Snow White Must Die (Bodenstein & Kirchhoff #4)
by Nele Neuhaus
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 hometown. 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.
Oooh boy, this is a novel with some serious action!
Snow White Must Die was the kind of thrilling mystery that held your attention throughout the entire book. It is almost impossible not to finish this in one or two sittings; it is the kind of storyline where you NEED to know what happens!
This novel begins with questions, and takes off with a vengeance. The writing was powerful; it assured the reader had a wide buffet of all emotions to be experienced in their reading. Some moments were quite graphic and very frightening, but they served their purpose in moving the storyline along with a steady flow.
I really liked the continuous questions the book sprang on the reader. Character Tobias was released from jail after serving a sentence for murder, but did he actually commit it? The question of his innocence is a main topic throughout the story. I found my mind reverting back and forth between innocent and guilty with every change of chapter.
It is interesting to see how his community reacts to his release. It really shows the ugliness of humanity.
I think if I say anymore I will spoil the entire story. This is a book that makes you want to talk! I have found myself sharing the story with friends being so excited about it’s dramatics I have spoiled the storyline!
So hush hush, no more from my lips about the plot!
All I will say is, this story is a nail biter. The descriptive writing draws you right into the bed of lies, greed, violence, conspiracy theories and the path to justice.
I loved it!
I cannot wait to read more from this up-and-coming talent, she has perfected her craft and I expect only the best from her future releases.
There are a number of serious twists and turns as the author connects the path with the present. It is some seriously delicious mystery writing! This is the perfect story to be taken to the big screen and made into a film!