We Begin at the End (Hardback)Chris Whitaker (author)
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'You can't save someone that doesn't want to be saved . . .'
Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer. Now, he's been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed.
Duchess Radley, Star's thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin - and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town. Murder, revenge, retribution. How far can we run from the past when the past seems doomed to repeat itself?
With the staggering intensity of James Lee Burke and the absorbing narrative of Jane Harper's The Dry, We Begin at the End is a powerful novel about absolute love and the lengths we will go to keep our family safe. This is a story about good and evil and how life is lived somewhere in between.
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 663 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 40 mm
'An intense, evocative, and quite brilliant crime novel that stays with you long after you've finished the last page' - Simon Kernick
'Chris Whitaker's third novel, We Begin at the End, is the kind of breakout book that publishers dream about. Rich with character and story, conflict and tension, humor, tragedy and raw, unadulterated guts, this one has it all. Throw in the most compelling young protagonist I've read in at least a decade, and you have a deep and meaningful story that is an absolute delight from first page to last. Nicely done, Mr. Whitaker!' - John Hart
'I hate this man. I mean, I really hate him because this is the sort of book that makes you feel like you're not trying hard enough as an author. Just amazing' - C J Tudor
'The character of Duchess Day Radley is so beautifully written, she will remain with you for a long time' - Lynda La Plante
'A sensational book. Addictive, beautifully-written and immersive. So many layers. So many fascinating characters. Chris Whitaker is an immensely talented writer' - Will Dean
'I LOVED it . . . so intricately, delicately written, with such care and affection for all the characters. I adored all the relationships and ALL the characters without exception . . . his descriptions are so vivid, so visual, so beautifully drawn.We Begin at the End is surely destined to conquer the world. This intensely captivating story and its uniquely intriguing characters holds you in its jaws till the very last word. Astonishingly good' - Ruth Jones
'I love Duchess Day Radley so much I want to adopt her. She is every thirteen-year-old girl at risk, an outlaw both pure of heart and ill of intent, a fierce and melancholy girl, so memorable she will make camp in your brain and never leave. In We Begin at the End, Chris Whitaker has written a gorgeous, crystalline novel, a cautionary tale about the long shadows cast by our past selves, and one defiant girl with the bravery to hope for something better. I love this beautiful book' - Jeanine Cummins, author of American Dirt
'This heart-rending story ... is among the most powerful and moving I have read in years ... Written with the panache of James Lee Burke, it's so gripping that I read it twice - with tears in my eyes' - Geoffrey Wansell, The Daily Mail
'Brutal, yet beautiful, this painfully human tale cements Whitaker's status as one of the most talented authors writing today' - HEAT Magazine
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I am something of a Chris Whitaker novice having read none of his other books yet. I was so impressed with this outstanding literary mystery! The premise of the book beckoned to me and I knew that I had to read this... More
“Slow start but wonderful read”
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I wasn’t really sure it would be my kind of story but after a slow start it reeled me in and I found it hard to put down. Sissy Radley is killed by Vincent King... More
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