The Dare by Lesley Kara

As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare.

‘This time it’s different. She’s gone too far now. 
She really has.’

When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together – and that only Lizzie will come back alive.

Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice’s friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend’s death. 

Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find long-buried memories suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness?

Twelve years is a long time to wait, when you’re planning the perfect revenge . . .

Lesley Kara has done it again! Her books are the perfect choice if you fancy a twisty psychological thriller that will keep you awake all night, unable to put it down. I’ve loved her previous books and I loved this one too-I couldn’t get enough of it!

Lizzie has epilepsy and one day when she awakes from a fit, she realises her best friend Alice has been killed by a train. What happened to Alice and did Lizzie have anything to do with her death? 12 years may have passed but there’s still no memory of what happened that day-not for her anyway! But someone is out to discover the truth about Alice’s accident and as memories start to return, Lizzie may be in more danger than she releases…

There were so many twists, turns and red herrings in The Dare that I had no clue where it was going and I absolutely loved that! I thought I was being pretty clever at one point working out exactly what was going on but I was way off target! This is such an addictive, clever read that keeps you guessing from start to finish. So if you fancy a gripping, deliciously devious and shocking tale the The Dare is the book for you! Lesley Kara is a must read author for me and I highly recommend you try her books if you haven’t already.

Lesley Kara lives on the North Essex coast in the UK. When her children started school, she studied at Greenwich University, London, and trained as a teacher. She worked for many years as a lecturer and manager in a large college of further education in London, but now writes full-time.

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