Snow White Must Die takes place in a small German town where a man has just returned after being released from prison. Tobias served 10 years for killing his girlfriend and his ex-girlfriend although he has no recollection of the murders. His return reignites a lot of anger in the community that shunned his parents after the trial. While Tobias tries to help his father restore their home, he becomes friendly with a teenager who has moved into the home of one of the dead girls. So of course, that girl disappears and Tobias is the prime suspect.
ever get the chance, I'd like to ask publishers why they insist on
publishing foreign series out of order when acquired for the United
States. Just as Simon & Schuster did with Liza Marklund's Annika Bengtzon series, Macmillan has started the Bodenstein and Kirchhoff
series by Nele Neuhaus in the middle. As I read Snow White Must Die, I
kept wondering why the author was spending so much time writing about
the personal lives of the detectives investigating the case. The
details seemed extraneous and detracted from the plot. Eventually I
looked up the book online and discovered that Snow White Must Die was
originally published in Germany as the fourth book in the series. So I
decided to give Neuhaus the benefit of the doubt and believe that I
actually would be interested in the otherwise boring subplots had I been
able to read the books in proper order. Even with that assumption, the
plot of this mystery was lacking. Even when people's lives were in
grave danger, there was no urgency to the writing. I never felt any
tension, which a murder mystery with the culprit still unidentified
really should have.
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