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Eine von uns

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Sommer 1984, ein Dorf in der Provinz in England. Alles beginnt ganz harmlos: mit dem Gefühl der Dorfbewohner, dass jemand in ihrem Haus war, mit Spuren von schmutzigen Schuhen auf der Treppe, fettigen Fingerabdrücken auf dem Badezimmerspiegel. Dann verschwinden Dinge, oder, noch rätselhafter, es tauchen andere auf. Bis schließlich eine von ihnen weg ist: Anna, die harmlose ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 24th 2017 by Deuticke
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Zuky the BookBum
When I first saw this on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it. Loosely based on real life events and characters, this intrigued me. This has a mysterious character known as "The Fox" who breaks into peoples homes and watches them. This "Fox" person was real and struck the area I live in. Leighton Buzzard, St Albans, Tring and Dunstable and other surrounding areas were all in fear of this criminal, and in real life, he wasn't a people watcher, he was a serial rapist. My step-dad grew up when The Fo ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer 1984 and someone is moving and taking objects from houses in a village, initially just puzzling 'The Fox' soon becomes a much more menacing prospect when a young woman goes missing and everyone's secrets Starr to become everyone else's business. If you love the secrets behind people's twitching curtains then you'll like this lots. ...more
Joanna Park
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours
Residents of a small village are alarmed to hear of some break-ins being reported in their village. Quickly nicknamed 'the fox' the intruder initially doesn't appear to take anything, just entering people's houses to seemingly look around. Then one of the villagers, a sweet girl called Anna, goes missing. Convinced that the fox has taken her the residents are determined to try and find out who the fox is and why he took Anna. As tension builds and accusations fly the villagers are soon forced to ...more
Renita D'Silva
A riveting account of life and crime in a small village in England.
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2017
We All Begin As Strangers is the debut novel by Harriet Cummings. Set in the 1980s it centres around a small village in the Chilterns, the inhabitants of which are experiencing break-ins by someone they have nicknamed ‘The Fox’. Nothing of value is taken from the homes but, for obvious reasons, it unnerves the residents. When a much-loved resident of the village, Anna, goes missing, however, all fingers point towards her being kidnapped by The Fox.

Cummings was inspired to write this book by real
Renita D'Silva
A riveting account of life and crime in a small village in England.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We All Begin As Strangers is loosely inspired by true events that occurred in the 80’s in a small community called the Chiltern Hills in the U.K. An individual nicknamed ‘The Fox’ was slipping into people’s houses and messing around with their possessions. He was also known to make dens in unoccupied homes, hence the nickname. I am glad HC left the influences there as ‘The Fox’ went on to commit more terrible offences. I was really interested in this concept and I thought that it may actually be ...more
Rhianydd Cooke - Cambourne
This book took me ages to read and really wasn’t worth it! I think parts of my brain cried while dying reading this 😭. The writing was awful, there was barely a story line, the characters were flat and the fact that it was loosely based on a true story was about the only thing that it had going for it!

I’m sorry that’s a really harsh review, I usually try to find something good about a book but this was genuinely the worst book I’ve read this year and I think I’d rather have forks put through my
Sep 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
...and remained strangers from start to finish. couldn't connect to plot or characters. ...more
Mairead Hearne (
Inspired by true events, We All Begin As Strangers tells the story of ‘an English village pushed to the brink and the secrets it’s residents are desperate to protect.'

I loved the title of this book before I ever read one word about the story-line.

‘We All Begin As Strangers' is a very strong statement that carries so much truth. From the day we are born until the day we die, every brand new interaction we have with someone is as two strangers meeting for the first time. This exchange can develop
Jessica Reads & Rambles
DNF'd at around 60%

This wasn't awful, parts of it I even enjoyed. But the most it was going to get was a 3, and I realised I didn't care enough about the characters, or wasn't compelled enough by the mystery to read on and find out how it concluded. Basically I was super pulled in by the description of this novel, but wasn't all that blown away by the execution. The writing isn't bad, but it's not particularly lyrical or unique. Obviously, I haven't finished this, and maybe I'm missing out an a
Sophie Houston
Sep 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent premise for a novel, let down by dreadful/non-existent proofreading. I struggled through, despite such howlers as 'peddle' for 'pedal', 'chord' for 'cord', 'slithers' for 'slivers' and countless examples of misused or missing commas, but finally gave up at: "Was she's involved in Anna disappearance?" The characters were truly annoying, but it's the fact that the author can let this unedited novel out on an unsuspecting public that I find really disappointing. ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 I actually found this a bit boring, a guess it was meant to be a “slow burn” but the fire didn’t ignite for me at all . Decent enough writing but quite unlike able characters .
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Actual rating: 3.5 / 5***

We All Begin as Strangers reveals the deeply disguised strengths and vulnerabilities of neighbours in a 1980’s English Village. Their hospitality and habits largely escape scrutiny until “the Fox” breaks through the frontier of their doorstep to intrude on their closely guarded private time.

