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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  16,026 ratings  ·  2,247 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Transworld Digital
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Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is on the Man Booker Prize Longlist!!!

Belinda Bauer weaves a dark, atmospheric and bleak crime story in the style of the darkest of fairytales, set in the West Country in Somerset. It is inhabited by a Goldilocks burglar, a child so traumatised, that he is drawn to homes with their pictures of happy families, living their lives of security and love, the antithesis of his own sorrowful, despairing and traumatised life. He is known for sleeping in children's beds of the homes he breaks into.
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Paromjit

Yes, yes, ALL OF THE YES. This book was exquisite! It's been a hot minute since I've read a book by Belinda Bauer, so clearly I had forgotten that she is a crime writing queen meant to rule all of the land. In a sea of novels claiming to provide "a twist so shocking you won't see it coming", she quietly places a superior story that doesn't rely on gimmicks or tag lines in front of us and patiently waits with neatly folded hands until we're through reading. Seriously, this book is such a
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
“A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty.”
― Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

It's 1998 and the opening scene sets the tone for this gripping storyline, with 11 year old Jack and his sisters, Joy, and baby Merry waiting in their broken down car while their pregnant mum Eileen walks off to phone for help - but she never comes back. Some days later her body is found - she'd suffered a single stab wound but it was enough to cause a fatal injury.

Three years later an
👩🏻Have you ever made a snap decision you regretted?🚘

Snap by Belinda Bauer is a captivating, emotional and gripping read about tragic loss, grief, snap decisions and their devastating, longterm impact.

The opening scene of this one grabbed hold of my heart and never let go. 11yr. old Jack Bright and his sisters Joy and Merry are sitting in their stifling, broken down car on the side of the road on a hot August afternoon. They are awaiting the return of their pregnant mother. She was last seen
Diane S ☔
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clever, clever, clever, both the author in putting together this taut thriller, and young Jack, our spunky hero. Jack is only eleven, his two sisters you get, when their vehicle breaks down. His mother leaves the children alone, to run to the nearest call box to try to summon aid. She never returns.

Jack's life is hard, providing for his sisters, keeping them from the care system, he does whatever he needs to for them to survive. Haunted by the death of his mother, he vows to get snswers and find
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Captivating, dark mystery/thriller about a mother of three who disappears without a trace. Her 11-year-old son, Jack is left with the responsibility of caring for his younger sisters and has to find creative ways to support them. This element makes for a unique and emotional reading experience.

On a hot summer day in 1998, Eileen Bright’s car breaks down. she leaves her three kids on the side of the road (in the car), while she sets out to seek help but never returns. Flash forward to three
Britta Böhler
A below average thriller with a flimsy plot, mediocre writing and cliché characters. How this book ended up on the Man Booker Longlist is beyond me.
Miriam Smith
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I saw that Val McDermid had been quoted as saying it was "the best crime novel I've read in a very long time" i just knew I was going to be in for a cracker of a thriller and couldn't wait to get going on it. Having also read and enjoyed "The Beautiful Dead" by Belinda Bauer this book "Snap" was always going to be a winner, I wasn't disappointed - I loved every captivating minute.
1998 - Pregnant Eileen Bright leaves her three children in stifling heat - Jack, Joy and baby Merry - in a brok
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
In the blink of an eye, in the snap of a moment, lives can change dramatically.
A psychological thriller with a 14 year old leading the search for answers to a crime that took his mother from him 3 years earlier.
A fast paced page turner.

I love that the character of Catherine While is real and paid cash to be a character in this novel. Proceeds went to an auction for children with cancer. Nicely done, Bauer.
"Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act." (Paulo Coelho)

Let's be clear.....

Belinda Bauer presents Snap in a far different light than her usual offerings of the past. There's always been Murder and Mayhem between the pages....and heavy on the mayhem with a sideorder of creep in just the right places.

