The Rumour by Lesley Kara is released after Christmas this year but I couldn't wait any longer to read it after seeing such fantastic reviews for it from my book friends. Happy to report that I could not agree with them more.. this book is fantastic! It had me dying to know how it was going to end... and oh my goodness the ending had me completely shocked!! No spoilers but what the!!!
Joanna has moved back to small beach town Flinstead with her son Alfie to be closer to her mother. They are bothe struggling to make friends so when she hears a rumour at the school gates she casually mentions it to one of the other mums and it spreads like wildfire. Rumour has it that a child killer lives amongst them under a new identity. But who could it be, and are they all safe. It shows just how dangerous words can be. Wonderful writing this debut novel will have you wanting more. Can't wait to see what this author does next
*Thanks to NetGalley and Transworld Digital for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.* I must admit, I am a sucker for psychological thrillers. This is a book that had me gripped from the very first page. Not-quite-single (it's complicated...) Joanna lives in a quiet seaside town, Flinstead with her young son Alfie. The quiet of the town is shattered when a rumour is started that a former child killer, Sally McGowan has been given a new identity and re-settled in their sleepy paradise. Joanna's peaceful existence is shattered as she begins to suspect every woman in that age bracket. As one might expect, this tension leads to a devastating climax. Don't worry - no spoilers. I was very surprised to read that this is Lesley Kara's first novel as the plot development is tight and the creation of the different characters and their interlinked relationship is nuanced and believable. I look forward to more of Kara's books in the future.
An engaging thriller, I found The Rumour to be unputdownable. It sees single mum Jo trying to fit in with the women in her new town, where she has moved to be closer to her mum after her son was being bullied at his school in London. In trying to be liked, more for her sons sake than her own, she passes on a rumour she has heard, that a famous child killer has been living in the area, and unwittingly releases a chain of events that sees Jo eventually fighting for everything she holds dear. Though I did figure a great deal of the twist of this one in the first third of the book I didn't have it all worked out, so I found myself racing through the novel to see how it all came together. A good read for lovers of psychological fiction. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The Rumour by Lesley Kara is a book about how quickly a rumour can spread and how much damage it can cause - even if the rumour turns out to not be true.
I had heard a lot of hype about this book and although I enjoyed reading it, it wasn't as gripping as I had hoped. It would fall into the vein of psychological thriller and even though I had surmised the ending fairly early on there was still a nice twist at the end.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to review this ARC.