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Winner of the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel from the Crime Writers’ Association (UK)
Winner for Best International Crime Fiction from Australian Crime Writers Association
An Instant New York Times Bestseller


“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 he’s 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 families―the ones we are born into and the ones we create.

Amazon.com Review

Imagine a 13-year-old girl—think a modern-day Scout—old enough to have experience of the evils of the world, young enough to think declaring herself an outlaw will keep her and her younger brother safe. Filled with murder, poverty, prison, drugs, and shattered dreams in a small town, We Begin at the End is a mystery that covers a lot of ground. But it’s the electrifying young Duchess who will stick with you long after you turn the final page. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Book Review

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Winner of the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel from the Crime Writers’ Association (UK)
Winner for Best International Crime Fiction from Australian Crime Writers Association
Winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (UK)

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

A Good Morning America Buzz Pick
#1 Indie Next Pick


Praise for We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

We Begin at the End was recommended by a friend, who recommended to a friend, who recommended it to my wife Sue, who gushed about it to me. It is that kind of very emotional, well-written, unforgettable story that gets people gushing―including me.”
James Patterson

“Cape Haven, Calif., is a pretty town of broken souls. Its chief cop clings to the past as his body fails. A drunk former beauty can barely care for the kids she loves, and her fierce 13-year-old daughter Duchess Day Radley imagines herself an outlaw willing to do anything to defend her little brother."
People (Book of the Week)

“A heartbreaking, page-turning, swashbuckling thriller.”
Good Morning America

“What is new is the protagonist’s anguished, gorgeous voice, filled with rage and tenderness.”
The Washington Post

“Ravishing, pulse-raising suspense....”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“A moving, propulsive story.”
The New York Times Book Review

“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

“Couldn’t 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 children―one timid and sweet, the other foul-mouthed and furious―will break readers’ hearts in this well-plotted and perfectly-paced novel. If, like me, you love stories that kidnap your intended schedule because you can’t not keep turning the pages, then I wholeheartedly recommend Chris Whitaker’s 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, you’ll be left thinking about this novel long after the final page.”
Newsweek

“It''s an instant classic….Let’s begin at the end. After you’ve turned the final page of Chris Whitaker’s magnificent new novel, you’ll struggle―I struggled, certainly―to describe the experience…it 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 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.”
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 can’t 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. I’ll 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)

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.

