We Begin at the End

We Begin at the End

by Chris Whitaker (Author)

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.

In Chris Whitaker's captivating novel, "We Begin at the End," readers are introduced to a haunting tale set in the rugged landscapes of California, where secrets and betrayals collide in a small coastal town.

The story follows the lives of Duchess Day Radley, a troubled young woman with a mysterious past, and her unlikely bond with Vincent King, a former police officer haunted by his own demons.

As Duchess struggles to uncover the truth about her family's tragic past, she finds herself entangled in a web of lies, corruption, and violence that threatens to consume her.

With Vincent by her side, Duchess digs deeper into the dark secrets that plague the town, uncovering a trail of broken promises and shattered dreams that span generations.

As their search for answers intensifies, Duchess and Vincent must confront their own inner demons and confront the devastating consequences of past actions.

"We Begin at the End" is a powerful and evocative novel that delves into the complexities of familial bonds, the weight of guilt, and the redemptive power of love.

Chris Whitaker's masterful storytelling weaves a gripping narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

With its rich characters, evocative setting, and intricate plot, "We Begin at the End" is a must-read for fans of compelling literary fiction and suspenseful thrillers.

Immerse yourself in the world of Duchess Day Radley and Vincent King as they navigate the treacherous waters of betrayal, grief, and the enduring power of human connection.


368 pages