Snap

Snap

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From award-winning crime writer Belinda Bauer, "the true heir to the great Ruth Rendell" [ Mail on Sunday (UK)], Snap is a gripping novel about a teenage boy's hunt for his mother's killer.

Jack's in charge, said his mother as she disappeared up the road to get help. I won't be long. Now eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters wait on the hard shoulder in their stifling, broken-down car, bickering and whining and playing I-Spy until she comes back.

But their mother doesn't come back. She never comes back. And after that long, hot summer's day, nothing will ever be the same again.

Three years later, Jack's fifteen now and still in charge . . . alone in the house. Meanwhile across town, a young woman called Catherine While wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note reading I could of killed you . The police are tracking a mysterious burglar they call Goldilocks, for his habit of sleeping in the beds of the houses he robs, but Catherine doesn't see the point of involving the police. And Jack, very suddenly, may be on the verge of finding out who killed his mother.

A twisty, masterfully written novel that will have readers on the edge of their seats, Snap is Belinda Bauer at the height of her powers.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©2018.
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780802127747
Characteristics: 335 pages ;,24 cm

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njon38
Jan 13, 2019

This was compelling and heartbreaking. It begins with 11 Jack in charge of his two sister after the car breaks down and pregnant mother goes to call for help. she is killed, father has a breakdown and disappears leaving Jack to keep the kids out of the hands of social services. He does so by breaking into homes and at one home sees the unique knife that killed his mother in one of the homes.

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dsw3914
Dec 31, 2018

I was ready to write good things about this one up until I finished it anyway. The first 98% was a good mystery that stayed away from the action/thriller category but the ending was not good at all. Nothing was completed, it just ended. I have no idea of the final outcome of the investigation or who did what to whom. It sort of seemed like she was setting things up for Snap Part 2 or something. One odd thing was that some conversations between the 2 main cops were almost comedic at times. If you remember Smokey and the Bandit, it reminded me at times of conversations between Sheriff Buford T. Justice and his son, Junior. It just ended up being a strange book.

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toby65
Sep 15, 2018

Disappointing. May be on the Booker long list, but I found this
really quite boring. I love Val McDermid's work, and she apparently
thought this book was wonderful.
Sadly, I did not.

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jeanie123
Aug 21, 2018

I don't usually go for police investigation novels, and there are plenty of obnoxious police characters in this book, but the story of the brilliant 14-year-old burglar, Jack, caught my heart from the very beginning and is so engaging that I couldn't put this book down for long. All the characters in this book are flawed and damaged and real. Don't let anyone tell you that if you loved Girl on a Train you will love this book. This book is far superior in my opinion.

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darladoodles
Jun 28, 2018

This book surprised me. From the tragic beginning to the quirky characters and dark circumstances, this book is full of twists and turns and moments of humor. We see Jack Bright persevering -- trying to be the one in charge of his family at the age of fourteen. Alongside of his story is that of Catherine While. It takes a bit for us to comprehend how their narratives are intertwined and then we are hooked. A very unusual investigation and full of surprises.

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