The Rumour (Paperback)
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The Rumour (Paperback)

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Published: 25/07/2019
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A chillingly credible thriller that examines issues of guilt, redemption and the pernicious effects of neighbourhood gossip, The Rumour takes its inspiration from real-life cases of released murderers and the effect their presence has on the wider community. Taut, tense and intelligently handled, Kara’s debut marks her out as one to watch.  

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?

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552175500
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 286 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

In this chilling tale of paranoia, suspicion and accusation, Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page. - Paula Hawkins, No.1 bestselling author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and INTO THE WATER

A great debut with a slyly clever premise and a rollercoaster ride to the very last sentence. - Fiona Barton, bestselling author of THE WIDOW and THE CHILD

An intriguing premise, a creeping sense of dread, and a twist you won't see coming! Everyone is going to be talking about The Rumour. - Shari Lapena, bestselling author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

A brilliant premise with a killer twist. The Rumour depicts the prejudices and secrets that simmer in a small seaside town to devastating effect. - Colette McBeth, author of AN ACT OF SILENCE

Pssst, have you heard... #TheRumour is a cracking thriller about the damage that idle gossip can wreak in a small town. I thought I had the twist worked out. Boy was I wrong! - Tammy Cohen

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“You have heard the rumour...”

This tale will have you on the edge of your seat. Joanna returns to the small town of Flinstead-on-Sea. This is where the drama unfolds. Some say it is haunted. What really happened?
A gripping turned chiller. It... More

Hardback edition
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“A Superb Debut!”

This is an absolutely cracking debut, I was completely engrossed throughout.
In this addictive read it really shows you the consequences of telling tales, how gossip spreads and only spreads so you can fit in.
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Vivienne O'Regan

“Strong debut with a relatable theme”

My thanks to Penguin Random House/Transworld for an eARC, via NetGalley, of this debut novel by Lesley Kara. The ebook edition is now available with its publication in hardback following on 27th December.

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