We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker (Henry Holt & Co, 2021)
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker is an utterly absorbing thriller. Set in California, it tells the story of 13 year old Duchess and her younger brother Robin who are the real victims of a tragic accident that happened before either of them were born. Seen through the point of view of Duchess (who you start off being incredibly irritated by but end up being completely on her side) and the empathetic Police Chief of a small town, the prose and style absorbs you into small town America. This novel has its very own style and authentic voice and I was astonished to learn that the writer is not American, but has always lived and worked in England.