Snap is more a slow burner with the tides shifting in with small currents of backstory and clues. The crescendo, most certainly, will find itself in crashing waves towards th
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

This novel by Belinda Bauer reminds me of why I started reading thrillers just about three years ago. She doesn’t just write great thrillers, she writes beautiful novels with characters that you care about, well defined, flawed, unique, moving. There seem to be so many thrillers written where the only interesting thing about them is the “thrill” itself, the random act, the brutal violence, the up and down ride of the s
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jack, age 11 and his sisters, Joy (9) and Merry (2) are told to stay in the broken down car while their mother went to find a call box and get help. She never returned. A couple of years later, their father left to get milk from the store. He didn’t return either.

Jack knew that with no adults in the house the siblings would be split up into foster care. His efforts to take on the responsibility of holding the family together led him to become a young burglar. Joy could not face being abandoned t
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

Snap decisions, snap judgments, becoming so angry that you finally just . . . SNAP.  What will come of dying dreams, mistakes made, a particularly nosy neighbor, and a demoted homocide copper who takes umbrage at having to use his superior investigative skills to solve a rash of simple burglaries? 

This has a straightforward story line, good sound characters, and a couple of surprising reveals along the way.  The author and publisher apparen
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Paula by: Booker
Booker nominee 2018...

Fun. Humorous at times. Kept me going...Booker worthy - no! I’ve read better.

3.5 out of 5 stars. Rounded up due to the last half of the book...I did enjoy the repartee.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a book! What a pageturner, just loved it.
Thoroughly good, 4 stars plus! Great crime read, loved by many here as I see it. Great characters all round and highly entertaining, keeps you on the end of your seat.
I think it is an unusual book to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, as I understand it, but I like it! So... recommended!

On a stifling summer's day, 11-year old Jack and his two little sisters sit in their broken-down car along the highway, waiting for their mum to come back and
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thomas by: Theresa
Shelves: uk-crime
3.5 stars rounded up for an intricately plotted murder mystery. The first half of the book moved slowly while the author set up the plot and developed the characters. The book opens with a very pregnant mother with 3 children on a road in England. The car breaks down and the mother goes for a telephone. It is August, 1998 and she doesn't have a cell(mobile) phone. She tells her children that she'll be back. She doesn't come back and the 3 children go to find help. A policeman comes to their assi ...more
Snap by Belinda Bauer is a very slow burn thriller that leaves you guessing until the very end.

This was my first read by Belinda Bauer and I have heard excellent things by this author. Snap has been getting some high reviews on goodreads so I was excited to dive in :).

If you're expecting a thriller with massive twists/turns then I wouldn't count on that. Bauer focuses more on a deeper look into the characters in this thriller/suspense. Snap reveals a story focused on a family that has been dea
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heavily pregnant Eileen Bright was riding in the family car with Jack, Joy and Merry ages 11,9 and 2 years old respectively. When the car broke down, Eileen told her children she would find an emergency telephone. They were instructed to stay in the car. She would be back very soon. After waiting and waiting, the worried children walked along the crash barrier on the road. Jack carried two year old Merry. Finally, coming upon the emergency phone, they noticed the orange receiver dangling from th ...more
Elyse  Walters
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Three children were alone in a broken down car on a scorching hot day.
Mommy must have ‘snapped’ a brain-artery... she goes searching for help....but leaves the kids behind.

It’s still hot in the car and hot outside. The children play I spy with my bitty little eyes....( they spied nothing of importance)....
Hours have gone by. Jack, the oldest child, Joy, ( a little younger than Jack), and Mary ( the baby) trekked about for hours - exhausted in search of ‘mommy’.
Jack carried Ma
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 sensitive and atmospheric stars to Snap! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Snap is my first read from Belinda Bauer, and now I know why she is well-loved!

A car breaks down on the side of the road with a mother and three young children inside. The mom names Jack, the eleven-year-old and eldest child, in charge and leaves to get help. Jack and his sisters try to pass the time, waiting for their mom to come back. The minutes pass unbearably slowly, and she never returns. Eventually her body is found, and the effect o
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'To my Daughter on your Special Day'. Her mother chose the worst cards. A week after her birthday she had bundled it up with all her others and put them in a drawer in the spare room.

And yet, here it was, next to her bed. . .

Catherine felt disorientated, as if this were a dream, or a time warp. She opened the card.

