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.
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Outstanding debut novel
I would listen to this novel again just to absorb the level of fine detail Harriet Cummings weaved through this tale. It had excellent character studies and story twists that had me wanting more.The conclusion was unexpected but spot on.
It's difficult to chose a favourite character because they were all so well rounded and real.
Rachel Atkins voiced each character with just the right amount of deviation so you new exactly who it was even before the narrative told you so. And again, to pick a favourite would be impossible.
I couldn't and didn't read it in one sitting. Which I felt was a good thing as it gave me time to digest each segment. Which I then eagerly looked forward to the next instalment.
This book reminded me of A Casual Vacancy. By JK Rowling with it's view of not quite so quaint village life. That was a book I thoroughly enjoyed, but this I felt equaled it. So I feel to compare Harriet Cummings to the most successful author of our age is a worthy and deserved accolade.
Exploring life behind Heathcote's closed curtains
- Rachel Redford