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This story was was an amazing page turner. So many emotions vying throughout, with so many unexpected twists and turns, right up until the final page. I couldn’t stop reading it, but didn’t want it to end. Such powerful writing. Highly recommend.
I read somewhere that in 50 years time American English and British English will be two separate languages. When I read the first chapter of this book, I thought we had got there already. It was the first names that threw me, Star, Duchess and Walk. . ‘Walk - was that meant to rhyme with ‘talk’ or ‘Talc’. And who calls a child Duchess, for goodness sake. I nearly gave up after the first chapter, but I persevered and have to say it is one of the best books I have read. The author has a way of describing a small town in America as if you were there. He paints a picture of many folks, all of them so complete an individual, you feel you know them. Duchess and Robin have a rough start in life and when she makes mistakes, it is hard to see what else she could have done. All the characters are rounded and convincing even if they have a small part to play. The story has too many guns but I loved it.
I found this book quite difficult to get into as I am British. The grammar and speech idioms are very West Coast America. The grammatical style and sense of alienation of the characters in a unsupportive society, were, I decided, quite reminiscent of Steinbeck. So, once I got over the culture shock, I really loved the book. The long drives across the continent reminded me of my holiday experiences there. A fascinating insight into the lower reaches of Californian society.
This is a new author for me. I had no idea what to expect with We Begin At The End (loved the title). I thought this was a terrific read, part mystery and part mediation on justice, guilt and how the choices we make can devastate us many years after the event. The characters are fantastic, well-written and really come alive on the page. I felt great sympathy for Vincent who served the time for a crime it’s not clear he committed and who seems doomed to be the fall-guy for another crime based on sketchy evidence and assumptions. I got really caught up in then book. I thought it was great.
7/10 Not sure what I was expecting when I bought this book, the blurb sounded good but maybe too much hype. 'Crime Novel of the Year', hmm... more a love story, but yes, it is good. Took me a while to get into. Strange character names and places, new phrases and language to get my head around. Once I got used to the writing style I started to enjoy it. I did warm to some of the characters as the story unfolded. Well crafted and beautifully written. A tragic love story, intense, thought provoking with a shed load of mystery and really quite fascinating. An entertaining read.
I wasn't too sure about this book to begin with. Like a lot of books these days it seems, there was a lot of bad language, particularly from one of the main characters, and I almost gave up. However, I carried on and in the end was glad I did. The story was a very good one and I really enjoyed it. It's a shame that so many authors resort to bad language as though it's acceptable in general conversation. Well, I'm sorry, but that's not the case for me! I can't understand why they think it's necessary. Oh well, call me old-fashioned...
I nearly didn't finish this book. It didn't grab me straight away as I found the writing style strange and the characters were hard to understand. But I'm really glad I persevered as after a slow start I really got into it and enjoyed it immensely. It's not a fast paced book but it is emotionally charged and about troubled, real characters just trying to make the best of the hand they have been given in life. Very poignant and moving in places.
I’m going out on a limb amongst these pendulous reviews to say this was a moderately good novel. Ignoring the irritating character names and at times rather affected dialogue, this is a less a crime novel and more a profound study in missed opportunities and wasted lives. Dreadfully sad and thought provoking, but concluding with a kind of optimism that lifted the tale. Ironically titled, the reader has to persevere at meandering pace to arrive at the decent final third and a satisfying end.
I liked this book and would recommend it, my only negative was that the character of Duchess was a bit unrealistic. I can't imagine any 13 year old talking and thinking in the way she did, she was too articulate to be credible! That aside it was a great story and the characters were compelling. The author painted the setting well, I loved the descriptions of Montana and their lives there.
This was a slow starter of a read and I thought it would continue to be disappointing.
However, all of a sudden the story and especially the characters develop and it is a really well crafted story. I can imagine this becoming a film. It is a well written, well crafted story that won’t disappoint. IMHO
Do not begin reading this book if like me you haven't been inside a shop or on a bus since March! It did nothing for my mental well-being. All the characters had tragedy in their lives. Well written, lovely descriptions of Montana but save me from all the angst! I guess because I'm still thinking about it, it means that it was good but not one happy character?