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We Begin at the End af Chris Whitaker
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We Begin at the End (udgave 2021)

af Chris Whitaker (Forfatter)

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Titel:We Begin at the End
Forfattere:Chris Whitaker (Forfatter)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2021), 384 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Mystery, cop, kids

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We Begin at the End was an exceptional novel which looked at a variety of issues such as family loyalty and love, actions vs. consequences, friendship, secrets, responsibility and redemption, and serious illness. One thing different about this novel is that it is wrapped in a murder mystery.

There are two protagonists: Walk, the local police chief and Duchess, an amazing 13 year old. Both have flaws and make some terrible choices for the right reasons. I absolutely loved the Outlaw Duchess May Radley! ( )
  Nancyjcbs | May 6, 2021 |
We Begin at the End is an extraordinary novel and one that's difficult to talk about without giving plot points away. Just when I thought I had things figured out, author Chris Whitaker would throw in another twist, another surprise, and have me racing to reconfigure everything in my mind. The opening scene grabbed me by the throat, and I hadn't read many more pages before I knew that I was reading something very special. The further I read, the more I knew I was right.

We Begin at the End is a story about loyalty, a story about secrets, a story about redemption, and the one thing that powers this book into one of the best books I've ever read is its characters. These characters are going to live with me for a long time. Chief Walker, who seems to feel responsible for everyone and does his level best to protect them all. Dolly and Hal in Montana for their love and patience in dealing with difficult personalities. Martha May the lawyer who prefers defending battered women. Young Thomas Noble who sees Duchess Day Radley for the treasure she is and sticks to her like glue.

And-- towering above them all-- Duchess Day Radley, herself. Readers will be hard-pressed to find another thirteen-year-old who can so easily make them wince, make them laugh, make them hold their breath, and make them cry. If you tell Duchess that, when life hands her lemons, she's supposed to make lemonade, you'd better duck because those lemons are going to be flying straight at your head. This young girl is so filled with rage and hurt and love that you want to wrap her in a bear hug and never ever let another thing hurt her. What does she want? It's simple. Just listen to what she tells her mother: "I just wish there was a middle, you know. Because that's where people live. It doesn't have to be all or nothing... sink or swim like that. Most people just tread water, and that's enough. Because when you're sinking, you're pulling us down with you."

If you want to know if Duchess Day Radley and her brother Robin ever get to experience life in the middle, pick up a copy of We Begin at the End. It's a phenomenal book. ( )
  cathyskye | May 3, 2021 |
“He’d come so far, he would get to the finish, even if it cost him his soul.”

Poor Walk. And poor everyone in this book, especially Duchess Day Radley, Outlaw, “A girl on her way to right a lifetime of wrongs.”

Part Four of this story is titled “Heartbreaker” and let me tell you, that could be the title for this whole book. Heck, at the end of chapter 48, tears were rolling down my cheeks. Very well written, but it tore the heart right outta me. After reading this, I'm spent. ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Apr 30, 2021 |
This is a dark, disturbing and compelling book. As troubling as the story is, its almost impossible to put down. The characters are so real and flawed you can't help but feel both compassion and be depressed for them. There are several twists in the plot that surprise you and leave you thinking "I should have seen that coming". A book I will remember for a long time. ( )
  grandpahobo | Apr 23, 2021 |
"This is like other books: small town life/families that get broken after a tragic event, and then deal with questions of revenge, justice, and the mournful seeking of redemption.

Set in a small coastal town in California, the story begins as Walk, 15, discovers the body of seven-year-old Sissy Radley. It then moves forward thirty years, when Vincent King is about to be released from prison for Sissy's death. Walk, now Chief of Cape Haven Police, goes to pick Vincent up from prison. Walk still considers Vincent his best friend, and repeatedly tried to reach out to him when he was in prison. But Vincent is a broken man who doesn’t want help; doesn’t want “saving.” But Walk, he can’t help but try.

Over the years, Walk has looked out for Star Radley, Sissy’s big sister and a friend of Walk’s from the days when they would double date - Walk and Martha May, and Vincent and Star. These days, Star is often out late at bars, drinking and picking up men, and Walk tries to do what he can for her illegitimate children, 13-year-old Duchess and 6-year-old Robin. It falls to Duchess to mother Robin, and she does so devotedly, in spite of her resentment over it.

Duchess is hard, old before her time, and all but consumed by her anger. She copes by imagining herself to be an outlaw, as was apparently one of her distant ancestors, and that fantasy makes her brave as well as aggressive and confrontational. She acts out against anyone trying to help, but the people who know her can’t help but see her pain, and they are patient, absorbing her blows.

Vincent’s return shakes everything up, and a new tragedy rips everyone apart again.

Discussion: The story explores larger themes, such as when revenge is justified and when it is counter-productive; what would lead even the best of us compromise our values; and the fluid ways in which family can be defined. When is the path to forgiveness just too strewn with obstacles? What will it take, after the worst of circumstances, to start down the road to redemption?

Evaluation: This gritty story is not only a murder mystery, but also very much a coming of age book highlighting the bonds of family and friendship. There is a great deal of sadness, injustice, and the tragedy of wretched circumstances, but there is also eventually a measure of redemption, at least for some of the characters. To get there, however, the reader must navigate an impressive labyrinth of plot twists and turns as the story resolves"

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  BDartnall | Apr 22, 2021 |
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