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Snap: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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They were divided by a single deep frown line that belonged to a man in his fifties with the cares of the world on his shoulders. Thank you so much to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest review. In the absence of any current murder cases, Marvel will be required to assist in a slew of breaking and entering cases. I said: ‘It’s going to be about these two children in a spaceship,’ and she took the contract away, whoop, like that tablecloth trick. 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.

It takes some time for the atmosphereic, haunting, and dark story to come together, but when it does, it’s masterful. It's 1998 and the opening scene sets the tone for this gripping storyline, with 11 year old Jack and his sisters, Joy, and baby Merry waiting in their broken down car while their pregnant mum Eileen walks off to phone for help - but she never comes back. I also really admired the way that even though only a child himself, stepped up to the plate and did whatever he had to do to survive, even though most of it was outside of the law. When she doesn’t, 11-year-old Jack picks up the baby, Merry, and marshals his little sister Joy along the hard shoulder. Bauer focuses more on her deep character development here as her story grasps simple humanity in the palm of her hand.He is wanted as a burglar, and despite efforts to direct the police toward the evidence he feels he has discovered, that doesn’t work out. This reader, at least, was pleased to go along with the journey even when things got a bit preposterous. He’d never worked a case where coincidence hadn’t played a part, either in the commission of the crime or the solving of it.

Having also read and enjoyed "The Beautiful Dead" by Belinda Bauer this book "Snap" was always going to be a winner, I wasn't disappointed - I loved every captivating minute. Three years later, Jack is trying to keep up a facade of normality and stop his little sisters from being taken into care. Joy could not face being abandoned twice and became a hoarder: newspapers stacked everywhere throughout the house with only tiny pathways to maneuver, most of them with stories of her mother’s disappearance, but also any and every issue that the newsstand could produce, just in case something new appeared. A week after her birthday she had bundled it up with all her others and put them in a drawer in the spare room. 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.Snap by Belinda Bauer is a captivating, emotional and gripping read about tragic loss, grief, snap decisions and their devastating, longterm impact. We can understand fragments from the Athenian dialect mostly but there is a special faculty in our universities where we study Ancient Greek, translation and interpretation. Three years later, Catherine, a young pregnant woman, wakes to find a knife laying alongside her in her bedroom. In the meantime, the quirky police have not been able to solve the hundreds of burglaries in the area: nicknamed *Goldilocks*.

Reynolds and Marvel are completely different characters - Reynolds is meticulous in every aspect of his life, not one to push the boundaries. The story begins in 1998 where three children Jack, Merry, and Joy are left abandoned in their car by their mother, Eileen on the side of the road. It is now 3 years later and Jack, while burglarizing a house he thought was vacant, discovers a knife exactly like the one used to murder his mother. But the most insufferable thing about this book – aside from the exclamation points – was the fact that Bauer just shows her hand too early. A small difference for me was that I didn’t notice the exclamation points as much as the Italics- somehow my brain can skip over extreme punctuation but never the annoying overly-emphatic tone that I associate with Italics.I am almost through with ”Everything Under” and I can safely say it was one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. Snap by Belinda Bauer Quick summary: Jack’s mother disappears and a week later is found dead, and years later Jack is looking after his younger siblings while attempting to get to the bottom of her murder. Jack resorts to doing whatever is necessary to keep his family together and away from social services. As you can imagine, Jack become parentified and takes his younger siblings under his wing to raise them. I enjoyed how the story was told from several different character’s perspectives, and it really worked in this story.

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