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
They wanted the same things. Death - and an audience.
Eve Singer makes her living from death. As a TV crime reporter, she'll go to any length to get the latest scoop.
But when a twisted serial killer starts using her to gain the publicity he craves, Eve must decide how far she's willing to go - and how close she'll let him get . . .
'Evocative and disturbing' Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
'Excellent tension' The Times
'Spectacular' Sunday Times
'Crime novels don't get much better than this' C. L. Taylor
'The most polished crime writer on the murder beat . . . Exhausting, exhilarating and damn scary, another 24-carat creation from the Queen of Thrills' Daily Express
Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here.
Yesterday they were a family just like any other: Anna and James, and their little boy, Daniel.
But in one careless moment everything changed.
A front door accidentally left ajar . . . and Daniel was gone.
Now they are a pair of strangers who can't even look each other in the eye.
Distrust and unspoken words fill the void where their son used to be.
Anna will go to any lengths to find Daniel - a four-year-old doesn't just vanish into thin air. But how far will this desperate search push her?
Right to the brink.
'Bauer's great gift is her ability to surprise the reader . . . She makes you think a bit differently about the world' Daily Telegraph
On the beaches and cliffs of North Devon, young women have become victims in a terrifying game where only one player knows the rules. And when those rules change, the new game is Murder.
But a madman on the loose feels very far from the crumbling, seaside home of ten-year-old Ruby Trick. Instead she lives in constant fear of school bullies, the dark forest, and the threat of her parents' divorce.
Helping her father to catch the killer seems like the only way to keep him close.
As long as the killer doesn’t catch her first.
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‘Contains one of the most startling plots in contemporary crime fiction’ Sunday Times
Patrick has uncovered a crime that the experts were too close to see . . .
Life is strange for Patrick Fort - being a medical student with Asperger’s Syndrome doesn’t come without its challenges. And that’s before he is faced with solving a possible murder.
Because the body Patrick is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. And now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery – while he dissects his own evidence . . .
‘Bauer's great gift is her ability to surprise the reader: in the sense of making you jump out of your chair, certainly, but also in that she makes you think a bit differently about the world’ Daily Telegraph
‘Breathtaking. I read this and wished I'd written it’ Val McDermid
‘This could be the most astonishing whodunnit you are ever likely to read’ Red Magazine online
‘This excellent, thought-provoking novel will hold your attention from the very first page’ Bella
FROM THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF BLACKLANDS
The eight-year-old boy had vanished from the car and - as if by slick, sick magic - had been replaced by a note on the steering wheel:
You don't love him
At the height of summer a dark shadow falls across Exmoor. Children are being stolen.
There are no explanations, no ransom demands...and no hope.
Policeman Jonas Holly faces a precarious journey into the warped mind of the kidnapper if he is to find them. But there are some who would say that Jonas is the last man to entrust with this job...
It is freezing mid-winter on Exmoor, and in a close-knit community where no stranger goes unnoticed, a local woman has been found murdered in her bed. This is local policeman Jonas Holly's first murder investigation. But he is distracted by anonymous letters, accusing him of failing to do his job.
Taunted by the killer and sidelined by his abrasive senior detective, Jonas has no choice but to strike out alone on a terrifying hunt . . . but who is hunting who?
VOTED CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR when it was first released, and still the most gripping, powerful thriller debut you will read this year
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Steven Lamb is 12 when he writes his first letter . . .
to a serial killer
Every day after school, whilst his classmates swap football stickers, twelve-year-old Steven digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to find a body. His uncle disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery - but his body has never been found.
Steven's Nan does not believe her son is dead. She still waits for him to come home, standing bitter guard at the front window while her family fragments around her. Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks between them before it's too late - even if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered son.
So Steven takes the next logical step, carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison. And there begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game between a desperate child and a bored psychopath . . .
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'The most polished crime writer on the murder beat'
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Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa and now lives in Wales. She worked as a journalist and a screenwriter before finally writing a book to appease her nagging mother. With her debut, Blacklands, Belinda was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. She went on to win the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work in 2013. Her fourth novel Rubbernecker was voted 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her books have been translated into 21 languages.