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A novel with plenty of intrigue and the completely unexpected whilst touching on a number of important issues such as crime, punishment and what constitutes justice. Oh and beware of spreading gossip and rumours!

View all 16 comments. I love debut novels and discovering new authors I can follow. 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. In my case I can stick it out, the truth comes out in the end. But what if you exacerbated that rumour adding more coal to the fire?

Those rumours have consequences, domino effects on loved ones. The intensity of the storyline in this debut book yes debut had me hook line and sinker. He said it would make a good drama or movie. May the Rumour continue in the nicest possible way when you get your hands on this. View all 21 comments. Full of twists and unexpected turns.

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I zoomed through this one because I was dying to get to the end, even as I hated to finish it. This book was SO good! View all 13 comments. It all started as gossip at the school gates and spread like wild fire!! Is there a child killer living amongst them? I could have bet money on who I thought was the culprit, but I was constantly changing my mind. A very thrilling book that spellbound me with its many twists, full of tension and suspense. A must read debut book, definitely an author to look out for. Thank you t It all started as gossip at the school gates and spread like wild fire!!

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review. View all 5 comments. So much harm can be done by rumors, as we learn when Joanna moves back to her hometown so she and her six year old son can have a new start. Little Alfie had been bullied at his old school in the city and now Joanna and Alfie are living near her mom, where Joanna can work fewer hours and devote more time to helping Alfie adjust to his new school life. Joanna needs to adjust to, realizing she won't fit in the the mothers of Alfie's schoolmates unless she spends more time socializing with them but So much harm can be done by rumors, as we learn when Joanna moves back to her hometown so she and her six year old son can have a new start.

Joanna needs to adjust to, realizing she won't fit in the the mothers of Alfie's schoolmates unless she spends more time socializing with them but she has started out on the wrong foot, rushing away from the school after dropping Alfie off and avoiding contact with the mothers, when possible. To break the ice, Joanna mentions a rumor she heard about a child murderer living anonymously, in their little town.

The rumor grows, with Joanna's name attached to the rumor, as the one who started it, and we get to see the harm that rumors do to innocent people. Joanna starts getting threatening texts from the person who may be the child murderer. The murder was of a five year old boy by a ten year old girl, long ago. The girl served her sentence and was released as an eighteen year old, to live her life under a new name.

But many people aren't prepared to let this child murderer live in peace, if they can figure out who she is and how to get her out of their town. And now the murderer is targeting Joanna for starting the rumors, even threatening Alfie with a photo of him stabbed in the heart.

Joanna's scared but can't turn back time, can't shut the rumor down, the harm has been done and things are escalating. The book contains so many characters, moms, kids, and older women who could fit the description of the child murderer. I had four older women pegged as likely candidates. There is also Michael, Alfie's dad and Joanna's partner, who is a journalist and wants to interview the murderer, if he can find her.

Lots going on, with Joanna overthinking and then not acting on things she knows she should do, such as discuss a myriad of important issues with Michael, from the status of their relationship to how she is the one who started the rumors. Joanna frustrated me with all her thinking, overthinking, and then failing to do things she should have done and later regretting her inaction. The big climax seemed clunky to me, with lots of talking and thud of a resolution. The plot and story say a lot about how people handle things that make them uncomfortable, how people can't forget past offences despite the debt being paid, and how rumors can destroy so many lives.

I just wish the telling of the story could have come together a bit more smoothly. View all 17 comments. Mar 16, Nicola rated it liked it. In the first half you are intr 3. In the first half you are introduced to so many characters it is very confusing especially as some of the characters have no real purpose other than to cause confusion! This for me made the pacing slow although the short chapters did help to keep things moving along! In the second half the pace picks up but there is so many red herrings introduced my head hurt from trying to keep on top of it all! On a positive note for a debut novel the writing was appealing and I do wish the author every success in her future endeavours!

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Considering we had the challenge of a time difference! We both had fun!! View all 51 comments. Did you hear? Could that be true? If so, the obvious next question is, are their children safe from this predator? This particular feed of gossip peaks the interest of one of the mom in particular, Joanna.

Curious, later that night she googles the story. Gripped with fear, she realizes she may have just met this person! Maybe she need 3. Maybe she needs to warn everyone Lesley Kara writes an intriguing and suspenseful thriller that I flew through in just a few sittings. Though I guessed most of the twists fairly early, I still enjoyed throughout. View all 36 comments. Kaceey Lisa wrote: "Have been on the fence on this one Kaceey its on my list but you have convinced me to read this thanks.

