The First Day of Spring: A Novel

The First Day of Spring: A Novel

by Nancy Tucker (Author)

“Tense, addictive and powered by an unforgettable narrative voice.” - PAULA HAWKINS "A stunning debut...Suspenseful? You bet. Heart-rending? From beginning to end."—The Washington Post  “Gripping…The voices of Chrissie and Julia reside deep in your skull: visceral and wicked, sad and wonderful, all at the same time.” The New York Times  “Fans of Lisa Jewell and smart psychological suspense will eagerly await Tucker’s next.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review“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.”Meet Chrissie...   Chrissie is eight and she 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 indoors. But Chrissie rules the roost -- she's the best at wall-walking, she knows how to get free candy, and now she has a feeling of power that she never gets at home, where food is scarce and attention scarcer.     Twenty years later, adult Chrissie is living in hiding under a changed name. A single mother, all she wants is for her daughter to have the childhood she herself was denied. That’s why the threatening phone calls are so terrifying. People are looking for them, the past is catching up, and Chrissie fears losing the only thing in this world she cares about, her child.      Nancy Tucker leaves the reader breathless as she inhabits her protagonist with a shocking authenticity that moves the reader from sympathy to humor to horror to heartbreak and back again.

In the captivating novel "The First Day of Spring" by Nancy Tucker, the story unfolds in the idyllic town of Harmony Springs, where secrets and longings intertwine. The protagonist, Sarah Reynolds, is a dedicated schoolteacher whose life takes an unexpected turn when she receives a mysterious letter from her past. As she delves into the secrets of her family's history, Sarah embarks on a journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, confronting the choices that have shaped her life.

With vivid descriptions and engaging characters, "The First Day of Spring" explores the complexities of love, friendship, and the resilience of the human spirit. Set against the backdrop of the changing seasons, the novel delves into the idea of new beginnings and the power of hope. As Sarah unravels the truth about her family's past, her perspective on life and relationships shifts, leading her towards a path of healing and personal growth.

Nancy Tucker's writing style is known for its emotional depth and keen insights into the human condition. Through Sarah's journey, readers are invited to reflect on their own lives and the choices they make. The novel's exploration of themes such as loss, forgiveness, and the enduring power of love resonates with readers, making "The First Day of Spring" a captivating and thought-provoking read.

As the story progresses, Sarah embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about her family's past. She uncovers secrets that have been buried for generations, leading her to question everything she thought she knew about herself and her loved ones. The narrative is filled with moments of tension and suspense, keeping readers engaged and eager to discover what lies ahead.

"The First Day of Spring" is a poignant and heartwarming tale that celebrates the beauty of human connection and the transformative power of forgiveness. It reminds readers that even in the darkest of times, hope can prevail and new beginnings are always possible. With its relatable characters, introspective storytelling, and exploration of universal themes, Nancy Tucker's novel is a compelling read that will stay with readers long after they finish the final page.


352 pages