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynda Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I nearly gave up on this book because quite frankly the writing is a little dire in places. At times sentences were unclear, cliches have been used, there's a dramatic over-use of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laura Besley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline
Beautifully written. Made me jump with emotions of sorrow, sadness and joy. Very atmospheric. Incredibly unfolded multiple layers of betrayal. Highly recommended. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M Bon
4.0 out of 5 stars Snow White Must Die Nele Neuhaus
Good. Was rather interesting to read though I do not think I'll want to re-read it
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