Snap - Belinda Bauer
Reading Challenge Category: A National Book Awards Winner from 2018
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. . .
I’m in two minds about this book. I didn’t like it, to begin with, it felt very slow going and the chapters were strange. There were a few short chapters to get you into the story, but then all of a sudden about three-quarters of the book is just one big long chapter which was very annoying. I know some authors don’t have chapters at all and try to be different, but this just seemed strange. Anyway, about halfway through the book, I was suddenly hooked and needed to know the ending (or the answers to the beginning). I wanted to know what had happened to the mum and why. I all of a sudden couldn’t put the book down. Then the end happened, and you don’t really get the full answers, and the book ends as a bit of a wet squid. So it wasn’t all terrible, but I was expecting big things with this being an award winner and having beaten off lots of other books in the Crime and Thriller category. However, I read loads better last year!