I had seen a lot of hype about this book, We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker. Everywhere I was online was recommending the book to me so I decided that rather than burn an Audible credit for it, I would add it to my online library list and wait. It was a long wait but that’s okay. They say “good things come to those who wait”. I was hoping it would be true with this book.
So did I like it??
It was pretty good. It’s a crime story…little by little details of both the past and present are revealed. That made the book a good listen and really kept my attention. I was surprised at the ending. I didn’t suspect it. I would have liked more detail on why the killer shot the person…but all in all it was good.
Here is what Amazon had to say:
“Duchess Day Radley is a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw. Rules are for other people. She is the fierce protector of her five-year-old brother, Robin, and the parent to her mother, Star, a single mom incapable of taking care of herself, let alone her two kids.
Walk has never left the coastal California town where he and Star 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. And he’s in overdrive protecting Duchess and her brother.
Now, thirty years later, Vincent is being released. And Duchess and Walk must face the trouble that comes with his return. We Begin at the End is an extraordinary novel about two kinds of families―the ones we are born into and the ones we create.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.5 stars. I think I’d give it 4.4 stars. It was good and kept my attention.
I see the author has a couple of other books. I’m off to see if they are available through my online library.
If you are interested in the book, you can find it HERE.
4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: We Begin at the End”
Is it silly to be skeptical of a book because both main characters have unrealistic names? lol Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve read many books you’ve suggested.
It wasn’t a ‘bad’ book maybe a little strange…. but it was good. I liked it.
I liked the book too, and I’m with you Jo, I wasn’t expecting that ending.
I received a free advanced copy of this book, so had no idea what type of book it was, other than the summary given. Wow, it was the best book I’ve read this year. Highly recommend!