XO : " Thank you Lisa! I hope you e Lisa wrote: "Have been on the fence on this one Kaceey its on my list but you have convinced me to read this thanks. I hope you enjoy it! Kaceey Kendall wrote: "Fabulous review Kaceey!! If I could have read this in one sitting I would have, I enjoyed it that much and highly recommend to thriller readers who love uncomplicated but clever, exciting and gripping stories.

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. Based on a germ of an idea the author had after she too passed on a rumour about a notorious figure, said to be in a 'safe house' in the area she was living in at the time, made her wonder 'what if' and how she would feel if she knew for sure. This has made for a very enticing premise and a very realistic one at that. We never know who we could have living beside us and I think we're all guilty at some point of passing on rumours or partaking in gossip involving people we know.

Can we ever truly know our friends, neighbours and acquaintances and how would we feel about justice and revenge if we discovered one had been guilty of a heinous crime?

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I felt this was a very natural read that was easy to follow and with various red herrings to keep you on your toes, this led to a couple of twists at the end I didn't see coming. Although the practicalities of who the rumour mongering turned out to be was a little dubious for me, I still found the conclusion thoroughly enjoyable and with short, pacy chapters you really do just want to keep reading to the end in one go.

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The author captured a small town with its typical nosy residents perfectly and I could definitely relate to the school run mothers and their gossiping. I also know of the anxieties and worries Joanna felt about her son possibly being bullied at school and the feeling of having to 'fit in' with other parents so as not to alienate your child from other school kids. This book highlights the perils and dangers of rumour mongering and how a casual, flippant remark can affect so many lives. It does make you stop and think about the repercussions of vigilantism and how quickly gossip can spread like a rollercoaster into a powerful and dangerous situation.

View all 31 comments. Mar 12, Dem rated it it was ok Shelves: psychological-thrillers. This one started out quite intriguing and entertaining however it did become a little predictable and far fetched and had me rolling the eyes on more than one occasio " Rumours are carried by haters Spread by Fools and accepted by idiots " The Rumour This one started out quite intriguing and entertaining however it did become a little predictable and far fetched and had me rolling the eyes on more than one occasion.

However it did hold my attention and was an easy read. Characters were a little bland and washy , but on the plus side it passed a few hours on audio but I doubt I will remember much about this one a year from now.

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I think this one had so much potential but ended up just being 2. I listened to this one on audible and the narration wa quite good. View all 10 comments. 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 to be happy and fit in the crowd.

And when a rumour starts hovering around that a woman that has killed a child a long time ago is living in the town, under a new identity, Joanna decides to share this rumour around with her friends, hoping that this will hopefully result in Alfie making some friends. But what happens when a simple comment goes all wrong, and starts spreading like a virus?

And what if this rumour happens to be true? What if there is indeed a killer living undercover in this small town, and is very upset and wants to punish those who share this rumour around? We see a woman who is overthinking everything regarding her child, always asking herself twice whether she has made the right choice, and always wondering whether her child is safe. And I am not a parent, but I can imagine that every parent over-worries about their children.

Even at some point all of us would wonder whether this is normal, or we are just being paranoid again? And this initial moment has lead Joanne to become anxious and insecure, and feeling like something is wrong constantly. I loved the plot around the child-killer, and how it slowly was developing throw a lot of characters. I certainly did not expect that twist a few chapters before the end, and the final twist in the last chapters.

She is a great author. There's no telling where they'll land, but land they will. Setting in cracks, and crevices, the roots take hold. The seed sprout. It doesn't matter if they're true or false. The more times they're spoken, the faster and stronger they grow. Like weeds, waving in the air. Who is Sally McGown? Everyone becomes obsessed in figuring out who she could be The two have no idea about what they have started when they share this rumor. One whispered secret. That's all it takes to set the wheels in motion and change the course of a life.

Once, some poor woman they thought was me was driven out of her home. She lost her job, her reputation, her peace of mind. Ended up throwing herself in front of a high speed train. There were too many characters, for starters. I thought I needed to make a flow chart in the beginning to keep them all straight. Come to find out, some had no real purpose in the story other than for example to be part of a book club meeting that Joanna attends one time, and they never appear in the story again, and since they were moms of Alfie's classmates, they were not even the right age to be viable "suspects".

The main characters were not well developed either. Nor was Michael's investigation into the case. The sensational ending, did not really work for me either, though to be fair, since I am not familiar with the actual event, perhaps that IS similar to how it all played out? I think that if the author had written this as woman's fiction, instead of as a thriller, it would've worked much better. Exploring further the ramifications of how a crime committed as a child, a fresh start, and then a rumor exposing your past, makes you have to start over again, was the strong part of the story I guessed who Sally McGown was pretty early on, so I was not surprised.

