Friday, November 12, 2021

The First Day of Spring

 

Author: Nancy Tucker

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Year: 2021

“𝙄 𝙠𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙖 𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙮 𝙩𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮.” 

This is a heck of a first line that would grab any readers attention. Discovering that the main character who says it is an 8 year old girl, that line lands like a punch to the throat. 

The story is told from two points of view- Chrissie’s and Julia. Chrissie is a smart, confident, and often funny little girl. She’s also neglected and pretty much ignored by her mother,  while her father only makes sporadic appearances in her life. Chrissie’s need for attention, lack of manners, and sharp tongue wear down her peers and the other adults in her life. Julia is grown up Chrissie. It’s twenty years after the murders. She’s done her time and her name is changed to protect her privacy. She also has a child of her own now. At first the thought of the child killer having a child of her own is chilling. But as Julia’s story unfolds, it’s obvious how much she loves her daughter and how hard she’s working to be a good mother. 

It would be easy to assume this is a nature versus nurture story, but it’s more nuanced than that. This is an intense and disturbing novel that will give you lots to think about. Nancy Tucker has created a character who is both horrifying and sympathetic. Chrissie is a character you won’t soon forget. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy Friday! What are you reading this weekend? My library hold for Every Last Fear is ready so I’ll be diving into that. 

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