It’s 1984, and summer is scorching the ordinary village of Heathcote.
What’s more, a mysterious figure is slipping into homes through back doors and open windows. Dubbed ‘the Fox’, he knows everything about everyone – leaving curious objects in their homes, or taking things from them.
When beloved Anna goes missing, the whole community believes the Fox is responsible.
For the worried residents, finding Anna will be difficult – but stopping the Fox from exposing their darkest secrets might just be impossible…
Welcome to my stop on the We All Begin As Strangers blog tour! This title is very loosely based on a true story, and that definitely piqued my interest straight away. This book is beautifully written, and I enjoyed it from start to finish.
The story is centred on a small country village, and the depiction of the setting is absolutely excellent. As someone who has never lived in small village, the atmosphere and writing really transported me into the setting, and it was really easy to delve into. The writing throughout the novel is very detailed and excellently described, it was very easy to vividly picture the scenes and characters. The characters are particularly well written, each one is well fleshed out – Deloris is my favourite – and you definitely start to empathise with them along the way.
The story is told from the point of view of four of the different village residents, and I really liked the idea of seeing things from different people’s perspectives. The plot is quite a slow building one, but the descriptive nature of the story really helps to build that sense of atmosphere and place. I did find it a little slow in some places, but overall I think this is a beautifully crafted novel.
I won’t say too much about the ending because I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I did guess who The Fox was. This didn’t take away my enjoyment of the story though, there’s still plenty of little surprises along the way, and the ending is executed perfectly. This book is ultimately about relationships and the value of human interaction. I think the title is a particularly fitting one, and that cover art is absolutely stunning.
Overall, We All Begin As Strangers is just a lovely read. It is at times witty and clever, and other times devastating and sad. It’s the sort of book I want my friends and family to read, just so I can spend hours discussing it with someone – this is definitely one I recommend.