Snap: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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Snap: The Sunday Times Bestseller

Snap: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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It does not claim to have an epic twist, but I still found myself gasping and guffawing at a few choice places that, due to the lack of tip off, caught me off guard. Everything he did for his family, his internal conflict knowing what he was doing was wrong combined with a need to care for his sisters was so intense. Snap" is an impressive and compelling psychological thriller that some would say is slow burning but I found every page to be pace perfect and entertaining and I enjoyed the build up throughout the story until the truth was finally revealed. Another recurring theme that haunts Jack is that no-one stopped to see what was the matter, no-one wanted to get involved. She gets inside the heads and hearts of her characters to provide a rich, deep and often humorous viewpoint.

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 highly recommend this novel to everyone who enjoys a solid, unique story peopled by fascinating characters, and written with heart. 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. I have been reading quite a few classics and the crisp modern style, the unexpected facets in the characters of the people in the story, it just grabbed me, curious, and mysterious, and sad and yet hopeful.

Three years later Jack, now fifteen, is looking after his sisters since his Dad - unable to cope with the tragic event - leaves them home alone.

Jack doesn't want his sisters to be taken in to care and decides to take care of them by burglarizing vacant homes and selling stolen items to a friend. SNAP is a multi-layered, cleverly plotted crime novel with a varied group of unusual and unpredictable character types. His emotions as he struggled with the burden of putting food on the table and protecting his sisters all the while struggling with his anger and grief was heart-wrenching at times and made for an intense reading experience.And I can’t end this review without commenting again on this book’s inclusion on the Man Booker longlist, which in itself caused quite a stir, raising the age-old question of whether genre fiction belongs in a literary prize. Bauer focuses more on her deep character development here as her story grasps simple humanity in the palm of her hand.

Fear of being picked up by social services has led Jack to keep a well manicured lawn and washed windows.That’s why I’m not even interested in solving the crime, sometimes I don’t even care if you know what exactly happens or whodunnit. The judges anticipated this argument in advance and argued that the book “transcends the tropes of its own genre”. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

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