We Begin at the End
by Chris Whitaker
Championed by Drew Weldon at The Tattooed Book Geek
Zaffre (Aug 20)
Five years ago, I stumbled into blogging, starting The Tattooed Book Geek in March of 2016 as a way to share my views on the books that I read. I didn’t know what I was doing then and I still don’t know now!
I love delving into the darker side of fiction, epic adventures, gritty battles, myth and monsters, a grim world, psychological devilry, crime, murder and mystery with fantasy and thrillers my two favourite genres. A book has the ability to take you on an incredible journey. Reading is one of the best forms of escapism that there is, losing yourself in the lives of the characters, the stories, the settings and the worlds that the authors create, and for me, you can’t beat it.
“We Begin at the End is not simply a book that you read, it is a journey, an experience and as you walk beside the characters, as you see through their eyes and feel their pain it is a story that you live, breathe and you will care”
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
Thirty years ago fifteen-year-old Vincent King was convicted of killing seven-year-old Sissy Radley. He is set to be released from jail and will return home, to the small town of Cape Haven. No matter how far behind you it is, you can’t escape from or run from the past, it will always be there a part of you, haunting and shaping you. For the small-town community, the killing is a tragedy that is still felt in the present. The death shattered those involved and even though the pieces have been put back together, the cracks, the scars still remain.
The two main characters in We Begin at the End are thirteen-year-old Duchess Day Radley and Chief Walker/Walk the Chief of Police in Cape Haven who are supported by a cast of believable, well-drawn and flawed characters. Duchess looks after her younger brother Robin taking on the role of mother as their actual mother Star, battling her demons, isn’t up to the job of motherhood. Duchess is protective of Robin and Whitaker has crafted a touching relationship between the two siblings with the barbed wire of Duchess being blunted with Robin and her softer side, her vulnerability coming through towards him. Duchess classes herself as an ‘outlaw’. She is determined, tenacious, resilient and far older than her young years. Walk is the opposite; he is calm, measured, set in his ways and staid, he is a good person. Vincent and Walk were childhood best friends, not born of the same blood but brothers and for thirty years he has carried the weight of the past around with him.
We Begin at the End is a dark and evocative book that features a mournful, poignant and emotionally charged story of broken people living broken lives. It is a story of actions and their consequences, of love and loss, of sadness and sorrow, of bad choices, second chances, remorse and regrets, revenge and redemption.
The story is emotionally charged and character-driven. It is not fast-paced; it is a layered, powerful and slow-cooked story that simmers, and gives you ample opportunity to become acquainted with the characters. We Begin at the End is a genuinely moving story that reaches out, that breaks you, that lingers and that stays with you long after you have turned the final page.