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We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

“A vibrant, engrossing, unputdownable thriller that packs a serious emotional punch.”

—Kristin Hannah

“An instant classic... it recalls the very best of Tana French and Dennis Lehane.”

—A. J. Finn

“This is a book to be read and reread and an author to be celebrated.”

—LOUISE PENNY

“A beautifully written mystery, packed with unforgettable characters.”

—Jane Harper

“A deep and meaningful story that is an absolute delight from first page to last.”

—John Hart

“Will break readers’ hearts . . . you can’t not keep turning the pages.”

—Wally Lamb

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We Begin at the End is a vibrant, engrossing, unputdownable thriller that packs a serious emotional punch. A powerful, compelling novel.”

—Kristin Hannah

“An instant classic... it recalls the very best of Tana French and Dennis Lehane.”

—A. J. Finn

“This is a book to be read and reread and an author to be celebrated.”

—LOUISE PENNY

“A beautifully written mystery, packed with unforgettable characters.”

—Jane Harper

“A deep and meaningful story that is an absolute delight from first page to last.”

—John Hart

“Will break readers’ hearts . . . you can’t not keep turning the pages.”

—Wally Lamb

With We Begin at the End, Chris Whitaker has written an extraordinary novel about people who deserve so much more than life serves them. At times devastating, with flashes of humor and hope throughout, it is ultimately an inspiring tale of how the human spirit prevails and how, in the end, love—in all its different guises—wins.

Walk has never left the coastal California town where he grew up. He may have become the chief of police, but he’s still trying to heal the old wound of having given the testimony that sent his best friend, Vincent King, to prison decades before. Now, thirty years later, Vincent is being released.

Duchess is a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw. Her mother, Star, grew up with Walk and Vincent. Walk is in overdrive trying to protect them, but Vincent and Star seem bent on sliding deeper into self-destruction. Star always burned bright, but recently that light has dimmed, leaving Duchess to parent not only her mother but her five-year-old brother. At school the other kids make fun of Duchess—her clothes are torn, her hair a mess. But let them throw their sticks, because she’ll throw stones. Rules are for other people. She’s just trying to survive and keep her family together.

A fortysomething-year-old sheriff and a thirteen-year-old girl may not seem to have a lot in common. But they both have come to expect that people will disappoint you, loved ones will leave you, and if you open your heart it will be broken. So when trouble arrives with Vincent King, Walk and Duchess find they will be unable to do anything but usher it in, arms wide closed.

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Chris Whitaker lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and three young children. When not writing he works part-time at a local library, where he gets to surround himself with books.

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