We Begin at the End

Chris Whitaker. Holt, $27.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-250-75966-5
Set largely in 2005, this superb thriller from Whitaker (Tall Oaks) examines the repercussions of a fatal accident decades earlier on the residents of Cape Haven, a tourist town on the California coast. At 15, Vincent King was sent to a men’s prison for hitting and killing seven-year-old Sissy Radley while joyriding. Now, 30 years later, Vincent is being released. His childhood friend, Walker —Cape Haven’s police chief—hopes that Vincent, and the town, can finally begin healing. But soon after Vincent’s return, Star Radley—a single mother and Sissy’s older sister—is found murdered in her home. With Vincent as the prime suspect, Chief Walker and Duchess, Star’s 13-year-old daughter and self-proclaimed outlaw, each launch their respective quests for the truth. Powered by extraordinarily deep character development and an impressively intricate plot, this novel is simultaneously a murder mystery, a love story, and a heartbreaking tragedy. The existential agony is palpable throughout, but so, too, is the hope at the end. Whitaker has upped his game with this emotionally charged page-turner. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 12/18/2020
Release date: 03/09/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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