“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.
An Amazon Top Book of the Month.
"Exquisitely written and you’ll ache for the sisters"
—The New York Times
"The questions and possibilities had my mind on rabid overdrive. Like an intricate jigsaw puzzle, Kahler adds one piece at a time until the final, shocking picture is blindingly clear. Deeply suspenseful and thought-provoking, Kahler delivers a top-notch thriller."
—Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review
“Historian Kahler makes a brilliant pivot to fiction with this spine-tingling psychological thriller ... Kahler never puts a foot wrong. Readers will be rapt.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Kahler’s debut novel by turns thrills and devastates...Artful, evocative prose and realistically damaged characters contribute to the book’s potency. At once a vertiginous paranoia tale and a melancholic meditation on identity."
“A perfectly paced, addictive thriller with a vicious twist.”
“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