Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 23/08/2018
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I read this in a day, completely unable to put it down. Belinda Bauer's writing is impeccable and I was immersed in this twisty tale from the very first pa... READ MORE
Helen at Scarborough
The perfect thriller
I loved this book so much that when I went to visit my mum I couldn’t talk to her for the first hour as I was too engrossed in finishing it! An absolutely ... READ MORE
Poppy Smalley


Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2019  A thrilling new novel from the author of Rubbernecker. 'The best crime novel I've read in a very long time.' – Val McDermid Snap decisions can be dangerous… 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'd 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, 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… Described as ‘Thomas Harris crossed with Kate Atkinson’ by the Daily Mirror who called her a novelist who ‘has shifted the boundaries of what makes a truly gripping, terrifying thriller, Belinda Bauer is a crime writer with a knack for getting under the skin of her characters. Her latest thriller, which considers the devastating long-term impact of momentary snap judgements, confirms her as one of the most exciting novelist writing today.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781784160852
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 315g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 29 mm

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A cracking thrilling read.
Kept me reading from beginning to the last word. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing, although I soon worked out who the killer was.
Ian Paternoster
Confused with the title
Why is this book called snap? besides the decision the wife not taking him to the hospital, but that hardly seems like the climax?
Ridwana Chowdhury
A page turning, irresistible treat
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to lovers of crime fiction, thrillers and good writing. I liked the tone of the story and the author... READ MORE
Ian C
I found myself pretty gripped throughout Snap and finished most of it in an afternoon. The twists and turns told from various points of view come together ... READ MORE
Daniel Moran
Ok but..
Ok, but quite a leaden plot with no real surprises along the way and some of the characters seemed out of the 1970s. It's good a crime novel is longlisted ... READ MORE
A great read
This is the first book I have read by Belinda Bauer but it certainly won't be the last. I found it engrossing from the first to last page, kept you guessi... READ MORE
Thriller with Bite
Structured extremely well to make a simple thriller seem otherworldly. Fleshed out characters making realistic choices to take the story to a natural concl... READ MORE
Adam at Liverpool
A Different Crime Thriller
Snap is such a different crime thriller .Pregnant Eileen leaves her three children in the car when it breaks down on a motorway and goes to get help leavi... READ MORE
Chrissie Mortimer
Surprisingly addictive
I started this as light reading but from the first chapter I was hooked. The plot twists and turns. It's a rollercoaster of emotions and will keep you read... READ MORE
Sasha Jackson
Full of secrets to uncover
A story full of drama and secrets to uncover! The Bright Family. When our story starts, children Jack, Joy and Merry are on a car journey with their mum w... READ MORE
Lucy Catten
A tense thriller which I read in one night because everything matters - the pain, the hurt can sometimes feel too fresh, too raw, a book I will remember... READ MORE
Andree Raymont