Marg recently enjoyed We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker, a emotionally-charged, character-drive drama starring a thirteen-year-old outlaw. Here is her review:
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker is an emotionally charged drama which is part mystery/thriller and part coming of age tale full of heart, soul, and humor.
Thirteen year-old Duchess Day Radley is a self-proclaimed “outlaw” with an attitude bigger than she is and a chip on her shoulder that’s just as big. She is feisty and foul-mouthed and takes guff from no one. She is the fierce protector of her little brother Robin. While her substance addicted mother Star struggles to care for her children Duchess often forgoes eating to insure her brother has enough.
Small town sheriff Walker (Walk) who grew up with Star keeps watch over the children and helps out where he can. When Walk’s best friend Vincent, who was responsible for the death of Star’s sister, is released from prison it sets off a chain of events that result in tragedy.
Forced to move in with their grandfather Hal, Duchess becomes more resentful, sullen and belligerent than ever. She does everything in her power to alienate the people around her.
This book is truly one that will stay with you long after you turn the last page
When a murder occurs, the townsfolk are left reeling. Evidence points towards Vincent and Walk sets out to clear his childhood friend. Secrets from the past are soon revealed and things assumed to be true are proven to be otherwise.
Character development in this book is exceptional with an amazing and unforgettable cast including spirited Duchess, steadfast Walk, no nonsense Hal, big-hearted Dolly and love-struck Thomas. This book is truly one that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
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