The First Day of Spring

Discover the year’s most page-turning thriller

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*DISCOVER THE YEAR'S MOST PAGE-TURNING THRILLER AND THE GUARDIAN 2021 BEST CRIME AND THRILLER PICK*

'Gorgeously written' PANDORA SYKES
'I loved this book' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'A darkly dazzling debut . . . gripping' LISA JEWELL
'Sharp-edged and highly discussable' BOOKLIST
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'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?

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'Perceptive and compassionate' GUARDIAN
'A stunning debut' WASHINGTON POST
'Compulsively readable' ASHLEY AUDRAIN
'Compelling . . . stunningly powerful' GRAZIA
'An unforgettable narrative voice' PAULA HAWKINS
'An extraordinary and heart-rending novel' OBSERVER
'This is outstanding . . . so powerful' TRACY FENTON
'A gripping, unsettling debut novel' ABIGAIL DEAN
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READERS LOVE THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING . . .


*****'A powerful, distressing, haunting, but ultimately brilliant read'
*****'Such a heartbreaking and powerful psychological drama that will stay with me for a long time'
*****'An incredible book'
*****'A thought provoking, dark and compulsive read... Highly recommend'
*****'You DO NOT want to miss The First Day of Spring!'

GENRE
Crime & Thrillers
RELEASED
2021
18 May
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House
SIZE
2
MB

Customer Reviews

littlemisskatyb ,

I just loved this. Sublime

I wish I could read it all over again without having already read it. Stunning book about a very difficult and controversial subject. I wanted to wrap Chrissie up in my arms and loved Julia and Molly. Gorgeous writing. Devine.

lesley9045 ,

I really enjoyed it

4⭐️
My first book by this author who is a clinical psychologist. It’s a psychological novel looking at the life of Chrissie, who killed aged 8.

It’s told in chapters from the POV of Chrissie and Julia. It really tugged on my heartstrings. We see her life as a child, and later as a mother. In amongst her deeds I felt there was a naivety and innocence. The writing style embraced that really well. She was neglected, lonely, and desperately needed to feel loved which was a big emotional tug. But she is also mean and manipulative and uncaring.
I couldn’t help but think how her life could have, should have been so different. It feels from her behaviour and speech patterns as though she is on the spectrum, even as an adult she comes across as child like, and has regimented behaviours.
I felt it started to lag and feel stagnated about half way. I didn’t feel that the reader is got any more in-depth knowledge or understanding of Chrissie.
I liked the ending.
Initially I thought this had potential to be a real WOW book, but it missed that mark for me. I really enjoyed it.

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