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The Rumour by Lesley Kara – Book Review. #bookreview





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?



This is Lesley Kara’s debut novel and is so intense, a well written and skilfully plotted psychological thriller. 

Set in a small town, single mother, Joanna Critchley has recently moved here with her son.  Trying to fit in the community, Joanna chats and shares gossip and tittle tattle she has heard. She had heard a rumour, that a child killer lives in the area and with no thought to the consequences, Joanna shares it and it just flies, spreading round the area, where everyone then sees the  perpetrator everywhere they look, regardless of any possible facts or innocence.

There are many potential culprits, and Lesley Kara’s creative writing shows the power of unsubstantiated rumour and the awful damage they can cause.

This is a fast paced twisty tale, with high tension and a sheer atmosphere of foreboding throughout. A fascinating dark and chilling story.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Gap Years by Dave Holwill – Book Review. #bookreview #blogtour



19 year old Sean hasn’t seen his father since he was twelve. His mother has never really explained why. An argument with her leads to his moving to the other side of the country.

Martin, his father, has his life thrown into turmoil when the son he hasn’t seen in nearly eight years strolls back into his life immediately killing his dog and hospitalising his step-daughter.

The one thing they have in common is the friendship of a girl called Rhiannon.

Over the course of one summer Sean experiences sexual awakenings from all angles, discovers the fleeting nature of friendship and learns to cope with rejection.

Martin, meanwhile, struggles to reconnect with Sean while trying to delicately turn down the increasingly inappropriate advances of a girl he sees as a surrogate daughter and keep a struggling marriage alive.

Gap Years is an exploration of what it means to be a man in the 21st Century seen from two very different perspectives – neatly hidden inside a funny story about bicycles, guitars and unrequited love.



Sean has a big row with his mum about university, as he has decided not to go and to concentrate on a cycling career. As a result, he leaves to go and live with Dad in Devon.

His Dad, Martin, is not sure as he feels he has nothing in common with Sean after not seeing him for the past 8 years, but his wife, Alison and daughter Melody welcome him with open arms.

There are accidents, betrayals and love in this tale of coming of age and a shy, slightly naive young man trying to find himself and his awakening sexuality.  There is humour and some dodgy singing all a credit to Dave Holwill’s engaging writing.

It covers the emotions of Martin, Sean and the mixed up, messed up and inappropriate Rhiannon, the tribulations of growing up in this turbulent 21st century….oh and there is The Wiz…..a great character with mysticism and home brew. A fun, touching and emotional read.

Thank you to Rachels Random Resources  for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.


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Author Bio –

Dave Holwill was born in Guildford in 1977 and quickly decided that he preferred the Westcountry – moving to Devon in 1983 (with some input from his parents).
After an expensive (and possibly wasted) education there, he has worked variously as a postman, a framer, and a print department manager (though if you are the only person in the department then can you really be called a manager?) all whilst continuing to play in every kind of band imaginable on most instruments you can think of.
Gap Years is his third novel – following on the heels of Weekend Rockstars and The Craft Room, and he is currently working on the fourth (a folk horror set in his native mid-Devon) and a sequel to Weekend Rockstars.

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