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We All Begin As Strangers

Harriet Cummings

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery

An atmospheric and dark mystery perfect for fans of Joanna Cannon's The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Liane Moriarty's Truly Madly Guilty. Inspired by true events, this is a vibrant debut about an English village pushed to the brink, and the secrets its residents are desperate to protect.

How well do you really know your neighbours?

In the English village of Heathcote the temperature - and the sense of unease - is rising.

It started with small things - a perfume bottle being moved, a photograph left behind in someone's house. But now Anna is missing.

As the search for Anna gathers pace, suspicions grow and secrets are revealed. Surely one of the villagers can't be responsible? But then can you ever really know what's going on behind closed doors...


Praise for WE ALL BEGIN AS STRANGERS - a quirky, darkly atmospheric mystery:

'Suspense, plot twists and drama make this an exciting read to the very read' THE POOL

'A dazzling debut...beautifully plotted, fantastically written and compellingly strange' DAILY MAIL

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Praise for We All Begin As Strangers

  • 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 - DAILY MAIL

  • A great summer read... Suspense, plot twists and drama make this an exciting read to the very end - THE POOL

  • 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 - WRITING.IE

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Harriet Cummings

Harriet Cummings' debut novel, We All Begin as Strangers, was shortlisted for the Books are my Bag Reader Award 2017. She is a freelance writer with a background in history of art and gender studies. As a script writer, she has had work performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as independent venues around London.

A graduate of the prestigious Faber Academy creative writing course, Harriet now lives in Leamington Spa with her husband and springer spaniel.

Follow Harriet on Twitter @HarrietWriter or find out more at

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