Published in the UK as Caedmon's Song, this is a gripping standalone thriller from New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson.
On a balmy June night, Kirsten, a young university student, is strolling home through a silent moonlit park when she is viciously attacked.
When she awakens in the hospital, she has no recollection of that brutal night. But then slowly, painfully, details reveal themselves--dreams of two figures, one white and one black, hovering over her; snatches of a strange and haunting song; the unfamiliar texture of a rough and deadly hand . . .
In another part of the country, Martha Browne arrives in a Yorkshire seaside town, posing as an author doing research for a book. But her research is of a particularly macabre variety. Who is she hunting with such deadly determination? And why?
The First Cut is a vivid and compelling psychological thriller, from the author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Banks series.
“Brilliant….dark, frightening [and] satisfying.”
“This atmospheric tale of suspense will keep readers wondering what’s really going on.…Highly recommended.”
-Library Journal (Starred)
“Taut … Robinson keeps up the suspense … Shows a welcome new side to [Inspector] Banks’ accomplished career.”
Praise for The First Cut:“An exceptionally well-crafted psychological thriller.”
-Toronto Globe and Mail
“Harrowing. . . . the suspense builds mercilessly to a high pitch . . . it’s spellbinding.”
“A powerful and haunting novel, ingenious in construction and both intelligent and compassionate.”