Where You End: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Wow!  What a terrific, edge-of-your-seat thriller!  WHERE YOU END details a pair of grown twins, one of which has lost her memory after a car accident.  She begins to suspect that her sister isn't telling her the truth about their shared past.  In alternating chapters, the reader sees the truth behind the lies, and it's so horrific, it is hard to read at times.  Is the conscious twin protecting her sister from the truth or does she have a deeper, more sinister agenda? How deep does a filial bond go?   This book is almost impossible to put down, and the truth slowly creeps up on you through precise and beautiful writing.  It's dark, but it's also hopeful, and you will gasp at several parts!

— From Bill recommends

“A perfectly paced, addictive thriller with a vicious twist.” —Paula Hawkins

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

When 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 make sense of things, she believes Jude will provide all the answers to her most pressing questions:

Who am I?
Where am I?
What actually happened?

Amid this tragedy, Jude sees an irresistible opportunity: she can give her sister a brand-new past, one worlds away from the lives they actually led. She spins tales of an idyllic childhood, exotic travels, and a bright future.

But if everything was so perfect, who are the mysterious people following Kat? And what explains her uncontrollable flashes of violent anger, which begin to jeopardize a sweet new romance?

Duped by the one person she trusted, Kat must try to untangle fact from fiction. Yet as she pulls at the threads of Jude’s elaborate tapestry, she has no idea of the catastrophe she’s inviting. At stake is not just the twins’ relationship, but their very survival.

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

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.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250873248
ISBN-10: 125087324X
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: January 16th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English

“A perfectly paced, addictive thriller with a vicious twist.”
Paula Hawkins

“A vividly written, deeply layered novel about the intersection of sisterhood, memory, and trauma. Abbott Kahler is a powerful storyteller, and this book kept me in its grasp until the final page.”
Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Tonight

“A genuinely startling tale of love and revenge, Where You End’s ingenious structure and breakneck pace had me feverishly turning pages. But it’s Abbott Kahler’s sharp-witted and intrepid heroines, portrayed with such depth and compassion, who elevate this haunting inquiry into the indelible power of memory. Heads up, Indies: this fiction debut is a handselling book lover’s dream.”
Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Never Have I Ever and Mother May I

“Where You End is haunting, suspenseful and beautifully written—a modern-day gothic that explores the peculiar bond between twin sisters and the twisted power of cults; the mysteries of memory and the ineluctable pull of the past. It unnerves and beguiles in ways reminiscent of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks”—but it’s a true original.”
Margaret Talbot, New Yorker staff writer and author of The Entertainer

Where You End is a savvy, gripping psychological thriller with perfectly crafted multifaceted characters and literary flair. Abbott Kahler’s mesmerizing, addictive plot starts with a bang and never lets up, asking disquieting questions about our capacity for reinvention, and how far we’re willing to go for the ones we love. An astonishing debut.”
Kim Michele Richardson, New York Times bestselling author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

“If you pick up this book (and you should) be sure to clear your calendar for a few days because you will not be able to put it down. Where You End is a gripping, breathtaking, page-turning, and completely satisfying psychological thrill-ride. I was utterly mesmerized.“
Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of The Many Daughters of Afong Moy

Where You End is a captivating, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller that revolves around an unspeakable secret that binds mirror twins. The stunning tale of sibling love, the haunting manipulation of memory, and the "lovely little lies" that bind us to the past is a spectacular ride by a storyteller at the very top of her game.”
Susannah Cahalan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire and The Great Pretender

“What an incredible thrill ride! Abbott Kahler's gift for period detail and unforgettable female characters is evident on every page of this propulsive mystery. Her masterful portrayal of ‘mirror’ twins battling trauma within and evil forces haunts me to this day.”
Ada Calhoun, New York Times bestselling author of Why We Can't Sleep

”With her first novel, the bestselling historian and beloved literary citizen, Abbott Kahler, exhibits her great storytelling skills as she comes into her own as a fiction writer. Where You End is a propulsive, immersive thriller about cults, twins who speak a secret language, and the pliable nature of memory. A fantastic debut!”
Jeff Deutsch, Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Chicago, IL

“Something unique in the crowded psychological thriller landscape! For those of you who are fans of the genre, you are in for a treat. If thrillers are not your normal go-to, there are many other reasons to pick up this debut novel. Utterly unpredictable, this gripping tale is a story of familial love so deep that it is dangerous. The book starts with the Bird twin sisters having just survived a traumatic event that leaves one of them with almost no memories. Her twin will stop at nothing to protect and preserve her sister and their bond and is bent on destroying anyone who stands between them. The structure of the novel adds to the reader’s deep feeling of dread and menace and a furious desire to speed to the last page to see what happens!”
Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

”Abbott Kahler’s non-fiction works read like the very best novels, so I couldn’t wait to see what she’d do when she could construct her own narrative. As expected, she drew me in like the master she is, and slowly built the tension so I wanted to race through to find out what happens, but also read slowly enough to relish the way she puts sentences together. It’s the story of two mirror twins, Katherine (Kat) and Judith (Jude), and begins with Kat waking up after a serious car accident with no memories other than Jude’s face and name. The reader follows Kat as she learns more and more information, but there’s a creeping feeling that something isn’t quite right. What would you want to know first? What would you leave out if you were filling in your sibling's memories? Where You End is a dark and twisty thriller, but there is (oh, so satisfying) redemption!”
Kym Havens, An Unlikely Story, Plainville, MA