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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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