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Summary

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....

For some people, trouble just finds them. 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 13-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? 

©2019 Chris Whitaker (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

Critic reviews

"Surely destined to conquer the world. This intensely captivating story and its uniquely intriguing characters holds you in its jaws till the very last word. Astonishingly good." (Ruth Jones)  

"A very real, very rare talent." (Sarah Hilary)  

"The most beautifully written book I have read this year. Chris Whitaker is proving himself to be one of the most talented writers around." (Lisa Hall) 

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A truly engrossing and cleverly wrought novel

I was not keen on the narrator at first but this is such an absorbing audio book that it came not to matter. I was drawn to the characters who span three generations portrayed sympathetically as just trying to survive the consequences of a devastating event. It’s a cracking fast paced well written and well structured tale that keeps surprising until the very end which is a hard thing too pull off.

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Incredible book

I cant think of the words to describe how good this book is. It is one of the greatest books i have ever read/listened to. However, the narrator is awful. His delivery is staccato and unfeeling. I almost gave up near the start because of him but im so glad I didnt.

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Up there with the greatest

This is a true classic, the beauty of the narrative exudes from every sentence. Overwhelmingly thought provoking, sad but with beautiful dignity. I'm not good at knowing why some books are just outstanding, they just are, and this is one of them.

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Heartbreaking, but fantastic story

I loved this book once I had got into it. A bit slow at the beginning and quite confusing to start, but it grew on me and by the end I loved all the characters and the heartbreak of the story. A great book.

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Don't understand the rave reviews

Predictable. The theme has been done many times before. All very neatly tied up...not impressive.

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Amazing story!

Please listen to this book, a great American novel, beautifully written and with a heartbreaking story, truly did not want it to end. Please treat yourself to this - one of the best I have read or listened to in a long time.

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Magnificent

I spent 90% of this book enjoying it, but somehow not completely engrossed in the tale, feeling it just stretched to long. However the last few chapters made every moment spent reaching them worthwhile as the ending was perfect. Quite some story.

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fantastic read

captured by the writers ability to draw the reader in to this tragic story. I loved the book and found myself looking forward to every opportunity to read some more.

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Amazing. Beautifully written.

I loved the way this was written. so poetic and characters were eating. took a tiny bit of getting into but couldn't stop listening!

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not the best

struggled to finish it. not my kind of story I guess. narrator has a good voice though.

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