So today, I’m taking part in the blog tour for We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker, and I’ll be sharing my review with you all.
About the author:
Chris Whitaker was born in London and spent ten years working as a financial trader in the city. He now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two young sons.
His debut novel, Tall Oaks, won the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger. Chris’s second novel, All The Wicked Girls, was published in August 2017. His third, We Begin at the End, is out now.
About the book:
‘You can’t save someone that doesn’t want to be saved . . .’
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.
How far can we run from the past when the past seems doomed to repeat itself?
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Its been two months since I read We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker, and to be perfectly honest, I *still* don’t know how to write this review. I mean, on the one hand I clearly loved it because it is my first 5 star book of 2020. Ironically though, I can’t find the words to do this book the justice I feel it deserves. So if this is a mish-mash of a review, I apologise, just know that I loved it.
Whitaker has a knack for writing well-drawn characters. The kind of characters you become invested in immediately. For me, Duchess Radley is most definitely up there with the best. Young, but with a much older head on her shoulders than should be allowed for a thirteen year old, she has had a lot to deal with in her short life. I still find myself thinking about her at times, which is always a good sign, proving she has dug her way into my head and heart indefinitely.
We Begin At The End is the perfect example of a great American crime novel. Is it crime? Is it a thriller? I know it is so much more than these, and I’m afraid to frame it into just one genre for fear of it being described as anything but brilliant. It starts off nice and slow, laying the foundations for the reader to get to know the both the characters and what has brought them to where they are now. When the story picks up pace, it is clear that Whitaker is a master because the entire plot is woven together so seamlessly that you are in awe of the journey he has taken you on without even realising it.
I don’t know how much more I could say about We Begin At The End without actually going into tons of detail about the actual plot itself. I don’t want to dissect it, because the satisfaction of seeing this story play out is something that you need to experience for yourself.
Chris Whitaker is one of the most talented young writers out there, and this, his third novel, is proof of that fact. We Begin At The End is a beautifully written novel. Powerful, raw, and utterly compelling, it is an emotional gut punch. I defy you not to read this and feel like you’ve been through the wringer.
Highly recommended, always.