We Begin at the End

by: Chris Whitaker

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Goodreads description:

There are two kinds of families: the ones we are born into and the ones we create.

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.

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.

Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓 1/2

If you are looking for a light, fun read, you may want to skip this one. I went into reading this novel with zero expectations and I was astounded by how good it was! I couldn’t put it down. Reader Note: there is a strange cadence in writing style. Stick with it – you will get used to it.

Holly says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓

Read it! Even though the story is heavy, the reading is fast-paced and highly entertaining. Wonderful characters with memorable names – Walk, Darke, Star, Dolly, Vincent King, Thomas Noble, and the unforgettable Duchess the Outlaw. Often heartbreaking, but also heartwarming.

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2 thoughts on “We Begin at the End

  1. Thanks. I love this!

    On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 11:07 AM Helen and Holly Hit the Books wrote:

    > helenandhollyhitthebooks posted: ” by: Chris Whitaker Goodreads > description: There are two kinds of families: the ones we are born into and > the ones we create. Walk has never left the coastal California town where > he grew up. He may have become the chief of police, but he’s s” >

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