Chris Whitaker: We Begin At The End


For fans of Jane Harper’s The Dry comes a powerful novel about 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.

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.


I’ve heard so many things about We Begin At The End, and all of them amazing, so I was really pleased to finally get to read it, and it was absolutely worth the wait. Chris Whitaker’s writing is sublime: it takes you to all the places in the novel and describes them so vividly that I felt like I was there. He made me feel all the emotions; the anger, the sadness, the despair, the love, and this meant I could not help but keep reading so that I knew what happened to the characters. I was completely immersed in each of their journeys. One of my favourite books of all time is To Kill A Mockingbird. I definitely felt similar vibes from this novel and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that one of the characters in We Begin At The End shares their name with a character from the classic. 

We Begin At The End is set in a small community, where everyone knows everyone, and I felt really keenly the consequences of being different in a place like this, through not only Duchess and her family, but Walk and Thomas Noble amongst others too. I felt that all the characters were really well developed and they all evoked an emotional reaction in me. 

Although this novel is a slight slow burner, there is a mystery at the heart of the plot which intrigued me the whole way through. This is a novel which will stay in my heart for a long time to come. 

We Begin At The End is available from Amazon.

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