We All Begin As Strangers

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What to expect

Heathcote, England – 1984

A mysterious figure is sneaking into homes through backdoors and open windows. Known locally as ‘the Fox’, he knows everything about everyone – leaving curious objects in their homes, or taking things from them.

When beloved Anna disappears, everyone believes the Fox is responsible.

For the villagers, finding Anna will be difficult – but stopping the Fox from exposing their darkest secrets might just be impossible…

(p) 2017 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

Critics Review

  • Praise for WE ALL BEGIN AS STRANGERS by Harriet Cummings, a beautiful debut novel you’ll want to recommend to everyone – for fans of Joanna Cannon, Rachel Joyce and Jessie Burton:

    Wonderful… Full of surprising twists, right up until the final revelations

    Caroline Lea, author of WHEN THE SKY FELL APART
  • A dazzling debut… Beautifully plotted, fantastically written and compellingly strange

  • A great summer read… Suspense, plot twists and drama make this an exciting read to the very end

  • Explores ideas of loneliness and longing

    The i Newspaper
  • I so enjoyed WE ALL BEGIN AS STRANGERS. No ‘characters’ in sight – just meticulous, tender, complex portraits of people

    Emylia Hall, author of THE BOOK OF SUMMERS
  • I was reminded of William Golding’s ‘The Lord of The Flies’… A book about community and how trusts can be so easily broken


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