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Snow White Must Die

(Bodenstein & Kirchhoff #4)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  9,955 ratings  ·  1,263 reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Dan Hurwitz
Mar 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Book forced me into a hate triangle composed of the author, the translator, and myself. Of the three, the strongest emotions were directed against myself for continuing to endure the pain of listening to the book to its very end.

Out of respect to a fellow author, I cannot bring myself to blame him for the inane comments that kept emphasizing things that would be obvious for any reader above the age of six. Surely these had to be less mind-numbing in the original German if they appeared at all.

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Published in English as: Snow White Must Die

Sentenced to a 10-year stint in prison, 30-year-old Tobias is finally free to take his life up again. With a supportive father and a childhood friend aiming for more, he tries to get back on his feet. His old neighbors however, are nowhere near happy to have him back, and let him and his parents feel their scorn at every opportunity. How could they just accept a child murderer back in their midst?

angry mob

This was a surprisingly intense book, especially since m
I am not the reader I used to be, and I don't know if that's a good thing or not. Five years ago, three years ago, maybe even eighteen months ago, I would have enjoyed this book for what it was: a perfectly serviceable cold case police procedural, albeit with a few odd elements in it (I don't know what the German statute of limitations looks like, but I'm pretty sure it's harder to waive it over here). I don't know what's gone wrong but I can make a couple of educated guesses.

Guess the first: I’
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
When I started this book I was what I'd call "mildly interested". It's not the type of book I'd call my "favorite" though I do like a good thriller now and then. The synopsis peaked my interest and I sent to the library for it.

From the beginning I was drawn into the prose (translation) and interested in the characters. I had to get comfortable with some of the German names but that's a small thing and only requires the mind to shift into the book's "mode". This book is one of those rare volumes
Ever since Stieg Larson's Millenium trilogy hit it big, it seems like the mystery shelves have been flooded with a ton of imported mysteries and thrillers, all attempting to capture lighting in a bottle for a second time.

Of the translated thrillers I've read over the past couple of years, it's Snow White Must Die that not only captured me and wouldn't let go but also left me hoping that the rest of this series will get translated and published in America ASAP. Simply put, Snow White is one of th
Skin as white as snow, hair as black as ebony and lips as red as blood… Snow White Must Die is far from a fairy Tale. In a small German town, after serving 10 years for the murder of two 17 year old girls, Tobias Sartorius is released. The town is not happy with his return and when another pretty girl goes missing the suspicion obviously is put on him. As the police race to find the missing girl they start to discover things are not as black and white and maybe Tobias isn’t the killer they all t ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
WOW! What an absolutely stunning thriller! I had planned to read the latest book published here in Sweden (I AM YOUR JUDGE), but before that did I want to read the ones published in Swedish first. I was a bit confused at first before I realized that this actually is books four in the series. Which explained why it felt like you have missed a lot in the characters personal life (and cases they discussed in the book). Personally, would I have loved to read the books from the beginning, but I'm sti ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
When a German novel has been translated into lumpy and plodding English, who does one blame? Is it the author or the translator? After all, if the book was originally written in lumpy and plodding German, surely it behoves the translator to them render it in similar quality English? That would be the best representation of the book, after all. But what if the translator isn’t that good? What if, no matter how scintillating, poetic or beautiful the original German, this particular translator can ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I was moderately interested in this story. I found it intriguing for a time. But I also found it puzzling to finally get to who actually committed the murder. I will be honest I did find that aspect a little long winded. There was some good suspense but by the end I had enough and the last few chapters were odd. There certainly seems to be a strong view of the author to young girls which really I found unlikeable and irritating. And the approach that they both died because they flirted or lead m ...more
Rheama Heather
Jan 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF. Just couldn’t get interested.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Skin as white as snow, hair as black as ebony and lips as red as blood… But this is no fairy story… In a small town in Germany a boy is accused of murdering a beautiful girl. But does a “wicked queen” lurk in their midst? 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 child ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
When I started this book I was what I'd call "mildly interested". It's not the type of book I'd call my "favorite" though I do like a good thriller now and then. The synopsis peaked my interest and I sent to the library for it.

From the beginning I was drawn into the prose (translation) and interested in the characters. I had to get comfortable with some of the German names but that's a small thing and only requires the mind to shift into the book's "mode". This book is one of those rare volumes
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Snow White Must Die is the first of Nele Neuhaus's crime novels featuring the police detective team of Oliver von Bodenstein and Pia Kirchoff to the be translated from her native German into English, though the fourth in the bestselling series.

A complex and thrilling mystery, Snow White Must Die begins with the release of thirty year old Tobias Sartorius from prison after serving ten years for the murder of two seventeen year old girls. Convicted solely on circumstantial evidence, when the body
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Snow White Must Die
Nele Neuhaus

My "in a nutshell" summary...

A ten year old crime comes to the surface again when the convicted man...Tobias... is released from prison and returns to his home.

My thoughts after reading this book...

OMG...what a fast paced thrill ride this book was. I never tell the story of a mystery. Mysteries are best left for the reader...the guessing, the action, the surprise, the fear...just the sheer joy of discovering who the real bad guy is...such lovely fun! This book b
L.A. Starks
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was very glad to have this book recommended by the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller group of Goodreads. I particularly liked the setting, where Switzerland is next door and Berlin is "the big city."