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Ingrid Tabash
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not recommended
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2021
I don’t know if the publisher paid a bunch of people to write 5 star reviews or what, but when I read “one of the best books I’ve ever read” over and over, I have to wonder if there’s some payola or just a crazy coincidence that so many readers have read so many crummy... See more
I don’t know if the publisher paid a bunch of people to write 5 star reviews or what, but when I read “one of the best books I’ve ever read” over and over, I have to wonder if there’s some payola or just a crazy coincidence that so many readers have read so many crummy books that this one would be one of the best ever.
The characters here are mainly stereotypes except for Duchess, the heroine, who is just so tirelessly nasty and boringly profane that I was sick of her quickly. The other characters change behaviors and actions so often that they soon become untenable, as the author manipulates the reader unashamedly and as he does so, the plot becomes ridiculous. In the end the whole book collapses into a pile of nonsense. Not recommended.
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Jandysim
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So disappointed in this book
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2021
Such glowing reviews, so many stars, so disappointed. The writer lives in England and if he had set his story there I might have more enthralled with his prose. The novel is, instead, set in a town in California near the Pacific Coast. Mr Whittaker''s grasp of American... See more
Such glowing reviews, so many stars, so disappointed. The writer lives in England and if he had set his story there I might have more enthralled with his prose. The novel is, instead, set in a town in California near the Pacific Coast. Mr Whittaker''s grasp of American English definitely needed a fact checker since there are quite a few jarring mistakes that kept diverting my attention from the plot. Americans, at least in California, do not call a 6 pack of beer a ''sixer'', or refer to mustard as ''French''s'', or hot dogs, or franks as ''frankfurters''. Women in California do not ''fall pregnant''. they get pregnant. In California we turn off the TV or turn off the garden hose, Mr. Whittaker''s characters ''cut the TV'' and ''cut the hose''. He refers to a cute town as looking as though it had been ''lifted from Anaheim'', does he mean Disneyland? Kids who ride up on their bikes rest their hand on their ''Stelbers'', pray, what ARE Stelbers? In California no small towns have a ''butcher''s'' as a separate shop, butcher''s are in larger-or sometimes smaller- markets. If these people live near Salinas, as he purports, they would not be talking about the baseball team the Angels, but about the Giants. His place and street names are laughably non-Californian-Cape Haven, Bitterwater, Vermont, Pensacola-and I''m only on page 38. A deer would never be roaming ''the Mendocino'' which first of all is a long way from Salinas, and is the name of a County in the State, as well as a town in the County of Mendocino, and while there might be deer in Mendocino there is NO area ever referred to as ''the Mendocino''. If Walk is traveling 100 miles from the area near Salinas to the prison to pick up Vincent he would be nowhere near the town of Hanford, and there is no ''Central Valley Highway'' anywhere in the state. I''ve gotten as far as page 65 and have just noticed he has a street named Cassidy and a young girl who torments Duchess also named Cassidy...oh, and there is a character named ''Dickie Darke''...seriously?. I''m sorry, I can''t continue to read this; why oh why did his publisher not have an editor check these things, and why oh why did the author not place this perhaps intriguing novel in a setting and country with which he was familiar? Sadly, on page 72 my journey with Star, Duchess, and Walk is over.
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Darcy Gue
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Annoyingly mediocre writing with not-bad characterization and plot concept
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2021
Chances are my review would be one star higher if this book hadn’t been hyped so much. I read it thru, only because of the touching teenage Duchess, so well-defined against her horrific home life. Overall, characterization was the bright spot....Otherwise, this was a mess... See more
Chances are my review would be one star higher if this book hadn’t been hyped so much. I read it thru, only because of the touching teenage Duchess, so well-defined against her horrific home life. Overall, characterization was the bright spot....Otherwise, this was a mess of a novel, tediously over-written with much repetitive phrasing and clumsy dialogue, overly complex organization, non-believable scenarios and plot developments, and an unlikely and trite sinner/redemption theme applied to almost every character. The author’s reliance on convenient, sensational coincidences was ridiculous. I read 3-4 high-quality books a week. I can’t include this among them.
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Russel A. Dove
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This book is garbage. Period.
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2021
This book was downright awful. Most characters had no redeeming qualities, and the few that did just disappear toward the end of the book. What happened to them?! The story sucked, a few main characters were trashy people with no morals or common sense, and the ending was... See more
This book was downright awful. Most characters had no redeeming qualities, and the few that did just disappear toward the end of the book. What happened to them?! The story sucked, a few main characters were trashy people with no morals or common sense, and the ending was terrible, and I have never finished a book that has left so many loose ends. It was definitely a sad book, but the author left us hanging, making it the most frustrating ending ever. You have to have some sort of conclusion! Do not waste your money on this crap. I threw it in the trash after I read it.
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Nina Brown
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Unusually unpredictable and intriguing story
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2020
Best book I’ve read in a very long time! Extremely likeable (and hateable) characters, interesting punchy and descriptive writing style and most importantly, a story line that was deeply unusual and unpredictable and enthralling. Loved every page of this book and highly... See more
Best book I’ve read in a very long time! Extremely likeable (and hateable) characters, interesting punchy and descriptive writing style and most importantly, a story line that was deeply unusual and unpredictable and enthralling. Loved every page of this book and highly recommend it
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Mia
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Exciting and emotional
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2020
When I first started reading this book wasn''t sure but then I could not put it down. It''s full of life not perfect but trying to cope. Duchess young girl trying to look after her young brother, mother trying her best but not really able to look out for her children. Murder,... See more
When I first started reading this book wasn''t sure but then I could not put it down. It''s full of life not perfect but trying to cope. Duchess young girl trying to look after her young brother, mother trying her best but not really able to look out for her children. Murder, seeking revenge, wanting a normal family. Life never runs smoothly. This author has captured it all. It did make me cry think how well my life has been but for others sadness and heartache. This book i could not put down.
Highly recommend this book
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Sue Purbrick
5.0 out of 5 stars
An absolute masterpiece
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2020
I was totally seduced by this absolute masterpiece and cannot remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a book, which makes it immensely difficult to review. We Being at the End is a brilliant crime thriller, but it is so, so much more. It should... See more
I was totally seduced by this absolute masterpiece and cannot remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a book, which makes it immensely difficult to review.

