Snap: ‘The best crime novel I’ve read in a very long time’ Val McDermid (Paperback) by Belinda Bauer

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List Price: £7.99

Paperback: 318 Pages.

Published: 23 August 2018 by Black Swan

ISBN: 1784160857

EAN: 9781784160852

Review by Debra Found

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Great Start

Jack and his two sisters wait in the car for their Mother to come back. The car had broken down and she had walked up the hardshoulder to the phone to get help. She never comes back. Several years on we meet the family again. Jack is struggling to keep them together and has turned to a life of crime until one day he sees something in a house that sets him on a path to find his Mother's killer.

I really enjoyed this book. The first half was particularly good. We have Jack trying to be a man and look after his sisters in the only way he knows how - breaking and entering. His baby sister, Merry, is a precocious 6 year old with an appetite for books, especially vampire books. His other sister Joy is struggling with reality and has disappeared into her own mind.

However, once Jack gets involved with the police things get a little unbelievable. He seeks their help to apprehend the man he thinks is his Mother's killer and is included in the investigation to quite an extent - a bit too much.This is also where the coincidences start. I could have handled one or two but there were a few too many.

Having said that I really did enjoy the book. I did manage to overlook the excessive police co-operation with a known child burglar and the coincidences and was able to complete the book with enjoyment. The ending wasn't as good as it could have been - some lazy writing there leaving too much to coincidence as opposed to properly structuring the end.

This would have been a five star book but the writing in the second half let it down. I would certainly pick up anotehr book by this author.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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