We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A staggeringly beautiful story of love, loss, loyalty and revenge, and with one of the best protagonists I’ve ever read. Duchess Radley is just 13 years old, a girl who is a self-confessed outlaw who doesn’t take anything from anyone. She’s dealt a difficult hand from the beginning but does whatever she needs to take care of her younger brother. When the consequences of her actions come down on her, she continues with a resilience and such an unbreakable spirit, it’s pretty impressive.
The book does feel quite melancholy, and up to the last pages that doesn’t change. Somehow managing to be mystery, crime and coming of age all in one, We Begin At The End is dark, gritty, and emotional, with elegant prose that reads like poetry. A beautiful story that will tug on every heart string.