We Being at the End is a brilliant crime thriller, but it is so, so much more. It should come with a warning: you won’t want it to finish and 13-year-old outlaw, Duchess Radley, will work her way right into your heart. There’s so much to this absorbing and wonderful story, contained in such well-chosen words. Apart from murder, it’s about family, love, hate and growing up. It’s about disease and triumph. It’s also about justice, good and bad, and how they can all be blurred.

Chris Whitaker tells this beautiful yet often desperately sad story with such sophisticated simplicity that it’s more poetry than novel. Right from the off I knew this was a book to savour—so that the words could make magic in my head and the characters begin to inhabit me. There’s an emotional intensity that simply took my breath away.

I adored the wild, impetuous Duchess – such a child, yet in so many ways wise beyond her years. She carries wretched hatred deep down inside her which often explodes into ill thought-out action which wreaks havoc on herself and those around her. She’ll live on in my head for a long, long time.

Chief Walker (Walk) is also masterfully portrayed. He simply wants everyone else to be happy. He’s deep-down good and a major influence on Duchess, “It was Walk who kept her from doing something foolish, he anchored her to the good, he kept her aimed toward the future instead of the now.”

While Walk believes his childhood friend, Vincent King, is innocent and is determined to prove it, Duchess firmly believes he’s guilty and sets out to “right a lifetime of wrongs”.

The author lays human relationships bare and the bond between siblings Duchess and Robin Radley will break your heart with its strength and purity. Gutsy Duchess protects and mothers her little brother fiercely; in return, Robin keeps Duchess in check, often saving her from herself.

Whitaker uses nature to portray the relationship between Hal and his grandchildren. As the Montana winter creeps in, ironically there are hints of the beginning of a thaw in the relationship between Duchess and her grandfather. And while she and Hal look out over his land, “He watched out, trees and water and the nothing that was slowly becoming something to her.” The old man is so wise in his quiet way and so artful in his dealings with his rebellious granddaughter.

