Today I can finally share my review of The Rumour by Lesley Kara. As you may have seen yesterday it is one of my top 20 reads of 2018 so I’m thrilled it’s now time to let you know why! Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour!
About this book…
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?
I managed to pick up a copy of The Rumour during the summer when I attended The Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. I was also able to get my copy signed as well and, as you can see from the photo below, I was pretty delighted about it too! But when I came to read it recently I couldn’t find it until I remembered that my daughter said she had borrowed it to read!! Yes, I know! She read one of my books BEFORE ME and not only that but it was a SIGNED COPY!! It’s just as well that I love the bones of her! Shes not a big reader so I was thrilled when she messaged me to say that she was totally hooked on The Rumour.
And I now know exactly how she felt! The Rumour is a book that hooks you in from page one with the sheer normality of the conversation that takes place. I mean, haven’t we all at one time or another mentioned something we probably shouldn’t have in conversations with our peers? And the playground “mafia mums” always seem to make us want that little bit of extra attention don’t they? But Jo soon finds out that one little pebble dropped in the pond of gossip sends out more ripples than she could ever have expected. And some are going to turn into waves that could wash away everything she holds dear.
This was pretty much my ideal psychological thriller. Joanna felt like she could be anyone of us-a single mum desperately trying to fit in for the sake of her young child. Her relationship with her sons father is more of a “friends with benefits” scenario so she is lonely. The cliquey playground was perfectly brought to life, as was Joanna’s professional life so we had an understanding from the start about why she chose to mention that there may be a killer living amongst them. And boy, will you have fun trying to work out who it is!! There are red herrings galore swimming around in the sea of suspicion but I have to say that my initial thoughts were correct even though there were still plenty of shocking twists to stun and surprise me along the way.
The Rumour is a gripping story, with a uniquely intriguing plot and some fascinating, strong female characters. I absolutely loved every single page and will preorder Lesley Kara’s next book without even checking out the blurb. She writes like a dream and has created a chilling debut that will have everyone enthralled.
Highly recommended by me (and my daughter!!)
Meet 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.