Series: Bodenstein & Kirchhoff #6
Published by Minotaur Books on January 21, 2014
On a hot June day the body of a sixteen-year-old girl washes up on a river bank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered, but no one comes forward with any information as to her identity. Even weeks later, the local police have not been able to find out who she is. Then a new case comes in: A popular TV reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives, barely, and is able to supply certain hints to the police, having to do with her recent investigations into a child welfare organization and the potenial uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society. As the two cases collide, Inspectors Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein dig deep into the past and underneath the veneer of bourgeois society to come up against a terrible secret that is about to impact their personal lives as well. In Nele Neuhaus's second U.S. publication of her enormously popular series, tensions run high and a complex and unpredictable plot propels her characters forward at breakneck speed.
Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus could be described as a Dr Phil episode on child abuse. It is disturbing, yet a train wreck that one cannot tear away from.
Impressions While Reading
Pia and Oliver are back and just as sharp as ever with a nail-biting crime at hand. The novel had me from the beginning, and did not let go to the end. I enjoyed the extended characters in Bad Wolf and were all a bit creepy. One complaint, which I have expressed in other reviews is that Neuhaus has a tendency to call characters by their last name. As several characters are related to one another and therefore have the same surname it can get a little confusing.
Otherwise, Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus was a fast paced, enjoyable thriller that I would recommend to those who like novels with a psychological flair.