Sunday, 20 May 2018

Book Review - Snap/Belinda Bauer



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 . . . 

About The Author

Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa. She has worked as a journalist and screenwriter, and her script "The Locker Room" earned her the Carl Foreman/Bafta Award for Young British Screenwriters, an award that was presented to her by Sidney Poitier. She was a runner-up in the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition for "Mysterious Ways," about a girl stranded on a desert island with 30,000 Bibles. Belinda now lives in Wales.

Review

I will start by saying at every point through this book I found myself thinking "Poor Jack!" He is just a young man trying to look after his sisters. Jack does whatever he can to provide for them, not always legal, but he tries his best. He has to keep one step ahead of everything and everyone, including the authorities. At the same time he is trying to find out what really happened to his mother and just like he will do anything to look after his sisters, he will do anything to find out what happened to his mother.

The story is told from two perspectives, Jack's and Catherine's, and shows what is going on in both of their lives. Catherine is expecting a baby and her life has just got more complicated than she could ever have imagined. She learns things that she would never see coming and it rocks the foundations of her life.

The main police officer who features in the story I wasn't too keen on at first, but by the end he had really grown on me. His character development was something I found interesting and a pleasure to read. There are a few secondary characters involved, and I felt these were all well written and really added to the story the author was trying to tell.

Although I did enjoy the book and couldn't put it down, I did have some unanswered questions at the end. Overall a really good read and one I couldn't put down.

One thing I love about being a member of NetGalley is I get the chance to discover new authors. Belinda Bauer has been added to the list of authors whose work I want to read more of (this list is growing longer and longer each month!). Thank to NetGalley and the publishers for the chance to read and review.



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4 comments

  1. Great review Emma! I nearly requested this myself as the blurb really appealed, sounds like it didn’t disappoint!

    Melanie | www.frasersfunhouse.com

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