We Begin at the End (Hardcover)

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A vibrant, engrossing, unputdownable thriller that packs a serious emotional punch. One of those rare books that surprise you along the way and then linger in your mind long after you have finished it.
Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds


Right. Wrong. Life is lived somewhere in between.


Duchess Day Radley is a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw. Rules are for other people. She is the fierce protector of her five-year-old brother, Robin, and the parent to her mother, Star, a single mom incapable of taking care of herself, let alone her two kids.

Walk has never left the coastal California town where he and Star grew up. He may have become the chief of police, but hes still trying to heal the old wound of having given the testimony that sent his best friend, Vincent King, to prison decades before. And he's in overdrive protecting Duchess and her brother.

Now, thirty years later, Vincent is being released. And Duchess and Walk must face the trouble that comes with his return. We Begin at the End is an extraordinary novel about two kinds of familiesthe ones we are born into and the ones we create.

About the Author


Chris Whitaker lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and three young children. When not writing he works part-time at a local library, where he gets to surround himself with books. His own authored books include Tall Oaks and All the Wicked Girls.

Praise For…


#1 Indie Next Pick

Praise for We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

Ravishing, pulse-raising suspense
O, The Oprah Magazine

A vibrant, engrossing, unputdownable thriller that packs a serious emotional punch. One of those rare books that surprise you along the way and then linger in your mind long after you have finished it.
Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds

A beautifully written mystery, packed with unforgettable characters. An intricately woven portrait of small-town intrigue where old and new sins collide.
Jane Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Dry and The Survivors

Couldnt put it down. Incredible writing, characters so brilliantly drawn they jump off the page. Outstanding.
B. A. Paris, bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

Two damaged childrenone timid and sweet, the other foul-mouthed and furiouswill break readers hearts in this well-plotted and perfectly-paced novel. If, like me, you love stories that kidnap your intended schedule because you cant not keep turning the pages, then I wholeheartedly recommend Chris Whitakers We Begin at the End.
Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of I Know This Much Is True

I LOVED this book. From the riveting plot to the beautiful writing. But mostly what kept me longing to get back to it each day were the characters, especially young Duchess. Fierce, brave, vulnerable, she leaps off the page fully formed. As does Walk. How aptly named. A chief of police on his own inexorable journey. This is a book to be read and reread and an author to be celebrated.
Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author

With prose as eerily beautiful as its settings, youll be left thinking about this novel long after the final page.
Newsweek

It's an instant classic.Lets begin at the end. After youve turned the final page of Chris Whitakers magnificent new novel, youll struggleI struggled, certainlyto describe the experienceit recalls the very best of Tana French and Dennis Lehane. Think of Duchess Day Radley as a twenty-first-century Scout Finch, tough and curious and good. In fact, think of We Begin at the End as a novel at the same time distinctly American and profoundly universal.
A.J. Finn, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Woman in the Window

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 Ive read in at least a decade, and you have a deep and meaningful story that is an absolute delight from first page to last.
John Hart, author of six New York Times bestsellers

We Begin at the End is a searing portrait of guilt and grief, strikingly written and full of characters you cant help but love.
Charlotte McConaghy, author of Migrations

Beautifully written, We Begin at the End really reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird. And the spirit of Scout is very much alive in Duchess.
Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

This is an epic drama and a profound masterpiece. Ill be amazed if I read a better novel this year.
Daily Mirror (UK)

Heartbreaking and profound, this is my thriller of the year.
The Mirror (UK)

It's extraordinary.
AARP

[An] impressive, often lyrical thriller. Whitaker crafts an absorbing plot around crimes in the present and secrets long buried, springing surprises to the very end. A fierce 13-year-old girl propels this dark, moving thriller.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A superb thriller. Powered by extraordinarily deep character development and an impressively intricate plot, this novel is simultaneously a murder mystery, a love story, and a heartbreaking tragedy. The existential agony is palpable throughout, but so, too, is the hope at the end. Whitaker has upped his game with this emotionally charged page-turner.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250759665
ISBN-10: 1250759668
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2021
Pages: 384
Language: English