Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
The First Day of Spring
The First Day of Spring | Nancy Tucker
14 posts | 18 read | 16 to read
When Chrissie was eight, she killed a child. Fifteen years later, she has one of her own. I killed a little boy today. Held my hands around his throat, felt his blood pump hard against my thumbs. He wriggled and kicked and one of his knees caught me in the belly, a sharp lasso of pain. I roared. I squeezed. Sweat made it slippy between our skins but I didnt let go, pressed and pressed until my nails were white. It was easier than I thought it would be. Chrissie is eight years old, and she has just killed a two-year-old boy. Her playmates are tearful and their mothers are terrified, keeping them locked up indoors. 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 doesnt get to feel power like this at home, where food is scarce and attention scarcer. Fifteen years later, Julia is working in a fish and chip shop and 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. Thats when the phone calls begin. Julia is too afraid to answer, because its clear the caller knows the truth that Julia is Chrissie, living under the new name given to her when she was released from prison eight years before. Julia wants to give Molly the childhood she was denied, and that means leaving Chrissie in the past. But Chrissie doesnt want to be left.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
twinkletoes74
post image
Pickpick

This sharp-edged and highly discussable book is difficult to put down.

review
candc320
post image
Pickpick

This was nothing like I was expecting but I loved it! It does begin with our main character killing another child when she‘s 8 (as the synopsis tells us) however this isn‘t a simple case of a murderous and evil child sort of horror/thriller but a heartbreaking tale of neglect, trauma, and so much devastation that it‘s sometimes hard to read. I loved seeing the main character both as a child and as an adult and seeing her life unfold. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

24 likes1 stack add
review
TamTracy
post image
Pickpick

Disturbing, sad, yet engaging story about a little girl who murders a little boy and her life after. The narrators switches between Chrissie at age 8 and Her adult self now called Julia. The complex relationships and situations involving severe neglect allow for compassion toward the main character. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

59 likes1 stack add
review
ItsAnotherJen
post image
Pickpick

This was an extremely tough book to read. Don‘t get me wrong, it IS good. Just hard to keep going back to, as it was tragic. The amount of neglect and psychological damage this child had to suffer through led to her making some awful choices.
#booktok #booktokrec

review
FelinesAndFelonies
post image
Pickpick

This was a solid book. I don't know if I'd consider it a thriller but it was disturbing. The main character Chrissie/Julia is a child with a past full of neglect, heartbreak, & loneliness. The main character is the "bad guy" & yet the author writes in a way that you can't help but sympathize with her. An interesting look at the role of motherhood, development, & the forces that influence who we become. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cathythoughts Great picture 💚 14mo
70 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
VRM1975
Pickpick

.

2 likes1 stack add
blurb
abookishbutterfly
post image

#junewrapup #monthlywrapup

5 stars
~The First Day of Spring
~The Other Black Girl

4 stars
~No Hiding in Boise
~God Spare the Girls
~Long Lost

3.5 stars
~The Fortunate Ones
~A Dark and Secret Place

3 stars
~The Taking of Jake Livingston
~Pigology
~The Best of Friends
~The Yorkie Diaries
~Miss Meteor

review
kezzlou85
post image
Mehso-so

This was a bit of a strange read. You instantly don't like Chrissie and yet you feel a little sorry for her because of what she goes through. It confuses you to like her given the crimes she commits and yet by the end of the book, I had started to warm to her a little. The story jumps from when she was 8 to present day and continues through as the story develops. The plots itself is very slow but it fits with the story. #Netaglley 3*

review
abookishbutterfly
post image
Pickpick

The complexities of this psychological drama were incredibly well developed. I can‘t even begin to express how impressed I am with this author. Her keen understanding of child development and the psychological effects of abuse were abundantly clear.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3986288427

marleed As a companion to this beautiful book and to get similar feels. 1y
58 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
VanessaCW
Pickpick

This is a dark and disturbing story, harrowing but beautifully written. It‘s also thought provoking as it brings to mind the nature vs nurture scenario. The author has brilliantly imagined and delved into the warped mind of such a tormented child, one who has been neglected and emotionally abused by those who are supposed to be caring for her. I found it an unsettling and heartbreaking read so I‘m glad it ended on a note of hope. #Pigeonhole

blurb
abookishbutterfly
post image

I killed a little boy today and then the dragons arrived.

MariaW 🤯 1y
35 likes1 comment
review
Erinreadsthebooks
post image
Pickpick

Five reasons this book is a 🤘Pick:
1. Same vein as The Push (which I loved) 2. Fantastically concise writing 3. Weird ability to make my sympathize with a killer 4. Back and forth timeline between current adult and her childhood 5. The unsettling, unobtrusive feeling of suspense.

Chelsea.Poole I also loved The Push. Stacked! 1y
32 likes3 stack adds1 comment
blurb
VanessaCW
quote
Erinreadsthebooks
post image

“I licked stray crumbs of pastry from between the tines of the metal fork and felt a small loss when it was finished.”

Same. I feel seen. I, too, experience small losses when I finish my pastries…or any good food TBH. 🙋‍♀️

Allyneedsbooks I see you 👏🏼👍🏼👈🏼👈🏼👈🏼🥰 1y
23 likes1 comment