'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
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?
'Everyone is going to be talking about The Rumour. An intriguing premise, a creeping sense of dread, and a twist you won't see coming!’ Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door.
'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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When a rumour begins to make its way around the school yard, single mother Joanna Critchley can think of little else. As she obsesses over the possibility that a killer lurks nearby, we can hear it as she begins to realise her sleepy seaside town is far less innocent than she thought. Dripping with intrigue, Lesley Kara’s debut novel will have Big Little Lies fans revelling in its themes of gossip, secrecy and female friendship. Three narrators bring the town’s array of characters to vivid life as they lead us down blind alleys before hurtling in an unexpected—and satisfying—direction.