Snap by Belinda Bauer

Snap by Belinda Bauer

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.’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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 . . .

MY THOUGHTS: Bauer has a way of sneaking up on you. She doesn’t rely on twists and turns to keep the reader interested. She gets inside the heads and hearts of her characters to provide a rich, deep and often humorous viewpoint.

Bauer is known for taking the bleakest of situations and turning them into something special. At no point in this book are you going to go ‘WOW!’, because it is a quietly clever book, one that is a satisfying read, a moving read.

It takes a while for the different threads in this book to come together, to weave their tapestry into the bigger picture, but it is a picture worth waiting for. This is a novel of loss, of grief, of getting by by whatever means possible, of betrayal. But there is also hope and loyalty, and unexpected kindnesses. And humor in the form of Marvel, Reynolds and Rice.

Marvel is unconventional, a direct opposite of Reynolds, who plays by the book and has great expectations of himself. Rice, well Rice is just Rice. I loved this trio and I hope that this is not our only encounter with them.


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.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Grove Atlantic via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Snap by Belinda Bauer for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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