Nele Neuhaus is a best selling author in Germany, only two of her books have been translated into English so far. I hope that all are, but not too soon as I have many books to read. These books distract me from my scheduled reading list.
When police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein begin investigating an attempted murder of a woman pushed from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath, they discover her son has just been released from prison for the murder of two seventeen-year-old girls. Could there be a connection to the current attack? They travel to the small village where the victim lives to find out and encounter a wall of silence. Getting nowhere in the village, other than finding out Tobias Sartorius is hated by virtually everyone in the village, Kirchhoff begins reading the old case file for leads.
In a small village, everyone knows everything about everyone, but many are determined to keep it to themselves. Then another young girl disappears. The police are in a bind now because the villagers are ready to take matters into their own hands.
There is a lot going on in this book, the investigations, problems between investigators, personal problems. Ms. Neuhaus does a good job of weaving all those factors together while not losing sight of the main storyline, the disappearance of the young women.