We Begin at the End (Large Print / Paperback)

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Thirteen year old Duchess proclaims to be an outlaw to most everyone she meets. She’s cantankerous, armored, bright, and the daughter of Star, the town beauty who can’t overcome the tragic loss of her sister during her teen years. Beginning in a California coastal town, Duchess and her five year old, sweet brother, Robin, exist with the help of the town sheriff, Walk. Although Walk has a slough of his own problems, he tries to shelter Duchess’s disheveled family from more heartache. When troubles get too deep, he moves the children to Montana to live with their grandpa, Hal. The beauty of Montana is stunning, and while there Duchess gradually tries to let go of her outlaw status letting a few people penetrate her cracked life. This beautiful, multi-layered story of painful loss breathes forgiveness and love. Each character brings a different weight to this well-balanced novel. You will cringe, laugh and cry while reading this extraordinary book. A winner that ripples out far and wide.

— Liz

March 2021 Indie Next List

We Begin at the End is dramatic storytelling at its best, full of layers of intrigue and complex personalities set around the murder of the book’s most vulnerable character. The stoical, 13-year-old Duchess Day Radley takes center stage, and her heartbreaking life unleashes a hero within: self-proclaimed outlaw, bold and courageous, though to her peril not always wise beyond her years. Chris Whitaker has created a character for the ages and an extraordinary reading experience. By turns amusing, frightening, and exhilarating.”
— Robin Sung, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA


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. Chris Whitaker's 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.

About the Author

Chris Whitaker lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and three young children. His books include Tall Oaks and All the Wicked Girls. Follow Chris on Twitter @WhittyAuthor.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432896669
ISBN-10: 1432896660
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: March 30th, 2022
Language: English