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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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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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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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Shades of Oliver Twist and an episode of Hoarders

Shades of Oliver Twist in a modern murder mystery. Great character development; I hope the crusty detective returns. Andrew Wincott’s narration was spot on, clear and articulate, wielding the suspense with a masterful authority, and proof that a man can deliver a woman’s account without a fake high pitch. I plan to see what else he’s narrated.

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  • Kelly
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  • 07-28-18

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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  • 07-13-18

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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