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"Jack's in charge," said his mother, as she disappeared up the road to get help. "I won't be long." So 11-year-old Jack and his two sisters wait on the hard shoulder in their stifling, broken-down car, bickering and whining and playing I-Spy until she comes back. But their mother doesn't come back. She never comes back. And after that long hot summer day, nothing will ever be the same again.

Three years later, Jack's 15 and still in charge. Meanwhile, across town, a young woman called Catherine wakes up to find a knife beside her bed and a note reading, "I could of killed you." The police are tracking a mysterious burglar called Goldilocks for his habit of sleeping in the beds of the houses he robs, but Catherine doesn't see the point of involving the police. And Jack, very suddenly, may be on the verge of finding out who killed his mother.

A twisty, masterfully written novel that will have listeners on the edge of their seats, Snap is Belinda Bauer at the height of her powers.

©2018 Belinda Bauer (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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4.39 stars.....contender for The Booker

This isn't the ordinary type book that ends up on The Long List for the Booker Prize. It's more of a mystery/crime type novel as opposed to the arthouse style novels that usually end up on these lists. It is, however, a very good book that is enhanced by stellar narration. This is one from the list I can recommend. I might not have liked it as much if I'd read it, but I didn't read it. Andrew Wincott is a top-notch narrator. I may seek out more books he's narrated based on his talent alone. Granted, he had a good story to work with. Belinda Bauer's Snap won't win the Booker simply because of the type book it is. They'd never allow a mystery/crime/thriller type book to win.. But, it's a winner in my book.

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Wonderful, mesmerizing

Simply stunning- I could not stop listening. The narration is so nuanced and beautifully done- what a talented performer.

The characters are involving, funny and sad. I just loved this book and the writing is so well done. Humor and pathos- and a story that celebrates the heroic efforts of a wonderfully resilient young boy- Bauer is a major talent!

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I Listened Straight Through

This book was amazing all the way through. There was not a boring moment. I will look for more books by this author.It was written so beautifully. The ending was emotional and satisfying.

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Fun, quirky characters

I quite enjoyed this book. The characters were developed and fun and very quirky. Lot of laugh out loud moments buried in a interesting story with several twists.

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Deeply moving story, Masterful writing

Belinda Bauer has recently become my favorite mystery. crime writer. I was hooked from the start on this story, and finished it with little interruption until the end. Suspense, pathos, humor, it's all here. Without spoilers, The twist involving Jack's father was so brilliant, so unexpected, and so downright heartrending, that I had to stop listening and stare into space for a minute marveling at it's emotional force. Narration is perfect. Snap, Rubbernecker and The Shut Eye are my favorites by Ms Bauer. I would love to see well-done movies of all three.

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Great story. Fell flat at the end.

The first thing that I really noticed and liked was the peculiar storyline and how it was revealed in the plot. In this way, it is not your typical murder mystery. I found it very engaging. The second thing that really entertained me was the author's humorous descriptive phrasing, as a sardonic side thought to the action. It was very entertaining and enjoyable. The story lost its way toward the end. The entertaining language was still there, but the storyline took a lengthy sidetrack that could have been shortened. The ending just fell flat. I liked the narrator. I will listen to the book again simply for the colorful and vivid imagery.

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Refreshingly creative

I read a lot of books of this genre and I had never seen a story approached quite from this angle. It kept me guessing pretty much up until the end. Gripping and addictive.

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Full of unseen twists

I am not a mystery fan but this one was on The Booker prize lost so I thought I would give it a try. It surprised me with multiple intertwining stories that move back and forth in time. It was smart, well written and heartwarming.

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Unsatisfactory ending.

The whole story was long and drawn out with a lot of extra unnecessary parts. When you finally start getting to the good part at the end it abruptly stopped with no form of closure or explanation at all.

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a mystery, not a literary powerhouse

I know there is a huge controversy about this book making the 2018 longlist for the Manbooker, and that generally genre fiction is not as weighty or well-written as contemporary literary fiction. And, while I agree that is true I will not be reviewing this book with any commentary on whether it deserves a spot on the list or not. Generally I read three kinds of fiction: modern mysteries, classics and contemporary literary fiction. I usually rate my books within their respective categories, meaning that I do not try to make a mystery stand up next to The Count of Monte Cristo. In my opinion if I did that all mysteries would rate only 1 to 2 stars. But the truth is, just as I enjoy junk food even though it doesn't rate well when compared to lobster, I also enjoy junk-food-for-the-brain.

So, I liked this book but did not love it. I felt the characters of Jack and Katherine were well-drawn and that the mystery was interesting, at best. There were not enough of the common tropes of mystery to keep me guessing and trying to solve the mystery ahead of the reveal. (Ironically this is part of the reason it made it onto the longlist.) I want a mystery to make me sit on the edge of my seat and to shock or scare me. I cannot say that this book did that very well. However, if you want a quick and easy read that will entertain, you may enjoy this book.

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I tried so hard but just couldn't carry on

I tried to listen to this book about 20 times. I got up to about chapter....ummm....actually I don't know which chapter I got up to because my mind would drift constantly when listening to this particular book. It just didn't hold my attention despite the blurb and positive reviews which seemingly held such promise. The narrator was good for the most part, except he made all the female characters sound like pathetic, weak little girls.

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