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
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 286 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 25 mm
'In this chilling tale of paranoia, suspicion and accusation, Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page.' - Paula Hawkins
'A great debut with a slyly clever premise and a rollercoaster ride to the very last sentence.' - Fiona Barton
'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
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