We Begin at the End

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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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WATERSTONES THRILLER OF THE MONTH

‘A beautifully written mystery, packed with unforgettable characters’ JANE HARPER

‘Contender for thriller of the year’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘An accomplished and moving story of crime, punishment, love and redemption’ GUARDIAN

For fans of Jane Harper’s The Dry comes a powerful novel about 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.

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?

 

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9781785769405

Author

Whitaker, Chris

Publisher

Zaffre

Binding

Paperback

1 review for We Begin at the End

  1. Tracey Harriman

    The start of this story tells of a young girl, Sissy Radley, killed by Vincent King. 30 years later and Vincent is released from prison, back into the community and the home he came from. A community where Sissy’s sister, Star, lives with her 2 children, Duchess and Robin.

    Star is a troubled soul. The identity of the father(s) of her 2 children is unknown and she is an alcoholic. Duchess, at 13, does all she can to hold the family together, taking on much of the caring responsibilities for her young brother. Events take a dramatic turn and while I don’t want to give any of the story away, it’s enough to say that the family and the community are thrown into turmoil.

    This is one of the most heart-felt stories I have read in a long time. It didn’t take long for my soul to get taken into the heart of Cape Haven and to feel at though I were breathing the same air as the characters. This is a captivating story and an engaging thriller, but it is the characters that make the story soar.

    Duchess is a truly engaging character. A troubled child, taking on responsibilities beyond her years, she has built an almost inpenetreble wall around her heart and hides behind the mask of Outlaw Duchess Radley. You will want to give her a hug – but she’d never let you close enough.

    Whitaker’s writing comes from the heart and conveys a depth rarely seen. It is atmospheric and passionate. The characters can be felt and I was soon invested in their journeys. There are certainly some surprises along the way and if you figure out the ending, well, take a bow. I can usually quite easily jump from one book straight into another but this has left me with a book hangover that I definitely need to sleep off!

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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