‘The best crime novel I’ve read in a very long time.’ VAL MCDERMID
‘Snap is the best kind of crime novel – it gives you chills, it makes you think, and it touches your heart. I loved it!’ SARAH PINBOROUGH, No.1 bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes
SNAP DECISIONS CAN BE FATAL . . .
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 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, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you.
Meanwhile 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.
But the truth can be a dangerous thing . . .
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I cannot imagine the enormity of how much weight one sentence would have on a little boy. “Look after your sisters, I won’t be long”. The final words that pregnant Eileen Bright said to her 11-year-old son after her car had broken down on the motorway as she shut them in the car to go phone for help. Three years later Jack is still looking after Joy and Merry, well sort of. He has kept them together in the family home but whoa this is a heart breaking world to entre. These images are still playing in my mind, quite a haunting scene and yet keeping the family together is so very important to Jack. It really is surprising what you do to survive, when the alternative just isn’t acceptable to you. I really loved this very dysfunctional, functional family from the start that clung to each other. It is a real tear jerker moment.
When pregnant Catherine wakens one day to find a very unique knife and note by her bed just saying ‘I could have killed you’ it isn’t just a terrifying thought, it jeopardises her past and her future. Pregnant or not Catherine has to find out what it all means. This is so tense as literally felt like she was being watched all of the time. I cringed every time she went out and held my breath when ever she came back.
This is an absolutely cracking story that just keeps you on that fight or flight mode all of the time. It makes you doubt your conclusions even as Jack begins to form an unlikely alliance with a couple of people. To be honest I really liked this part of the story. For me this story opened with a belting story line and it just stayed there until the end and it simply went off the scale! Brilliant characters, especially the children who have so much baggage than you could ever imagine. It just makes you want to huge them so much. Just brilliance
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa and now lives in Wales. She worked as a journalist and a screenwriter before finally writing a book to appease her nagging mother. With her debut, Blacklands, Bauer was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. She went on to win the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work in 2013. Her fourth novel Rubbernecker was voted 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her books have been translated into 21 languages. She also wrote the thriller HIGH ROLLERS under the pen name JACK BOWMAN.