Day One: A Novel (Hardcover)

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“A gripping examination of a community devastated by a school shooting and the ‘truthers’ who deny it ever happened. Within that story is a girl who’s hiding what she knows about what happened that day. A chilling, thought-provoking read. Brilliant.” —Shari Lapena, New York Times–bestselling author of Everyone Here Is Lying and The Couple Next Door

A village hall, a primary-school play, a beautiful Lake District town in England. Into this idyllic scene steps a lone gunman whose actions set off a chain of events that will have devastating consequences for the close-knit community of Stonesmere.

In the weeks following the cataclysm, conspiracy theorists start questioning what happened. Two young people find themselves at the epicenter of the uproar: Marty, the town’s golden girl and daughter of a teacher killed that day, and Trent, whose memories of his brief time trying to fit into Stonesmere fuel his attachment to the conspiracies.

But what really happened at the Day One assembly? What secrets is Marty keeping and what blind spots does Trent miss? In this world where news travels fast and videos and gossip travel faster, how does a community move forward together?

Opening with a gripping moment of terror and then jumping forward in time to show how secrets, trauma, miscommunications, and unrequited feelings reverberate over a lifetime, Abigail Dean once again delivers “a riveting page-turner, full of hope in the face of despair” (Sophie Hannah, The Guardian).

About the Author


Abigail Dean started her career as a bookseller, then worked as a lawyer for ten years, most recently for Google. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Girl A and is at work on her third novel. She lives in London with her husband, son, and cat.

Praise For…


“From the author of Girl A comes a new and prescient thriller about a school shooting in an idyllic English town and the conspiracy theories that soon proliferate. Dean has picked a tough topic, but one I predict she’ll explore with sensitivity and grace.” CrimeReads, “Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2024”

“A gripping examination of a community devastated by a school shooting and the ‘truthers’ who deny it ever happened. Within that story is a girl who’s hiding what she knows about what happened that day. A chilling, thought-provoking read. Brilliant.” —Shari Lapena, New York Times–bestselling author of Everyone Here Is Lying and The Couple Next Door
 
“Superb! Day One is what brilliant thriller writing is all about: living, breathing characters, a nonstop plot, and—as we’ve come to love about Dean—a voice that is rich, evocative, and, dare I say it, literary. And given that the novel wrestles with a subject that has been wrenchingly close to many of us, the tale will stay with you long after you read the final page.” —Jeffery Deaver, New York Times–bestselling author of The Bone Collector and The Watchmaker’s Hand
 
“Gripping and beautifully written Day One confronts the darkest parts of human nature with guts and grace. I loved it.” —Emilia Hart, New York Times–bestselling author of Weyward
 
“A stunning and masterful mystery. A beautifully observed portrait of unthinkable tragedy and the remnants of love, hope, and despair that remain. Abigail Dean is a rare and very special storyteller.” —Chris Whitaker, New York Times–bestselling author of We Begin at the End
 
Day One is a phenomenal, stunningly intelligent thriller, delving sharply into the destructive power of misinformation and conspiracy theories. It is at once empathic and uncompromising. No one writes darkness like Abigail Dean.” —Clémence Michallon, author of The Quiet Tenant
 
“What a shining talent Abigail Dean is! Day One is riveting, original, and sensitively spun—and if possible, even better than Girl A!” —Victoria Selman, author of Truly Darkly Deeply
 
Day One is a devastating, beautiful novel written with such skill, grace, and compassion that I couldn’t stop reading through the tears. Abigail Dean writes about the survivors of a terrible tragedy with sensitivity and care along with superb storytelling, and the result is a novel you will read in one sitting but that will linger in your mind for much longer.” —Jennifer Saint, author of Elektra and Ariadne

“Harrowing, heartbreaking, and utterly immersive. In detailing the aftermath of a small-town school shooting, Dean eloquently explores the unreliability of memory, the long tail of trauma, and the harm that ignorant outsiders can do.” —Ellery Lloyd, author of New York Times bestseller The Club
 
“Clear-eyed and powerful, this beautifully written novel explores what happens after a small town is torn apart by senseless violence. Dean is a writer of great sensitivity and skill, and she has produced another thought-provoking, compelling page-turner with Day One.” —Louise O’Neill, author of Idol and After the Silence
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593295878
ISBN-10: 0593295870
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English