"Books Fall Open, You Fall In"
I rated this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
I received this book for free from NetGalley.
This is the true account of the murder of Brigitte Scholl and the subsequent trial of her husband, Henrich Scholl, who was accused and ultimately convicted of her murder.
It’s always hard for me to write a review on a true crime book because I don’t want to give anything away. Prior to reading this, I had never heard about this case. Not really surprising though since it happened in Berlin. The story was very well written and followed the lives, both together and separately, of Henrich and Brigitte Scholl. Henrich came from a very abusive and neglectful upbringing to eventually becoming one of the most successful mayors in East Germany. He was respected and treated very well by all, with the exception of his wife. Brigitte was used to getting what she wanted in life, was treated very well growing up, and came off as spoiled. Their marriage was one of convenience. She did not dote on her husband much or at times even treat him fondly. Henrich remained the dutiful husband regardless, and when he was arrested for murder, seemed a most unlikely suspect.
I honestly can’t say that after reading this I got a sense of whether or not Henrich killed his wife. Since it was written in third person, it was hard to get a real feel of who he was personally. As far as the case, the evidence really wasn’t there and the witness testimonies were conflicted. There was some scandal and infidelity but no sudden revelations or even other suspects. At least it didn’t mention any. It was also hard to garner much sympathy since Brigitte really didn’t come off as a very likable individual. Overall though, it was still a very intriguing story, was detailed, and an interesting look into Henrich and the life he lived prior to and during his marriage.
Total pages: 157, Kindle edition
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