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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
Winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (UK)

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New York Times Bestseller
A Good Morning America Buzz Pick
#1 Indie Next Pick

A Lariat Reading List Pick

Praise for We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

We Begin at the End was recommended by a friend, who recommended to a friend, who recommended it to my wife, who gushed about it to me. It is that kind of very emotional, well-written, unforgettable story that gets people gushing―including me.”
James Patterson

“Cape Haven, Calif., is a pretty town of broken souls. Its chief cop clings to the past as his body fails. A drunk former beauty can barely care for the kids she loves, and her fierce 13-year-old daughter Duchess Day Radley imagines herself an outlaw willing to do anything to defend her little brother."
People (Book of the Week)

“A heartbreaking, page-turning, swashbuckling thriller.”
Good Morning America

“What is new is the protagonist’s anguished, gorgeous voice, filled with rage and tenderness.”
The Washington Post

“Ravishing, pulse-raising suspense....”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“A moving, propulsive story.”
The New York Times Book Review

“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

“A beautifully written mystery, packed with unforgettable characters. An intricately woven portrait of small-town intrigue where old and new sins collide.”
Jane Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Dry and The Survivors

“Couldn’t put it down. Incredible writing, characters so brilliantly drawn they jump off the page. Outstanding.”
B. A. Paris, bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

“Two damaged children―one timid and sweet, the other foul-mouthed and furious―will break readers’ hearts in this well-plotted and perfectly-paced novel. If, like me, you love stories that kidnap your intended schedule because you can’t
not keep turning the pages, then I wholeheartedly recommend Chris Whitaker’s We Begin at the End.”
Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of I Know This Much Is True

“I LOVED this book. From the riveting plot to the beautiful writing. But mostly what kept me longing to get back to it each day were the characters, especially young Duchess. Fierce, brave, vulnerable, she leaps off the page fully formed. As does Walk. How aptly named. A chief of police on his own inexorable journey. This is a book to be read and reread and an author to be celebrated.”
Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“With prose as eerily beautiful as its settings, you’ll be left thinking about this novel long after the final page.”
Newsweek

“It's an instant classic….Let’s begin at the end. After you’ve turned the final page of Chris Whitaker’s magnificent new novel, you’ll struggle―I struggled, certainly―to describe the experience…it recalls the very best of Tana French and Dennis Lehane. Think of Duchess Day Radley as a twenty-first-century Scout Finch, tough and curious and
good. In fact, think of We Begin at the End as a novel at the same time distinctly American and profoundly universal.”
A.J. Finn, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Woman in the Window

“Rich with character and story, conflict and tension, humor, tragedy, and raw, unadulterated guts, this one has it all. Throw in the most compelling young protagonist I’ve read in at least a decade, and you have a deep and meaningful story that is an absolute delight from first page to last.”
John Hart, author of six New York Times bestsellers

We Begin at the End is a searing portrait of guilt and grief, strikingly written and full of characters you can’t help but love.”
Charlotte McConaghy, author of Migrations

“Beautifully written,
We Begin at the End really reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird. And the spirit of Scout is very much alive in Duchess.”
Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

“This is an epic drama and a profound masterpiece. I’ll be amazed if I read a better novel this year.”
Daily Mirror (UK)

“Heartbreaking and profound, this is my thriller of the year.”
The Mirror (UK)

“It's extraordinary.”
AARP

“[An] impressive, often lyrical thriller. Whitaker crafts an absorbing plot around crimes in the present and secrets long buried, springing surprises to the very end. A fierce 13-year-old girl propels this dark, moving thriller.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A superb thriller…. Powered by extraordinarily deep character development and an impressively intricate plot, this novel is simultaneously a murder mystery, a love story, and a heartbreaking tragedy. The existential agony is palpable throughout, but so, too, is the hope at the end. Whitaker has upped his game with this emotionally charged page-turner.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Holt Paperbacks (April 12, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250759684
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250759689
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.4 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 17,486 ratings

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Chris Whitaker is the award-winning author of Tall Oaks, All the Wicked Girls, We Begin at the End, and The Forevers (YA).

His debut Tall Oaks won the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award.

An instant New York Times bestseller and the #1 Indie Next Pick, We Begin at the End was a Waterstones Thriller of the Month, a Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick and a Good Morning America Buzz Pick. The novel won the CWA Gold Dagger Award, the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year, and the Ned Kelly International Award.

We Begin At The End has been translated into twenty-five languages, with screen rights going to Disney.

Chris lives in the UK with his wife and three children.

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This book was downright awful. Most characters had no redeeming qualities, and the few that did just disappear toward the end of the book. What happened to them?! The story sucked, a few main characters were trashy people with no morals or common sense, and the ending was terrible, and I have never finished a book that has left so many loose ends. It was definitely a sad book, but the author left us hanging, making it the most frustrating ending ever. You have to have some sort of conclusion! Do not waste your money on this crap. I threw it in the trash after I read it.
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