I highlighted so many passages on my Kindle for their sheer beauty and poetry. It’s tempting to record a whole lot of them here, but you’ll just have to read the book for yourself. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Please read it, you won’t regret it.
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Mystery Gal
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Well-written but exhausting
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2021
I realize that for such a popular book, the chances of this review even being seen are slim to none. However, having struggled to the end of this story, I feel obliged to offer my thoughts to others considering purchasing it. This is an exhausting book to read. Mr.... See more
I realize that for such a popular book, the chances of this review even being seen are slim to none. However, having struggled to the end of this story, I feel obliged to offer my thoughts to others considering purchasing it.
This is an exhausting book to read. Mr. Whitaker is a gifted writer, but frankly I worry about a person who could devote so many hours, days, months of his life to creating a work of such unrelenting darkness. From the first page to the last, the considerable characters (so many I had to create a handwritten chart to keep track of who was related to whom) were exhausted, conflicted, haunted by the past, frightened by the future, and suffering from a horrific assortment of physical and mental afflictions.
The author even deliberately guts a possible happy ending by unnecessarily separating, in my view, two of the main characters. There are moments when the people who populate this novel do experience beauty, receive affection, and do the right thing, and that''s what got me to the end of this heartbreaker, but if you''re looking for an uplifting read, my recommendation is to look elsewhere.
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Spicewalker
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Heartbreaking, powerful, brilliant.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 26, 2020
This book has given me sleepless nights. Not because it is gruesome or scary. Not even because I was compelled to read into the small hours to finish it. If anything I took my time, reading it over several evenings in the end because I wanted to savour it. No. This book...See more
This book has given me sleepless nights. Not because it is gruesome or scary. Not even because I was compelled to read into the small hours to finish it. If anything I took my time, reading it over several evenings in the end because I wanted to savour it. No. This book gave me sleepless nights because when I finally did finish it my mind was so awash with all the things I wanted to say about it, all the words that weren’t going to be enough, that I spent half of the night switching my lights back on so that I could make notes as soon as something came to mind. I am not a person who makes notes. I am a wing it and see kind of reviewer. This is quite the departure for me … This book, perhaps ironically, doesn’t begin at the end at all. Not really. It begins thirty years prior to the main story, focusing the reader on the event which is to prove to be the catalyst for all that is to come. It is a relatively unassuming opener, no quick action, no scenes to make the reader jump or unnecessarily anxious, and yet it still packs a punch, the final lines setting the tone for novel. It is a short but effective chapter which tells you all you need to know about the tone of the book, the pace, and that gives you just the hint of all you are about to experience. This is, when all is said and done, a murder mystery. One of the key characters is killed, the murderer seemingly apparent, but the circumstances clouded by all that has gone one before. In reality, whilst the investigators truly believe they have their man, a slam dunk case with a defendant who will neither confess to the deed, nor defend himself against the charge, as a reader you know that it is not as simple as it appears, a conviction held by town Sheriff , Walk, also best friend of the key suspect, Vincent King. But this book is so much more than just a murder investigation. It is a brilliant portrayal of life in a small American town. Of the residents who make up the community of Cape Haven and how the years have meant things staying the same for some and causing immeasurable damage to others. For a very English guy from Hertfordshire, Chris Whitaker has an amazing ability to create a truly authentic American voice, capturing the very essence of that style which put me very much in mind of authors such as John Hart. A kind of melancholic resignation about what is happening. His ability to put you in the heart of the action, to create such a sense of place, is perfect and as a reader it makes you feel you are there, alongside Walk as he tries his damnedest to get to the truth. If you are looking for a fast action murder mystery, this is absolutely not the book for you. That is not where this particular author excels. What you can expect when you pick this book up is a novel full of such deep emotion and pain that it seeps from every page. And, as I have come to expect from Mr Whitaker, he not only captures the voice, the sense of place, perfectly, he creates characters who are authentic. From Walk, to Star Radley, a young mother so broken by her past that it has devastating consequences for her present, to the neighbours who range from the nosy parker to the former jock to the creepy and dangerous landlord – you have them all. Skin crawling to sympathetic, struggling in many different ways, both mentally and physically. Now in every Chris Whitaker novel you get that one character who steals your heart. In We Begin At The End, that honour falls fairly and squarely at the feet of ‘The Outlaw’ Duchess Day Radley. Barely a teenager, she has more responsibility than any child should, acting as caregiver for her younger brother Robin, while also looking out for her mother, Star. Duchess has a tenacity and level of bravado that is way beyond her years, a spiky nature that is driven by circumstance. A defence mechanism, tinged with a cynicism that is sad to see in one so young. At times it is easy to forget that she is still only a child, making those moments when you remember all the more poignant. Duchess has been faced with a childhood far darker than she deserves, and with more disappointment than any child should have to go through. Her actions and reactions are understandable, gutsy and believable, able to make you smile and weep simultaneously. She is tough to a point of almost perfect isolation, but those moments when she lets someone else in, when she forgets herself and acts as any child should, are heartwarming and emotional. Walk is the other central character in the novel. A very staid man, he prefers the status quo trying to stave off the inevitable change that is all around him, affecting him on a far more personal level than he is willing to admit. Certain of his friend’s innocence, he guides the reader between past and present, investigating a case that the state believes is closed and looking out for Star, Duchess and Robin in a way that is totally endearing and believable. You can feel the regret that emanates from him, the blame he takes for how events pan out, making his need to set things right completely understandable. He is someone that I was happy to go on the journey with, whose dedication and determination was both tragic and commendable. This is a book about secrets and lies. About the lengths that people will go to to protect those that they love – about the ultimate sacrifices that they are willing to make for one another. About the unassailable bond between friends, family and lovers that spans decades and shapes a lifetime of hurt. Of how one single decision can change everything. Whilst I may have guessed in part how the story was going to play out, I still wasn’t prepared for the emotional impact I felt when the truth was finally revealed. It is an ending that is both full of sorrow and yet tinged with hope for the future, this is a very classy piece of fiction, with a stunning narrative packed with vivid description, that I am certain is going to be a huge success.
