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 ...more
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But I’ve been anxious to read it. I love debut novels and discovering new authors I can follow.
I can honestly say I’ll be following Lesley Kara for her next book as this book was so good.
I became very invested with each character and without giving much away, I was so intensely motivated with questions of my own.
For example, how would I feel if I was the rumour?
I have and still am part of a rumour that was being spread. I ...more
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 bac ...more
I could have bet money on who I thought was the culprit, but I was constantly changing my mind. I couldn’t rest until I knew the truth!!
A very thrilling book that spellbound me with its many twists, full of tension and suspense. The house could have been on fire but I was so engrossed I wouldn’t have noticed!!
A must read debut book, definitely an author to look out for.
Thank you t ...more
The Rumour is Lesley Kara’s debut novel, a gripping book about what people are capable of doing when they feel threatened and exposed. A thriller about paranoia, fear and suspense unlike anything you have read before.
When Joanna moved into a small town, all she wants to do is be happy, with her son Alfie and her mother being beside her. Her son Alfie had troubles with bullies in the big city, and all his mum wants for him right now is for him t ...more
This story shows us how quickly a rumour starts and how fast it can spread. It also shows the damage that can happen to innocent people. Also the d ...more
This is how it happens. One night I go to bed and everything's fine. Everything's under control. The story has ceased to be a story. It's ...more
I think the idea behind was very good. A small and secure town. A rumour starts that a woman who killed a child when she was 10, is living there. And things keep rolling.
Kara is very good at keeping you on your toes until the last reveal. It was a slow start I think, but it keeps getting more interesting. I thought the end was glorious. It was surprising ...more
I was really looking forward to reading this and I’m very pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed.
When single mother Joanna returns to the seaside town of Flinstead with her young son Alfie, she’s looking forward to a new start, with the bonus of being near her mother. With both Alfie and her finding it hard to fit in, she innocently repeats some gossip that a historic child killer is living amongst them under a new identity, thinking it will give her some kudos with the scho ...more
Joanna is struggling to fit into her new life after living in London and in a bid to make life easier for her son she engages in gossip at the school gate. It does get them accepted by the ‘in crowd’ but it places t ...more
Joanna has moved back to small beach town Flinstead with her son Alfie to be closer to her mother. They are bothe ...more
The rumour flies around town and Joanna starts to feel watched and threatened. She fears for herself and her six year old son. Maybe she needs to look at people more closer to home?
Absolute brilliant read by Lesley Kara.
When Joanna seeks to ingratiate herself into the school gates clique she mentions something she heard in passing. Next thing she knows the rumour mill is twisting and soon there will be very real consequences.
Lesley Kara writes small town nuance extraordinarily well, whilst giving us a beautifully eclectic group dynamic and keeping us guessing as to who may b ...more
Rumour has it convicted child killer Sally McGowan has been living in the small town of Flinstead-on-Sea. Sally was just ten years old when she stabbe ...more
Be careful what you gossip about and who to.....is the immediate lesson learnt from this very clever and unique book!
Joanna returns to her sleepyish seaside childhood town with her son, sick of London she wants more time spent with her family etc, she finds it hard to adjust and fit in with all the ‘schoolground mum’s’ and when she hears ( via the gossiping Mum’s) that a notorious child killer ( a child herself when killed ) COULD be living under a new identity in the town she researches and goo ...more
I guess that makes this book less appealing for those who love a good action to go along with the thrilling parts. I'm not saying THE RUMOUR doesn't have action, it's just not exactly your typical detective-chase is all.
But if you're like me - a fan of thrills but with less blood on one's hands etc. - then this is the perfect Christmas holiday read.
This story just ticked so many boxes for me. There's plenty to entice the reader. I mean who wouldn't be fascinated of a story line to do with a child killer? The fact that there is one amongst the residents made it even more exciting as well as disturbing.
Like Joanna and the rest of her newly acquainted friends, I was desperate to know who it was. It does go to show sadly though how rumours can get out of hand. How things can ...more
Fiercely independent thirty-four-year-old Joann ...more
Poor Joanna doesn’t realise how far the rumour will go and rues the day she shared it. She becomes obsessed with the identity of Sally McGowan suspecting everyone woman of a certain age of being her. I did too and was particularly convinced a ...more
When single mum Joanna, who has recently moved to a new town, hears a rumour at the school gate about a notorious child killer living nearby, she innocently passes it on to her new book club friends to try and fit it. However, the rumour snowballs and becomes the only talking point in Flinstead-on-Sea dragging innocent victims and causing suspicion amongst everyone.
This book is a gripping easy read wi ...more
And this is one book you’ll want to read with the doors firmly closed… you’ll probably never look at your neighbours again, because this is a story about what happens when rumours turn nasty, and people start getting scared and angry. What happens when somebody from your community is whispered to be a murderer?
That’s what happens to Flinstead, the seaside town that single moth ...more