We Begin at the End - Chris Whitaker

We Begin at the End

By Chris Whitaker

  • Release Date: 2021-03-02
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 661 Ratings

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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.


  • We begin at the end

    By Lynn, Hans pack leader
    I was at first thinking I had picked the wrong book. I quickly realized I had something very special. The characters became believable , even likely in the early chapters. Then They became people I have known or met. An emotional read with some tough to take realities. Thank you. 🤙🏻
  • Impressive

    By Saiaii
    Stunning. Terrific character development and depth, I could not put it down
  • Perfect

    By Marakt11
    Excellent page turner. Emotionally exhausting.
  • Page turning mystery

    By kaykaybean13
  • So Worth the Time!

    By Alfreda G
    This book is so beautifully written and all encompassing. The story is tragic and messy and keeps you guessing at every turn and yet somehow love is at the center of it all. Love breaks through all the clouds in this story and shines through in the most unexpected and heart wrenching ways. I found it hard to put down.
  • Loved this book!

    By EHT1960
    This was an outstanding book and I loved reading it from start to finish. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, it took a different turn. I also loved how this book wasn’t political in any way. No political overtones or biases. So refreshing!
  • Thought it would never end

    By Princeton Way
    A major disappointment. I really wanted to like this book. Cutesy names distracted from the story. No clear storyline. I finally gave up after 1/3 way through. Waste of time.
  • Begin at the End

    By No No Nannette
    Hmmmm. I finished this book thinking there would be at least one positive turn. Nothing. Good story, good characters, writing cadence a little jerky. It was just too too depressing.
  • One for the Ages

    By fpp221
    This previously unknown author (to me) and this amazing story just blew me away. A truly moving story and characters - especially The Outlaw Dutchess Ray Ridley- that I will long remember. I will be reading his other works for sure.
  • Such an Awesome Book

    By prescottjewels
    I enjoyed this book so much! One of the best books I’ve read in the last 10 years!!!