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The Rumour Hardcover – 27 Dec 2018
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"In this chilling tale of paranoia, suspicion and accusation, Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page." (Paula Hawkins, No.1 bestselling author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and INTO THE WATER)
"A great debut with a slyly clever premise and a rollercoaster ride to the very last sentence." (Fiona Barton, bestselling author of THE WIDOW and THE CHILD)
"An intriguing premise, a creeping sense of dread, and a twist you won't see coming! Everyone is going to be talking about The Rumour." (Shari Lapena, bestselling author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR)
"A brilliant premise with a killer twist. The Rumour depicts the prejudices and secrets that simmer in a small seaside town to devastating effect." (Colette McBeth, author of AN ACT OF SILENCE)
"Pssst, have you heard... #TheRumour is a cracking thriller about the damage that idle gossip can wreak in a small town. I thought I had the twist worked out. Boy was I wrong!" (Tammy Cohen)
About the Author
Lesley Kara is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives on the North Essex coast. Her first novel is The Rumour. Who Did You Tell? is her second novel.
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Lesley Kara's debut is a fast-paced read which manages to keep the reader guessing with a trail of potential 'suspects' and a plethora of red herrings. I liked the fact that she also explores the psychology of living under an assumed name - the never-ending fear that one tiny slip might give you away. It's a bit of a stretch to accept that a number of people with connections to the Sally McGowan case all ended up in the same tiny village, but for the most part the plot just about stays the right side of the credibility line.
The psychological thriller genre is very overcrowded these days but this is stronger than many and certainly worth a read. A promising debut.
Joanna returned to the small town of her childhood from London when she became pregnant- to be near her mum and for an easier life in their little family. But it is not easy for her son to settle in so when she gets the opportunity to get access to a group of mothers of popular children by spreading what seems like an innocent enough rumour, that is what she does - with catastrophic consequences.
It's well written and builds up well, but the start is long and the main character is a bit annoying, and whereas I think the ending is satisfactory, it also feels slightly rushed after all the build up.
A good story for the cold evenings ahead but could maybe benefit from a bit tighter editing
I finished the book in less than 24 hours. My only beef would be the ending, which in my opinion, relied on far too many coincidences. Otherwise, an extremely promising debut novel.
Lesley Kara crafts her small town characters with care. "It could be any one of us" is always hovering in their background.
A good thriller.