Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I chose to read this book because of a review I read by Oline H. Cogdill that ran in a local paper. The reviewer highlighted the "engrossing plot, intriguing characters and unpredictable twists" and spoke of a "large cast of characters with depth and compassion". The review ended with the sentence "It is storytelling at its best."
In retrospect that seems like somewhat high praise, but it was a good book with good description and an interesting story. The fact that it was translated to English from German is impressive as there is little that would indicate it is anything but an original work in English.
It is a story of the lingering effects of the murder of a pair of girls on a small German village. It explores issues of community, power and influence, trust, friendship and duty. It moves along at a steady pace, never really dragging or bogging down. There are enough gaps to keep you guessing as to just what is going on and how it will resolve itself and the conclusion is satisfying.
It is definitely worth the read.
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