We Begin at the End

We Begin at the End

by Chris Whitaker (Author)

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 WindsRight. 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. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company"Heartbreaking, unexpected, and hopeful, this audiobook is a must-listen. Narrator George Newbern's nuanced delivery engages listeners and helps the layers of the story unfold." -- AudioFile Magazine

In the captivating novel "We Begin at the End" by Chris Whitaker, we are introduced to a small, seemingly ordinary town called Cape Haven, California. The story centers around the enigmatic and troubled Walker family, particularly the two young siblings, Duchess and Robin. Duchess, a teenage girl with a sharp wit and a penchant for trouble, finds herself entangled in a situation that brings her face-to-face with the harsh realities of life.

As Duchess navigates her own tumultuous journey, she crosses paths with a cast of intriguing characters, each with their own secrets and struggles. Among them is her brother Robin, a gentle soul wrestling with a painful past and a longing for acceptance. Together, the Walker siblings embark on a quest to uncover the truth about their family's dark history, while confronting their own demons and forging an unbreakable bond.

"We Begin at the End" is a poignant and atmospheric tale that explores the complexities of family, love, and the resilience of the human spirit. With its richly drawn characters and evocative setting, the novel delves into the depths of grief, loss, and the indomitable will to survive. Whitaker's evocative storytelling captivates readers from the very first page, taking them on an emotional journey that is both heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful.

As the story unfolds, Duchess and Robin's lives intertwine with those of other residents of Cape Haven, revealing the hidden connections and shared histories that bind them together. The novel delves into themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the search for a sense of belonging. It raises questions about the nature of truth and justice, and the consequences of our actions.

With its evocative prose and unforgettable characters, "We Begin at the End" is a powerful and moving exploration of the human condition. It is a story that lingers in the mind long after the last page is turned, leaving readers with a profound sense of empathy and a renewed appreciation for the beauty and fragility of life.