The Crime Writers' Association

Gold 2021

Chris Whitaker
We Begin at the End
Zaffre, Bonnier


Small stones thrown into a pond cause big ripples and that’s certainly the case in this wonderfully realised story set in a small American town. With an unforgettable central character in thirteen-year-old Duchess, and a strong cast of characters and personalities, this is a truly memorable read suffused with familial breakdown, attachment, guilt and redemption.