This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review The First Day Of Spring.
‘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?
I found this book quite difficult to review. The First Day Of Spring is very different to anything I have read recently and Tucker explores a number of ideas that meant I was not always entirely comfortable reading. However, it is testament to Tucker’s writing that I was always engaged and I was given food for thought on every page.
I felt that The First Day Of Spring was a very character driven novel. It’s narrated (mostly) by Chrissie and Julia who both have their own distinctive voices which give us insight into the way they think and feel. Chrissie isn’t an easy character to feel sympathy towards, but Tucker managed to make me feel this, even at times when she was at her most unlikeable and she deserves a lot of credit for being able to make me feel differently towards the characters within the space of a page! There are also a number of brilliant supporting characters who teach us some life lessons as we read.
There are so many emotions in this novel and Tucker made me feel them all! She takes abstract concepts and makes them tangible. I will be thinking about these characters long after today.
The First Day Of Spring is available from Amazon.