Snap by Belinda Bauer

Title: Snap

Author: Belinda Bauer

Pub Date: 2018

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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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 …

Snap is a tense reading experience! It’s been a while since booked forced me to loose my sleep because the story was so engaging and gripping. I needed to know what will happen, the book didn’t let me put it down! It’s a great mystery novel with a unique story line that brings a lot of freshness to the genre.

Please be prepared, this is a sad story. Three children left alone in a car, on a hot day waiting for their mum to come back with help. Mother never comes back… Three years later children are still together, but struggling. They are in emotional pain, they are left behind, they are hiding from society and living in their own world. The pain of loosing their mother is unimaginable, and each of them is dealing with it differently.

The cast of characters in the book is exquisite! The are well developed and multidimensional. It’s a rare thing to see a mystery novel where the characters are not black and white, those are the good characters we should root for and those are the bad characters we should despise. Here characters are unique, they behave in unexpected ways that gives us a glimpses of they backstory. Those characters build the story and bring you an a ride.

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