I would like to thank Nicola, for an enjoyable buddy read! Despite our time zone differences, we made it work! This was a version edited for an American audience from the original book published in the U. S on June 18th, ! View all 32 comments. Kudos to anyone who was able to figure out the final twists!

It was fairly fast-paced and I look forward to reading her next book. What causes people to spread gossip? Do they consider the harm they might cause? Or is it just too tempting to gather like piranhas at feeding time? But Jo and Alfie find it hard to fit in, so Jo joins some other mothers in a gossip session to try to connect with them. The rumor is I started out really liking Jo, but she was becoming irritating towards the end. With a large cast of characters, I had a hard time keeping track of them all.

I did have some suspects narrowed down, but was shocked to find out the identity of the killer. I found the bits about witness protection very interesting. I can imagine how it takes a toll on your mental health. My Rating: 3. Settling in cracks and crevices, the roots take hold. The seeds sprout. View all 3 comments. Don't ask me how I know, I just do. I see it in the roll of the waves, the way they're bearing in at a slant.

I feel it in the nip of the air on my skin, smell it in the rotting leaves and damp earth, hear it in the silence of the watching crows. You're coming for me again and there's nothing I can do to stop you. 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 real. Then I wake up and it's changed. Cracks have appeared overnight and I realize that I've been fooling myself all this time, that I've only ever been the most fragile of constructions. I 'm the hunted. I'll always be the hunted. 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? One whispered confidence. After all, they are only words, and if the person is guilty, then aren't they getting their just desserts?

I have often been loud and vocal in my opposition to name suppression and the creation of new identities for criminals being released into an unsuspecting community. The Rumour gave me pause to reconsider my views but, ultimately, I have stood by them. I do love a book that makes me stop and think while still being a good entertaining read.

This is an incredibly well written debut novel that sucked me in and kept me captivated until it spat me out at the last page. I suspected everyone of being the child killer, everyone that is except the person who it actually was. And even then, it wasn't over. Lesley Kara wasn't finished with me.

She had one final surprise that left me with my jaw dropped and wanting more. Definitely an author I will be following closely. She lives in the small town of Flinstead-on-Sea on the North Essex coast. The Rumour is her first novel. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday. View all 9 comments. Loved the sound of this book!! This definitely caught my attention by the cover and the title! Single mother Joanna shares a rumour at her child's school I don't think she knew what she was getting herself into This initially started out with a bang but I caught myself rolling my eyes and it just sort of became painful to read after awhile.

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I was skimming and it just became so repetitive after awhile my goodness. There were so many characters and unnecessary information at the beginning to middle that I was just getting super confused! I also saw all of the twists playing out wayyyy before the story was revealed. Characterization was weak and just not enough umph to the story in my opinion. I was super disappointed and unfortunately this a thriller that did not deliver at all. This book had SO much potential but was lacking in so many areas.

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I didn't overall enjoy this one and would give this a 2. Thank you to Ballantine Books and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review. View all 8 comments. Dec 03, Louise Wilson rated it really liked it. Joanna finds herself struggling to fit into her new life since moving to the small town of Flinstead with her son. They are both struggling to make new friends. When she hears a rumour at the school gates she casually mentions it to one of the mums and it quickly spreads.

A child killer is amongst them and they have a new identity. Who is this person? 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 Joanna finds herself struggling to fit into her new life since moving to the small town of Flinstead with her son.

Also the danger lives can be put in. I liked Joanna and found myself sympathising with her predicament. She instantly regretted saying what she has said. The story is full of tension, suspense and twists. The pace is set fast. It's hard to believe that this is a debut novel, it's so well written. The ending I never saw coming. I do recommend this book. View all 4 comments. The Rumor was such a twisted and addictive read, I couldn't believe that this was Lesley Kara's debut novel.

I was hooked right from the start as the characters and plot took me on a rollercoaster ride full of twists and turns. I think we all know the power of a rumor and how they can spread like crazy in a matter of minutes. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. By signing up, I confirm that I'm over View all newsletter. Paperback Audio Download Books Categories. Children's Children's 0 - 18 months 18 months - 3 years 3 - 5 years 5 - 7 years 7 - 9 years 9 - 12 years View all children's. Puffin Ladybird. Authors A-Z. Featured Authors. Articles, Games and more Penguin Shop Penguin Shop Book bundles.

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