Her mother’s scratchy signature had been roughly crossed out and on the blank side of the card was scrawled a new message. . . 'I could have killed you.'

A fast paced, thought provoking and sometimes emotive read.
It truly keeps that grey matter ticking for clues and answers.

Jack and his two sisters are left in the car awaiting they’re Mothers return while she goes to find a phone.
The last thing she says to the older child Jack “ I won’t be long, you’re in charge”
But they waited
And waited
And waited.

So jack decides along with his younger sister to pick up the youngest child and go find their Mom.

Jack ends up catering and becoming a Carer of his you
Unique, haunting…and bonkers. If I had to describe this book in a nutshell, that’s what comes to mind. And just so you know, I’m a big fan of bonkers.

Initially, it’s like you’re reading 2 books the are very different in subject matter & tone. The book blurb gives you a good breakdown of one of them. It’s the poignant story of Jack, Joy & Merry…3 young siblings abandoned by their parents. At 15, Jack is the man of the house & doing everything in his power to keep social services from discovering
Theresa Alan
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a well-executed mystery.

Eleven-year-old Jack Bright and his younger sisters are left in a car while their mother walks to find a pay phone to get help with their car trouble. She never returns, and later her murdered pregnant body is found.

Three years later, Jack is supporting himself and his sisters by breaking into people’s homes and stealing things, including healthy food to feed the family.

We have a good suspicion early on who murdered Jack’s mother. The mystery becomes how will Ja
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspence
So Jack’s mum’s car breaks down and she goes to get some help... LEAVING the kids in the car! 😭 like sis, everyone knows you don’t do that!! So anyways, Jack and his sisters Joy and Merry are waiting for their mum but she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And that’s when their lives change forever. The story then takes place 3 years later and shows how Jack and his sisters are dealing with everything.

When I read the synopsis for Snap, I knew I wanted to read it. And when my friends on her
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I could have killed you."

SNAP is a multi-layered, cleverly plotted crime novel with a varied group of unusual and unpredictable character types. The beginning completely drew me in and then, after a bit of confusion, everything just SNAPPED into place.

Important not to give anything away in this one, so I'll just say.......

.....A mother makes a really bad decision....or two.

....An angry and desperate young boy of eleven steps up to the plate....and takes charge.

....A wife in the family way k

Holly  B
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A rather dark crime novel with some memorable characters and a burglar who likes to nap.....BUT someone will Snap!

Jack Bright is in charge, but he is only 14 years old.  He does what he can to get by and take care of his two younger sisters (Joy and Merry). They hide alone inside their house and have their "cover story" down pat (insert snoopy neighbor).  I had a soft spot for Jack and the girls. I wanted to give them all a huge hug.

Their mother, Eileen went missing 3 years prior and never r
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 sensitive and atmospheric stars to Snap! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Snap is my first read from Belinda Bauer, and now I know why she is well-loved!

A car breaks down on the side of the road with a mother and three young children inside. The mom names Jack, the eleven-year-old and eldest child, in charge and leaves to get help. Jack and his sisters try to pass the time, waiting for their mom to come back. The minutes pass unbearably slowly, and she never returns. Eventually her body is found, and the effect o
Holy Snap!

1998 – Three young children sit in a broken-down car on the side of the road, waiting for their pregnant mother to return from the phone box. She doesn’t come back.

2001 – Home alone, heavily pregnant, Catherine, awakens to a noise, and heads downstairs to investigate. She spies a shadowy figure sneaking away across the lawn. Relieved to have thwarted an attempted burglary she returns to her bedroom, where to her horror she finds a knife on her bed, along with a note ‘I could have kille
Katie B
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I read this book late last year and when I was finished I decided to rate it 3.5 stars. Now that I'm finally getting around to posting a review 3 weeks later, I'm thinking 3 stars is a bit more accurate but I'm just going to go ahead and leave the initial rating as is. Regardless of the rating, I did think it was a decent read, I just wasn't in love with it like some people who have read it.

I guess the main problem I had with the book is I just didn't feel all that connected to to Jack,
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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 Bib ...more

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