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patp
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not for me
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 28, 2020
Not for me - at the moment anyway. I could not get to grips with the writing style and found it very slow and at times irritating, The name of one of the main characters ''Walk'' really got on my nerves for some reason. Lastly I was not convinced it was a story of an all...See more
Not for me - at the moment anyway. I could not get to grips with the writing style and found it very slow and at times irritating, The name of one of the main characters ''Walk'' really got on my nerves for some reason. Lastly I was not convinced it was a story of an all American township past or present. Perhaps I will try again at a later date, but I have already tried twice and slapped it shut in annoyance both times!
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Sandy M
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Misery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2020
I know this has garnered fabulous reviews. I read widely and a lot. I found this slow, the writing dull and the characters so mired in misery that death seemed a fair option for them all. I saw no beauty in the writing and cared so little I gave up quarter way through. I...See more
I know this has garnered fabulous reviews. I read widely and a lot. I found this slow, the writing dull and the characters so mired in misery that death seemed a fair option for them all. I saw no beauty in the writing and cared so little I gave up quarter way through. I rarely don’t finish books but ploughing through this was a punishment exercise.
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MaireadH
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A magnificent novel. An evocative read. Captivates and compels
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2020
We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker was released on April 2nd with Zaffre Publishing. It is a book that has captured the minds and hearts of many but why? Described as a novel ‘with the staggering intensity of James Lee Burke and the absorbing narrative of Jane Harper’s...See more
We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker was released on April 2nd with Zaffre Publishing. It is a book that has captured the minds and hearts of many but why? Described as a novel ‘with the staggering intensity of James Lee Burke and the absorbing narrative of Jane Harper’s The Dry…..a powerful novel about absolute love and the lengths we will go to keep our family safe….a story about good and evil and how life is lived somewhere in between’, We Begin At The End is truly a remarkable and absorbing read. It is rare that I would say a book is flawless but Chris Whitaker has achieved this. We Begin At The End is a novel that will genuinely remain with me for a long time. Chris Whitaker’s writing is spectacular. His ability to create such incredible characters, to immerse the reader in a different world is nothing short of genius. From the opening lines I was reading with a drawl, a twang that I imagined the ‘players’ spoke with. Cape Haven is a small town in America. A place where everyone knows everybody else’s business. Chief Walker, like the rest of the town, is awaiting the arrival of Vincent King, a man due to be released back into society after 30 years, a man that was, and still is, Chief Walker’s best friend. Vincent King had been imprisoned at the age of fifteen for the death of young Sissy Radley. While in prison, his sentence was extended for the death of another man. Walker always stood by his friend, believed in him, believed in the memories of their youth and the friendship that existed between himself, King and Star, Sissy Radley’s older sister. Star Radley was dealt a tough deck. After her sister died, Star struggled to get by. Her life took a downward spiral and now with two children of her own, Duchess and Robin, Star is striving to stay afloat but she is troubled. Duchess sees her mother, witnesses her daily struggles and does her best to help her. Duchess is very protective of her younger brother, making sure he gets to school every day, has food to eat and is never the subject of bullying. Duchess is brave, a young girl who has experienced too much hardship, a girl who was born on the wrong side of the tracks. Walker has always done his best by Star, he looks out for her, keeps up the contact and provides for her when he can. He remembers the way the three friends were and hopes, with King released, that they can have closure and move on with their lives. But Walker has his own personal cross to bear, a secret that he is keeping from his colleagues and friends. This is causing Walker great anguish as he knows he has to face his inner demons soon but first he must be strong, be there for his friend when he collects him from the state penitentiary. But trouble looms, as unexpected events take place that throw all their lives off kilter. The reader is left breathless, bereft, unable to think beyond these pages. We Begin At The End is not a fast-paced high-energy novel. The reader is given an insight into life in a small town and in the wider countryside of Montana. The sense of place is very strong with the heat, the smells, the people all stunningly portrayed in this outstanding novel. Chris Whitaker writes character driven novels. He goes deep into his characters, bringing their hopes and fears, their dreams and their nightmares right into our lives. As a reader you invest in them. You feel their pain, you experience sensations that only a writer of this caliber can evoke. Duchess, Robin, Walker, Star and Vincent King are all characters that you will invest in. Their stories will break your heart as you experience unexpected emotions that will leave you wrung out. We Begin At The End is a book you need to discover for yourself, a book that will reel you in once you start it, one that will most definitely leave you with an almighty book hangover, but one that you will gratefully embrace. We Begin At The End is a magnificent novel, an exquisite evocative read that captivates, compels and enraptures. All the stars and more for this one. Highly recommend!
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 8, 2020
I bought this book because I made the mistake of seeing all the glowing reviews listed ad nauseam. As I found it a waste of a few hours of my time, I was moved to write a review. I have the impression the author likes himself too much, and is not as witty as he thinks he...See more
I bought this book because I made the mistake of seeing all the glowing reviews listed ad nauseam. As I found it a waste of a few hours of my time, I was moved to write a review. I have the impression the author likes himself too much, and is not as witty as he thinks he is. I have read and greatly enjoyed Jane Harper''s ''The Dry'', but this isn''t a patch on her novel. This story left me feeling cold.
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Winner of the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel from the Crime Writers’ Association (UK)
Winner for Best International Crime Fiction from Australian Crime Writers Association
An Instant New York Times Bestseller


