Day one

Abigail Dean


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*The breathtaking new novel from the bestselling author of Girl A*

ISBN: 9780008389260 Category:


*The breathtaking new novel from the bestselling author of Girl A*

‘I couldn’t put this down’ Stacey Halls

‘A devastating, beautiful novel’ Jennifer Saint

‘Gripping and beautifully written’ Emilia Hart

‘A chilling, thought-provoking read’ Shari Lapena

‘A beautiful writer’ Adele Parks

‘An exceptionally skilful book’ Clare Mackintosh

Marty told the reporters that she saw it happen. She saw the gunman enter the hall. She saw her mother die trying to protect them all.

That’s the version of Day One Marty wishes was true.

But strange inconsistencies in her story begin to surface. Details that don’t add up. Questions she can’t answer.

The story ignites. Amidst the media frenzy, conspiracy theorists become obsessed with exposing what really happened. And at the epicentre of it all is a small community changed forever. Survivors crushed by guilt. Families torn in half. Outsiders consumed by the hunt for truth.

Each has their own version of Day One. Each must grapple with this tragedy, even as fanatics question whether it ever really happened at all.

But what did Marty really see?

And why would she lie?

As events spiral out of control, the true story is revealed, piece by shocking piece. Day One is an unflinching and heart-breaking exploration of our obsession with tragedy – and what it really means to live it.

*What readers are saying about DAY ONE*

‘Abigail Dean has pulled off an incredible feat with this unforgettable, searing but compassionate novel’ ?????

‘A gripping read which kept me trying to figure out the larger picture until the very last page’ ?????

‘It’s technically so impressive, but most importantly it’s vital and human, and I will think about it for a long time’?????

‘Gripping and insightful’?????

‘As a study of how conspiracies flourish and grow, it is superb. As an examination of loss, it is even better’?????

‘Oh my word this is a book you race through, desperate to know what happens next’?????

‘It’s timely, it’s moving, it looks at the untruths we tell ourselves and others in an attempt to understand the real horrors of the world – it’s just brilliant’?????

‘A twisty story with genuine depth’?????

‘This was an exceptionally well written book, both gripping and evocative’?????

‘Gut-wrenching truths are exposed little by little, leading to an agonisingly tender ending’?????

‘This novel moved me to tears and broke my heart’?????

Additional information

Weight 0.59 kg
Dimensions 24 × 15.9 × 3.8 cm










Hardback original


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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