Saturday 27 April 2019

Snap - Belinda Bauer Review

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 ...


I picked this up a long time ago in Tesco, was desperate to read it and then, it went into a book pile and hasnt being read. I am good at that. So, when i had to read a book with a red cover for my readathon this was a great time to pick this up. 

Its a hot summers day when the family car breaks down, Jack is left in charge, his mum wont be long, he can look after the others. Only, she is long - so Jack decides to take the other two childen and go find her. It cant be that far too the emergency phone. They reach it too find there mother has gone and their life is about to change forever. 

Fast foward 3 years later, we meet Catherine, a mother to be. She wakes up to find a knife beside her bed with a note simply stating I Could Have Killed You.She should phone the police, someone has being in her house. 

In another life, Jack is still in charge, as now not only has his mother gone, so has is father. He has too take care of them, but he also wants answers. He wants to find out what actually happened, the police havent and he needs answers.

This is the first read i have read by Belinda Bauer and oh my gosh, it did not disappoint. It was actually bloody brilliant. It was full of twists and turns and i felt so involved in the ongoing investigation.I was trying to figure out the whos and whys and hows but i couldn't. I just sat in the garden hooked, with a cup of tea and a slightly burnt arm even though it wasn't even warm. It was not only tense and dramatic but full of powerful emotion. 

I am so ready to read more from Belinda. This was a great read and even if the only reason i picked it because it had a red cover, i am so glad i did. 

Author Info

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.


  1. This sounds really exciting, I don’t think I’d ever be able to work out what happened! Did you find it was confusing having the two perspectives or did it work well? I sometimes find it hard when a book jumps between characters.

  2. Wow, the suspense of the summary is killing me. This book seems like an exciting book. I have to pick this up!


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