The First Day of Spring By Nancy Tucker

The First Day of Spring By Nancy Tucker

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?

My Thoughts:

I found this a creepy and tense thriller read, the story flits to past and present. Chrissie is a young girl who can stand up for herself and usually does, she has a secret and likes to hold power over everyone, but will she let slip her secret? stories that involve young kids creep me out especially this story. It is a story of neglect and cruelty which in some parts I found it hard to read. Then years later we meet Julia who has a young daughter, but who is Julia really? Then Julia gets a phone call and her life is turned upside down. What will happen to her and her young daughter? I found this story a dark and harrowing read that is creepy.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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