19 September 2019

Review: THE RUMOUR, Lesley Kara

  • this edition published by Bantam 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-7876-3004-8
  • 304 pages
  • source: my local library 
Synopsis (publisher)

When single mum Joanna shares a rumour at the school gates – desperate to ingratiate herself with the clique of mothers at her son’s new school – there is 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 when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death over 47 years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives amongst 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 take

There is a lot going on in this novel. Single mum Joanna has newly moved into the area and this is new school for Alfie. Her mother suggests she latch on to some of the other mothers to help make potential friends for her son Alfie who is having some problems settling in.

Joanna overhears some gossip which she passes on to the book group that she joins and it seems to her that it spreads like wildfire. Indeed someone sends her scary messages on Twitter and then the owner of a local shop is targeted.

Alfie's father is a journalist and he becomes interested in the Sally McGowan story and also decides to move into Joanna's flat to see if they can make a go of their relationship.

In her search to see if there is any truth to the rumour Joanna discovers that the truth is much closer to home.

My rating: 4.4

About the author

Lesley Kara is the author of the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller, THE RUMOUR, published in December 2018. Her second novel, WHO DID YOU TELL, is out in January 2020.

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