I’ve had Snap by Belinda Bauer on my TBR pile now for a couple of years and I’m pleased that I’ve finally got round to reading it.
SNAP DECISIONS CAN BE DANGEROUS . . .
On a stifling summer’s day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack’s in charge, she’d said. I won’t be long.
But she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever.
Three years later, Jack is still in charge – of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they’re alone in the house, and – quite suddenly – of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother. . .
It took me just a couple of sittings to read Snap by Belinda Bauer. I’d heard good things about it, but I was blown away just by how good this book was. It’s definitely one of my favourite crime novels, and I’m now desperate to read what Belinda Bauer writes next.
I really felt for the characters at the heart of this book, Jack and his sisters. The novel opens with a chilling scene after they have been left behind in a car by their mother. She told them she would only be a few moments, but she doesn’t return, leaving Jack in charge of his younger sisters. After reading this opening, I was hooked. A few years later, and the mystery of what happened that day finally edges closer to being solved.
I thought the use of the different time periods worked really well in this book. In the present day, the police are trying to track down a burglar, known to the press as “goldilocks,” who has left them baffled. We also meet Catherine, who is expecting her first child. A chilling crime has happened to Catherine, which ramps up the police’s efforts to track down “goldilocks.” Catherine has disturbed a burglar, but the most shocking thing is the note they left behind saying, “I could have killed you.” Meanwhile, Jack and his family are still coming to terms with what happened to their mother. Jack is desperate to find the person responsible, and it is clear that he is prepared to go to any lengths to achieve this.
This is a really engaging crime novel. I especially loved the characters. I thought Belinda Bauer did an excellent job of bringing them to life and I was captivated by their stories. I really admired Jack. He will do anything to make sure that he and his sisters don’t go hungry. He definitely takes to the role of being the person in charge, and it’s something he takes very seriously. Belinda’s writing kept the pace flying forward, and I found the book very difficult to put down. What I really liked as well was how Belinda pulled all the different strands of the story together, and I thought it was done in a very clever way. I was surprised quite a few times as I was reading.
Snap is definitely a character driven story. I really engaged with them as the plot developed, and I wanted to find out what had happened to Jack’s mother after she left them in the car.
This book will pull you in right from the opening pages, and you need to make sure you don’t start it just before you’re about to go out. This is a top crime novel which I would highly, highly recommended!
Publisher: Black Swan
Publication date: 3rd May 2018 (kindle) 23rd August 2018 (paperback)
Print length: 448 pages
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