The Rumour – Lesley Kara

About the book:  When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

My review: The Rumour by Lesley Kara is an enjoyable psychological thriller with a thought-provoking theme.

When single mum Joanna, who has recently moved to a new town, hears a rumour at the school gate about a notorious child killer living nearby, she innocently passes it on to her new book club friends to try and fit it. However, the rumour snowballs and becomes the only talking point in Flinstead-on-Sea dragging innocent victims and causing suspicion amongst everyone.

This book is a gripping easy read with a couple of twists and red herrings thrown in. Ideal for fans of twisty thrillers.

About the author:  Lesley Kara is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives on the North Essex coast. The Rumour is her first novel.


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