#BookReview Where You End by Abbott Kahler @HenryHolt #WhereYouEnd #AbbottKahler #HenryHoltBooks Title: Where You End

Author: Abbott Kahler

Published by: Henry Holt and Co. on Jan. 16, 2024

Genres: Horror, Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 336

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Henry Holt and Co.

Book Rating: 7.5/10

From bestselling nonfiction author Abbott Kahler comes a spellbinding fiction debut inspired by true events: an unusual form of amnesia upends the lives of identical twins, forcing them to face the indelible, dangerous shadow of the past.

When 22-year-old Kat Bird wakes up from a coma, she sees her mirror image: Jude, her twin sister. Jude’s face and name are the only memories Kat has from before her accident. As Kat tries to relearn her history and identity, she trusts Jude will provide all the answers. But as the months progress, Kat begins to fear that, maybe, Jude has been lying to her.

Recruit. Hunt. Perform or Perish.

Growing up in a sophisticated New Age cult, isolated from society, the girls studied poetry and literature—but also played dangerous games of cunning and savagery, games with dark lessons that followed them into adulthood. Now, with Kat’s mind as a blank slate, Jude invents an idyllic childhood in the hope of erasing this history, and all the threats it still holds.

As Kat pulls at the threads of Jude’s elaborate tapestry, those threats draw closer. When the past and present finally converge, the twins must risk everything to save both their unique bond, and each other’s lives.

Intensely creepy and beautifully written, Abbott Kahler’s Where You End is an unforgettable tale of intrigue, revenge, and moral ambiguities in the quest for redemption.


Review:

Dark, eerie, and compelling! 

Where You End is a taut, ominous tale that takes you into the life of twenty-two-year-old Katherine Bird who, after a terrible car accident that leaves her mind blank of almost every memory except the special connection she has with her mirror twin, struggles to uncover the truths and secrets she knows she’s not being told about a past littered with a lot of darkness and perversion.

The prose is gritty and tight. The characters are vulnerable, secretive, and damaged. And the plot, using a back-and-forth, past/present style, unfolds and unravels quickly into a menacing tale of lies, deception, indoctrination, depravity, retribution, manipulation, shocking revelations, sisterhood, violence, and murder.

Overall, Where You End is an intense, sinister, solid debut by Kahler that has certainly left me intrigued and excited for whatever utterly disturbing tale she manages to come up with next.

 

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Thank you to Henry Holt and Company for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Abbott Kahler

Abbott Kahler, formerly writing as Karen Abbott, is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City; American Rose; Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy; and The Ghosts of Eden Park, which was an Edgar Award finalist for best fact crime and a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award. Her next nonfiction book, Then Came the Devil, is forthcoming in 2025. She is also the host of Remus: The Mad Bootleg King, a forthcoming podcast from iHeartRadio about legendary Jazz Age bootlegger George Remus. A native of Philadelphia, she lives in New York City and in Greenport, New York, where she is at work on her next novel.

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