Please Don't Eat the Apple


Sometimes purely entertainment reading is something that I want to do.  It takes my mind off the stresses of the every day.  And when I am feeling like reading one of those books I seek out a good fantasy, science fiction novel, or classic.  But every once in a while I pick out a good mystery.  Everyone can easily grab a Grafton, a Grisham, a Patterson or an Evanovich.  And they would be good fun.  There is even a series of fun mystery novels that have come out based upon fictional characters in a TV series.  But I wanted to find something different, when a title that came across the library desk caught my eye.
Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus came across the library desk.  When I usually think of Snow White I am thinking of a happily ever after, or if I am at Disneyland I may end up thinking about the poison apple.  But I am generally not thinking that anyone would desire the death of Snow White other than an evil queen. So when I began reading the first few pages of the story, beginning with a creepy scene of someone taking care of a person who is not talking, moving on to a prison release, then quickly to another scene of someone being pushed off an overpass on a freeway, I was immediately caught in the tale.

The characters are well drawn and thought out, with good enough back story for motivation.  From Tobias Satorius, the convicted murderer trying to re-establish himself and help out his father, despite the towns hating him, to Oliver von Bodenstein and Pia Kirchhoff, detectives who stumble onto a larger case through investigating the attempted murder at the overpass, to Amelie the teenage girl who is drawn to Tobias because of a desire to have something, anything, exciting happen in her life and eerily resembles “Snow White” the missing and presumed dead girl who Tobias supposedly murdered, the characters that Neuhaus draws are intricate, complex and going through a journey in which they will all connect with each other with death hanging around every corner. 

Neuhaus carefully weaves the tale with overlapping stories.  Each little story from a particular character’s perspective leads the reader to more and more mysteries.  Could Tobias have really blacked out during the murders?  Who is this mysterious individual that takes care of a dead girl?  Why did the man push the lady over the overpass?  Is Tobias actually innocent of the murders to which everyone blames him for?  And can Tobias live any kind of life after this in his hometown even if everyone finds out he is innocent?  Every question leads the reader on a winding maze with an uncertain conclusion.

I was looking for something to take me away and it captivated me almost instantaneously.  Take the Snow White Must Die home for yourself, and watch the time melt away.

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