The First Cut (Paperback)
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.”