Without giving any spoilers, there was a bit of cliché in the characters and an unbelievable twist at the end--the reason for four stars instead of five--but I look forward to reading other books by Nele Neuhaus.

I recommend this as a great "locked-town" mystery in an unusual location.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First I want to thank Dion for the recommendation!

My rating is more 4.5 only because it's a series and this isn't the first one. At times I felt I was missing some history.

I haven't read a mystery in a long time that I was wrong on every hunch and it's not like this has a lot of crazy plot twists or unreliable narrators. It's at times eerie and causes nail biting. If you like complex plots and stories of redemption I highly recommend.
E. H. Nathasia
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
So good, unexpected! Recommended thriller read!
aPriL does feral sometimes
Detective Inspector Pia Kirchhoff is about to embark on one of the saddest cases she has ever run across. Unaware of tragedies she will unearth, she is called out to view the bones of an unknown individual discovered in an old underground jet fuel tank on a former military airfield at Eschborn, Germany. Her partner and boss, Bodenstein, hasn't been himself lately, and Pia finds herself taking the lead on the case as secrets begin to unravel.

Another body, seemingly unrelated to the discovery at t
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, read_2013, own
SNOW WHITE MUST DIE is a German crime novel full of complex twists and tangled webs of lies. An eleven year murder resurfaces when the convicted killer is released back into the small town community and a 17yr old goes missing. However, something much more harrowing and sinister is unearthed as Detective Inspector Pia Kirchhoff digs deep into the investigation eleven years earlier and discovers holes in the prosecution. Revisiting the case yields new information and the discovery of a deep seede ...more
The title of this book ensured that it had to go on my to-read list, who could resist something as stark as this? I assumed that it was likely to be in the style of some of the Scandi crime novels that have taken over the crime world; and in many ways I was right to make this assumption. Set in small town Germany, in the shadow of the mountains this is a very dark story about a double murder and the lengths the locals go to to ensure that the truth remains hidden. This is the fourth story in the ...more
Darlene Quinn
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Excellent story with phenomenal twists. My favorite way to enjoy a story is with a book in my hand, however, I have recently become an avid fan of audio books, finding I am able to enjoy many more books and authors in this manor (while on a walk, in the car, getting dress, and a myriad of mindless tasks) Although the narrator of this novel was very good, he did not clearly indicate changes in chapters or scenes, therefore due to being unfamiliar with German names, audio was not the best choice f ...more
Ivi Oltovska
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
amazing book nowadays shes the queen of thrillers best of the best favorite book
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A long, moderately involved police procedural that reads throughout (at least in the English translation) as if it's sorely in need of a final polish.

Ten years ago young Tobi Sartorius was sent to prison for the murder of two teenage ex-girlfriends on a night when he was drunk to the point that he later could remember nothing of what might have happened. Still, the circumstantial evidence against him was so strong that even he believes he must have committed the double slaying. Now that he's bee
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
With "Snow White Must Die" (Minotaur Books 2013), Nele Neuhaus shows the reading world that she can spin a tale steeped in small town politics, local culture, European geography, and that places the reader at the epicenter of a grisly mystery. Does that sound easy? It's not, proven by how many failed authors litter the literary highway. If Neuhaus keeps writing like this, she won't have to worry about failing.

This is the tale of a double murder where a high school boy is found guilty and sentenc
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I must confess that I almost returned this book unread after picking it up from the library. The description sounded lurid. What had made me reserve this book? That's the problem with long term library reserves. You see a book, reserve it from the library, wait patiently for your turn. A couple of months or longer have passed, and you forget why you asked for it to begin with! Well, I'm glad I didn't return it.

The book is written by a popular German author, Nele Neuhaus, someone I hadn't heard
Helensvale Library
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sam, mystery
This amazing novel begins with a question and takes off with a vengeance. I found it on the library's Hot Reads stand and after reading the back cover blurb I just had to read it. Snow white must die is a thriller, a mystery and was a violent and heart wrenching experience for me. Oh but I am so happy to have read it as I really enjoyed the power of the writing - how it frightened me and how it kept me thinking about the characters even when I had to stop reading to do other things. I couldn't k ...more
Geraldine O'Hagan
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Far too long for such a basic story. Two interchangeable teenage girls disappear. Since we know little about them other than one looked like Snow White and one didn't, it's hard to be too upset. Local Golden Boy Tobias Sartorius is imprisoned for the crimes, and therefore obviously didn't commit them. After an 11-year pause for plot development he is released. Then there are some more murders/disappearances. Policeman whose wife is cheating on him and Policewoman who has problems with building p ...more
Diane S ☔
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
The murder of two girls, a young man who may not be guilty is released after spending 10 yrs. in jail.
This German crime novel is a complex thriller, without all the gore that usually accompanies these. A one time or another I thought almost everyone in this novel was guilty of something. The tone is sinister, as is this village. A good read and series for mystery lovers of psychologically complex thrillers.
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was a real page-turner!
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Trying to put the many pieces of this mystery together as the author provides more and more clues at just the right intervals makes for great escape reading and a nice balance of armchair detecting with a satisfying dose of unpredictability. If you lean more toward a suspenseful thriller, than a cozy mystery, I highly recommend this author.
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