I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for outstanding thriller We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Zaffre Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.
About the book:
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?
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.
We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker is a stunning thriller that will stay with you long after the final page has been turned. There is so much more to this book than at first meets the eye and I was blown away by the power of the writing and the many emotional layers that slowly began to emerge as the story continued.
A very human story that will break you into a million pieces, this is a powerful crime thriller that has all the twists and turns you would expect it to have as it instantly transports you to the town of Cape Haven and then later to the wide open spaces of Montana. The characters held within the pages of We Begin At The End are so real you can’t help but feel for them and the circumstances they find themselves in. Duchess, in particular, tugged at my heartstrings. This strong, proud but broken young girl who is doing all she can to keep her mother and brother safe. My heart broke for her as events spiralled out of control, going in a direction I did not expect them to.
There isn’t one character in this book I didn’t feel a connection to, Chris Whitaker’s writing bringing them so vividly to life that I couldn’t help but care about what happened to them all. Walk was someone who appeared to have the weight of the world on his shoulders and I was moved by his story, the sadness and helplessness he felt becoming more and more palpable as the story moved forward.
A fast paced thriller full of surprises, We Begin At The End is an exceptionally powerful and moving story that will stay with me. I can’t say much more as I don’t want to risk spoiling anything, but one thing I can say is that Chris Whitaker has written an outstanding crime thriller that I absolutely adored.
We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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