Some consider their home a sanctuary, a place to feel relieved that the reality of their life is no longer on public display. Any hint of intrusion is understandably unsettling
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: june-2017, kindle
We All Begin as Strangers was nowhere near as good as it sounded. The writing was okay - nothing about it startled me, but there was equally nothing jarring about it - but the characters were indistinct, and rather stereotypical to boot. The plot was thin, and felt rather drawn out. In hindsight, I probably should have put it down when I started to think that it wasn't going to tick that many boxes for me. Regardless, I persevered, as I wanted to see what happened to Anna. *

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Jacob Collins
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We All Begin As Strangers is a startling debut by author Harriet Cummings and tells the story of a quaint English village pushed to the brink. Everyone has secrets to protect and when a young woman disappears is it possible for everyone to hold on to their secrets.

In the beginning of the novel, the story of ‘The Fox’ is often approached by the villagers, at dinner parties or meetings in the street. ‘The Fox’ is the term given to a mysterious figure who has been slipping into people’s homes. No
Jill's Book Cafe
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fiction
4.5 stars

The author took her inspiration from the real life events that was a reality for her parents and other inhabitants in several Chiltern villages in the summer of 1984. An unknown figure, nicknamed ‘The Fox’ was slipping into people’s homes, evidenced by pictures removed from albums, clothing taken from drawers, warm teapots left on worktops and doors and windows left open on their departure. Thankfully the book does not replicate the more sinister and nastier actions which included sexu
Jenna Kathleen
A story told from 4 perspectives surrounding one person who shakes up the neighbourhood with a string of break-ins. It's inspired by a true story, but I am not aware of the actual events. In this story, someone - the Fox - is breaking into people's houses and watching people as they sleep or moving things around. Then Anna, a local girl, suddenly goes missing.

The different perspectives really call into question how much we actually know our neighbours. Do they know The Fox? Even in this small co
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too bad we can only give full stars. I'd rather give the book 3.5.

Inspired by real-life events of a man who broke into people's homes in a small town in England in 1984, sometimes committing a crime, sometimes just hanging around in people's homes observing them without their knowledge, this novel is no re-telling of the case but only takes it as a starting point. The mysterious man was named The Fox.

The novel takes us to the small English village Heathcote, and we meet the people who live ther
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, arc
I received this book as an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for sending it my way!

3.5/5. We All Begin As Strangers is based in 1980's England. In the small village of Heathcote, a mysterious person dubbed "The Fox" begins breaking into people's houses extremely stealthily and doesn't really do much but lurk, spray perfume and leave the scent of dirt wherever they go. Until, one day, one of the townspeople go missing... assum
This is a good debut novel, purchased due to the similarities with The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. I enjoyed the book but felt it jumped around too much to different perspectives and just felt a bit forgettable. The writing was nothing to write home about and I became exceptionally disturbed by the treatment of Jim's character. ...more
Zeba Talkhani
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping tale taking us to the heart of a small English town. The suspense build-up makes it a lovely holiday read and the characters are really well-developed. I would highly recommend this title.
Rachel Sargeant
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intruder - nicknamed the Fox - prowls an English village, entering houses and taking low-value items. One day a much-loved resident disappears. Has the Fox claimed his first victim?
This is a character-driven literary mystery told from the viewpoints of some of the villagers: Dolores, the spirited girl who's married well but unhappily; Lay reader Jim who wants to atone for his past by becoming a vicar; local bobby Brian who's known most of his neighbours since they were children together but n
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We All Begin As Strangers is based on the true story of a mystery intruder dubbed "The Fox", who terrorised a small English village in the 1980s. In the book by Harriet Cummings, a village resident, Anna, goes missing and it is feared The Fox has turned more sinister acts.

The story is told through the eyes of four village residents, as the police investigate Anna's disappearance. As is typical for a small English village, not all it's residents are quite what they seem & secrets start to come o
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We All Begin As Strangers is a novel based loosely on real events that took place in a small English village in 1984. The author admits that she has only recently become aware that ‘The Fox’, whom at first was thought to be someone who would break into people's houses without any form of theft or violence, had actually committed a number of violent crimes including the assault of a number of young women.
The book itself is very much set in the preconceived notion that The Fox is a non-violent fig
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title for review from the publisher via Netgalley.

DNF at 12%

I was super excited to read this one but just could not muster any interest in the first few chapters. I probably gave up too early, admittedly, but I'm in a bit of a book slump and couldn't face slogging through another long book when my interest wasn't immediately piqued. This might be one to return to later.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most boring books I’ve read in quite a while. Such a shame, because the concept had so much potential to be a thrilling story with plenty of suspense.
Nicole Sweeney
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles

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 writ
Elaine Tansley
I was thrilled to be approved for this book after I’d seen it described as similar to The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, which I absolutely loved.

This story takes place one hot summer in the 1980s in a quiet English village. It revolves around an unknown person, nicknamed ‘The Fox’ who sneaks around, breaking into people’s homes and, touching things, moving things, taking things or leaving something behind. Everybody feels unsettled, on their guard and as if they are being watched… sometimes the
Jo-anne Atkinson
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the Summer of 1984 and in the village of Heathcote things are not what they should be. Someone appears to be breaking into houses and taking things, only small things but it disquiets the residents. Then one day sweet, quiet Anna disappears and suddenly the actions of 'The Fox' take a sinister turn, has he kidnapped her or worse? These events bring to the surface secrets involving many of the residents from the frustrated newly-wed Deloris to the repressed Stan.

I found this book quite hard
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