Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Book Review: Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus

Title: Snow White Must Die
Author: Nele Neuhaus
Enjoyment Rating: ****
Source: Personal Copy
This book would be rated: R- for violence, sex, language, infidelity, murder

When thirty-year-old Tobias Sartorius is released from prison in November 2008, after serving an eleven-year sentence for the murders of two young girls, he doesn't know where to go other than back home to the small German town where he was raised and where the girls disappeared. But other than his father, no one in town is happy to see him. They want to keep the events of the past buried. But Amelie, a seventeen-year-old who has recently come to town, is fascinated by Tobias's story, and his protestations of innocence. She starts researching the events of the past, and within days, she disappears. Is Tobias unable to control his urges now that he's out of prison? Or is the story more complicated?

This is a book that is hard to talk about without giving too much away. For a small-town police procedural, there are a LOT of characters. A couple dozen townspeople, another dozen relevant police people. And since the book is a German translation, lazy American readers like me might get confused. But confusion aside, the book is engrossing. I finished it in one long stretch this morning, while my toddler emptied every drawer in the bathroom and watched way too much Franklin. Honestly, while I found that the story kept me guessing, the complications of the story sometimes seemed a little farfetched. Every time you thought you knew where it was going, the plot twisted. Still, great characters, and a very entertaining read.

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