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Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: April 2020 by Zaffre Publishing
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Emma
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How do I even write a review for this? Seriously, it's THAT good.
Kate
Chris Whitaker is a fine author and should be on everyone's reading list. He proves this yet again with We Begin at the End which is, I think, a masterpiece. This is how characters should be written. The author is a genius in creating loveable, damaged, vulnerable human beings, both child and adult. This means the reader is extremely emotionally invested in his stories. It does mean that there will probably be tears. This is a painfully sad novel at times but watching how the characters, ...more
G.J. Minett
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Better and better and better. With "Tall Oaks", his debut novel, Chris Whitaker picked up the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award and was immediately marked as a new writer to watch. With his second, "All The Wicked Girls", he proved it was no fluke and moved on to another level with a novel that was part parable, part morality tale, part crime novel and much more ambitious in scale. In "We Begin At The End' he's produced a stunning novel that really deserves to bring the quality of his ...more
Dave
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020, favourites
I'd give this six stars if I could. Whitaker's earlier books showed that he can do small-town Americana really *really* well. And the same is on show here, coupled with a story which is so achingly beautiful and utterly brilliant that you'll struggle to find better.

Just do yourself a favour and get hold of a copy when it comes out.
Adrian Scottow
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful novel which paints a beautiful harrowing picture of a small Californian town beset by tragedy. A two hander - with Walk the kindly, burnt-out and fading Chief of Police and the "Outlaw" Duchess Day Radley, a fierce damaged teenage girl. Their lives weave in and out of each others with some heart-readening scenes that you would have to be made of stone not to feel moved by. Duchess is a wonderful character, her own worst enemy and quite a few other peoples - she is loyal and protects ...more
Louise
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of good things about this book. Too many.
Yet,not surprisingly,they are all true,and I find myself giving a full 5 stars to a book for the first time in years (possibly since all the wicked girls))
Whitaker writes so beautifully of broken damaged people,who despite everything will still do anything for those they love.
This book was full of characters I wished we could read more about,to hear the back stories and the future stories in more detail.
When I got to the end I was a little
...more
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How do I even write a review for this? Seriously, it's THAT good.
Kate
Chris Whitaker is a fine author and should be on everyone's reading list. He proves this yet again with We Begin at the End which is, I think, a masterpiece. This is how characters should be written. The author is a genius in creating loveable, damaged, vulnerable human beings, both child and adult. This means the reader is extremely emotionally invested in his stories. It does mean that there will probably be tears. This is a painfully sad novel at times but watching how the characters, ...more
G.J. Minett
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Better and better and better. With "Tall Oaks", his debut novel, Chris Whitaker picked up the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award and was immediately marked as a new writer to watch. With his second, "All The Wicked Girls", he proved it was no fluke and moved on to another level with a novel that was part parable, part morality tale, part crime novel and much more ambitious in scale. In "We Begin At The End' he's produced a stunning novel that really deserves to bring the quality of his ...more
Dave
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020, favourites
I'd give this six stars if I could. Whitaker's earlier books showed that he can do small-town Americana really *really* well. And the same is on show here, coupled with a story which is so achingly beautiful and utterly brilliant that you'll struggle to find better.

Just do yourself a favour and get hold of a copy when it comes out.
Adrian Scottow
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful novel which paints a beautiful harrowing picture of a small Californian town beset by tragedy. A two hander - with Walk the kindly, burnt-out and fading Chief of Police and the "Outlaw" Duchess Day Radley, a fierce damaged teenage girl. Their lives weave in and out of each others with some heart-readening scenes that you would have to be made of stone not to feel moved by. Duchess is a wonderful character, her own worst enemy and quite a few other peoples - she is loyal and protects ...more
Louise
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of good things about this book. Too many.
Yet,not surprisingly,they are all true,and I find myself giving a full 5 stars to a book for the first time in years (possibly since all the wicked girls))
Whitaker writes so beautifully of broken damaged people,who despite everything will still do anything for those they love.
This book was full of characters I wished we could read more about,to hear the back stories and the future stories in more detail.
When I got to the end I was a little
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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.