Monday, August 13, 2018

"Snap" by Belinda Bauer

I'm so glad I've discovered Belinda Bauer! She's about to become my favourite crime fiction author. "Snap" is the sort of novel that could easily be heartbreaking or icky, yet the difficult topics are handled with compassion and gentleness.

The language is beautiful, the plot twisty, the characters multi-dimensional.

And now, for the blurb:

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. . .