“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 he’s 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 families―the ones we are born into and the ones we create.

Amazon.com Review

Imagine a 13-year-old girl—think a modern-day Scout—old enough to have experience of the evils of the world, young enough to think declaring herself an outlaw will keep her and her younger brother safe. Filled with murder, poverty, prison, drugs, and shattered dreams in a small town, We Begin at the End is a mystery that covers a lot of ground. But it’s the electrifying young Duchess who will stick with you long after you turn the final page. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Book Review

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Winner of the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel from the Crime Writers’ Association (UK)
Winner for Best International Crime Fiction from Australian Crime Writers Association
Winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (UK)

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

A Good Morning America Buzz Pick
#1 Indie Next Pick


Praise for We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

We Begin at the End was recommended by a friend, who recommended to a friend, who recommended it to my wife Sue, who gushed about it to me. It is that kind of very emotional, well-written, unforgettable story that gets people gushing―including me.”
James Patterson

“Cape Haven, Calif., is a pretty town of broken souls. Its chief cop clings to the past as his body fails. A drunk former beauty can barely care for the kids she loves, and her fierce 13-year-old daughter Duchess Day Radley imagines herself an outlaw willing to do anything to defend her little brother."
People (Book of the Week)

“A heartbreaking, page-turning, swashbuckling thriller.”
Good Morning America

“What is new is the protagonist’s anguished, gorgeous voice, filled with rage and tenderness.”
The Washington Post

“Ravishing, pulse-raising suspense....”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“A moving, propulsive story.”
The New York Times Book Review

“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

“Couldn’t 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 children―one timid and sweet, the other foul-mouthed and furious―will break readers’ hearts in this well-plotted and perfectly-paced novel. If, like me, you love stories that kidnap your intended schedule because you can’t not keep turning the pages, then I wholeheartedly recommend Chris Whitaker’s 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, you’ll be left thinking about this novel long after the final page.”
Newsweek

“It''s an instant classic….Let’s begin at the end. After you’ve turned the final page of Chris Whitaker’s magnificent new novel, you’ll struggle―I struggled, certainly―to describe the experience…it 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 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.”
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 can’t 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. I’ll 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)

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.

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