The First Day of Spring (Paperback)
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The First Day of Spring (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 17/02/2022
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Mining the chilling aftermath of childhood trauma, Tucker's gripping psychological thriller blazes with wire-taut prose and nerve-shredding suspense.

'So that was all it took,' I thought. 'That was all it took for me to feel like I had all the power in the world. One morning, one moment, one yellow-haired boy. It wasn't so much after all.'

'Chrissie knows how to steal sweets from the shop without getting caught, the best hiding place for hide-and-seek, the perfect wall for handstands. Now she has a new secret. It gives her a fizzing, sherbet feeling in her belly. She doesn't get to feel power like this at home, where food is scarce and attention scarcer.

Fifteen years later, Julia is trying to mother her five-year-old daughter, Molly. She is always worried - about affording food and school shoes, about what the other mothers think of her. Most of all she worries that the social services are about to take Molly away. That's when the phone calls begin, which Julia is too afraid to answer, because it's clear the caller knows the truth about what happened all those years ago.

And it's time to face the truth: is forgiveness and redemption ever possible for someone who has killed?

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529156478
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 267 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Tense, addictive and powered by an unforgettable narrative voice' - Paula Hawkins

'A darkly dazzling debut, a harrowing story of neglect and cruelty written with a delicate touch and a big heart. As gripping as the tensest of thrillers and as moving and humane as the most intimate of memoirs' - Lisa Jewell

'An exceptional debut which both chilled and moved me from the very first page. I cannot overstate how much I loved this book' - Clare Mackintosh

'Tucker explores the difficult subjects of cruelty, guilt and redemption with compassion and extraordinary finesse, in a way that will resonate long after the final page.' - Guardian

'An extraordinary and heart-rending novel' - Observer

'Tucker's compassion and understanding of the situation of distressed children make this novel important' - Literary Review

'The First Day of Spring is Nancy Tucker's first work of fiction and MY GOD this is OUTSTANDING... This book is so powerful and so disturbing that I will be thinking about it for months to come.' - Tracy Fenton

'Chilling, thought-provoking, and compulsively readable, The First Day of Spring is a novel that will break your heart on every page and never leave you. I loved it' - Ashley Audrain, author of The Push

'A gripping, unsettling debut novel... By the end of the novel, the voices of Chrissie and Julia reside deep in your skull: visceral and wicked, sad and wonderful, all at the same time' - Abigail Dean

'The First Day Of Spring is a gut-wrenching tale about the effects of neglect and loneliness on a child. Eight-year-old Chrissie's voice is so raw and authentic that I could not stop turning the pages, desperate to find out what she would do next. A harrowing, incisive debut' - Stephanie Wrobel, author of The Recovery of Rose Gold

'Compelling and important... this deliberately provocative novel is a stunningly powerful and striking account of childhood (and motherhood) stripped bare' - Grazia

'Tucker wastes no time grabbing the reader in her chilling debut novel... a riveting thriller in every sense. A chilling suspense novel about guilt, responsibility, and redemption' - Kirkus

'A spectacular fiction debut... The taut, meticulously observed narration mines the dangers that childhood trauma causes. Fans of Lisa Jewell and smart psychological suspense will eagerly await Tucker's next' - Publishers Weekly

'A stunning debut... Suspenseful? You bet. Heart-rending? From beginning to end' - Washington Post

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“A Chilling Tale Of A Child Who Murdered A Child”

4.5 stars rounded up to 5

Chrissie is eight and has a secret: she has just killed a boy. The feeling made her belly fizz like soda pop. Her playmates are tearful and their mothers are terrified, keeping them locked... More

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“Unputdownable highly recommended psychological novel”

This appears to be the first work of fiction by this author and what a start this is. Given the author's own traumatic history she sure knows how to create strong characters with a powerful storyline.

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Elite Reviewing Group

“Distressing and thought-provoking.”

Distressing and thought-provoking!

For her first novel, then Nancy Tucker has bravely tackled a very distressing subject . . . Possibly the very worst case of child abuse imaginable! The title ‘The First Day of... More

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