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The phenomenal latest crime novel from Belinda Bauer, twice winner of Crime Novelist of the Year, author of The Beautiful Dead.

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Front Row

'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. . .

'Snap is the best kind of crime novel. It gives you chills, it makes you think and it touches your heart. I loved it!' SARAH PINBOROUGH, No.1 bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes
'Original, pacy and thoroughly entertaining . . . a cracking read.' CLARE MACKINTOSH, bestselling author of I Let You Go

'No one writes crime novels like Belinda Bauer, with a rare blend of darkness, humour and heart. She's a crime writing genius.' C. L. TAYLOR, bestselling author of The Missing

'Intelligent entertainment that keeps you guessing.' Sunday Times Crime Club
'Edgy, original and beautifully written, this suspenseful story is dazzlingly good.' Sunday Mirror

'Belinda Bauer's plots are never anything less than original and unsettling, and Snap is no exception.' Sunday Times

'Spine-chilling, tension-packed gripper.' Woman and Home

'The opening of Snap is one of the most vividly unnerving I have read . . . razor-sharp observation.' Guardian

'Belinda Bauer's fiction teems with life . . . Kate Atkinson used to be the undisputed master of this sort of mixture of the serious, the exciting and the anarchic, but Bauer is now firmly in her class.' Daily Telegraph


Reviews

The best crime novel I've read in a very long time.

Val McDermid

Snap is the best kind of crime novel - it gives you chills, it makes you think, and it touches your heart. I loved it!

Sarah Pinborough, No. 1 bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES

Original, pacy and thoroughly entertaining . . . a cracking read.

Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I LET YOU GO

If you loved Steven Lamb in Bauer's debut Blacklands you will love Jack Bright in Snap. No one writes crime novels like Belinda Bauer, with such a rare blend of darkness, humour and heart. She's a crime writing genius and no mistake

C.L Taylor

Intelligent entertainment that keeps you guessing

Sunday Times Crime Club

Spine-chilling, tension-packed gripper

Woman and Home

Belinda Bauer is one of the very few really original crime writers of our time . . . The plot is neat and clever, but it is not the stories, the style or the characters alone - though all are good - that set Bauer's work apart. It is an indefinable extra ingredient that makes some books stand out from the crowd. This is one of them.

Literary Review

Edgy, original and beautifully written, this suspenseful story is dazzlingly good.

Sunday Mirror

Belinda Bauer's plots are never anything less than original and unsettling, and her latest outing is no exception.

Sunday Times

The opening of Snap is one of the most vividly unnerving I have read . . . razor-sharp observation.

Guardian

Belinda Bauer's fiction teems with life . . . She is also an ingenious creator, never afraid to improve on reality . . . She is on absolutely cracking form in her latest novel . . . Kate Atkinson used to be the undisputed master of this sort of mixture of the serious, the exciting and the anarchic, but Bauer is now firmly in her class.

Daily Telegraph

Belinda Bauer's novels are original, disconcerting and gripping.

The Times

A compelling and highly intricate novel . . . Snap follows the human impact of murder rather than the gory details

Press Association

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784160852

    September 3, 2018

    Black Swan

    448 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781473526075

    May 17, 2018

    Transworld Digital

    448 pages

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Extract

20 August 1998

It was so hot in the car that the seats smelled as though they were melting. Jack was in shorts, and every time he moved his legs they sounded like Sellotape.

The windows were down, but no air moved; only small bugs whirred, with a sound like dry paper. Overhead hung a single frayed cloud, while an invisible jet drew a chalky line across the bright blue sky.

Sweat trickled down the back of Jack’s neck, and he cracked open the door.

‘Don’t!’ said Joy. ‘Mum said stay!’

‘I am staying,’ he said. ‘Just trying to get cool.’

It was a quiet afternoon and there wasn’t much traffic, but every time a car passed, the old Toyota shook a little.

When a lorry passed, it shook a lot.

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