Snow White Must Die is a psychological thriller combined with a crime mystery. In the book, Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are detectives investigating a strange traffic accident. A woman, Rita Cramer, was pushed from a bridge onto the car of a passing motorist below. Cramer is from a small village outside Frankfurt, Germany, and the detectives find a bigger mystery once they arrive in her hometown.
Cramer's son Tobias Sartorius has just returned to town after serving a prison sentence for the disappearance and murder of two teenage girls eleven years before. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff, along with the rest of the town, suspect he's the guilty party when another young woman turns up missing. Tobias, however, doesn't remember the first murders and claims to be uninvolved in his mother's accident and the newest disappearance.
The residents of the town know more than they are willing to admit to outsiders Bodenstein and Kirchhoff, however, and this hampers the investigation. Small town people have small town minds, at least in this case. Working without the support of the townspeople, the two detectives find unexpected connections between the new cases and the murders more than a decade before.
Author Nele Neuhaus is well-known in her native Germany for her Bodenstein and Kirchhoff series of psychological thrillers about the male and female detective team. Snow White Must Die is the fourth of six books Neuhaus has written about the pair, but it is the first to be translated into English. It is already an international best seller. The translation was done by Steven T. Murray.
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 home town. 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.
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