With the staggering intensity of James Lee Burke and the absorbing narrative of Jane Harper’s The Dry, We Begin at the End is a powerful novel about absolute love and 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.
‘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?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Vincent King at just fifteen years old was sent to an adult prison for the murder of Sissy Radley, his girlfriend’s sister. The body of Sissy had been found by his best friend Walker, who subsequently turned King into the authorities. The story jumps 30 years and present-day in Cape Haven, California as King returns to his home town and the people with long memories. His best friend Walker is now Sherrif and Star, his ex-girlfriend and sister of murdered Sissy is now the town drunk with two children. Dutchess Radley at thirteen is full time career for her mum and her younger brother Robin. Dutchess is an unforgettable character that will haunt you day and night way after you have finished the book.
Walker has watched over Star the best he could and keeps his eye on the children but Dutchess trusts no-one. Dutchess has anger in her that never seems to be still, making her impulsive, unstable and very volatile. She doesn’t have friends and watches over her brother like a hawk. Their mother works at a bar and sings, never getting back home without being totally legless but she is still a beautiful woman that turns heads. Dutchess has to take responsibility for providing for them all. When Dutchess takes matters into her own hands, after an incident, she sets into motion events that will rip so many lives apart.
This is an absolutely top read! The characters are superb and the connection I felt with them just linked up with every emotion that I have myself. Dutchess is an amazing character that you want to wrap up and take care of. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and driven with an overwhelming determination for justice. There are some really touching scenes too between her and Robin right way through the book, that at times was overwhelming. The town and its people come to life to the point that you feel you could go there and see them. A brilliant story. Totally knocked off my feet!
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chris Whitaker was born in London and spent ten years working as a financial trader in the city.
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. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two young sons.