The Rumour

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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.

Readers can’t stop talking about The Rumour:

***** ‘So good … The twist is amazing and really caught me out.’
***** ‘Downloaded it last night before bed and have stayed up all night reading it! Could not put it down.
***** ‘I couldn’t devour this book quickly enough … The surprises didn’t stop til the very last page.’


© Lesley Kara 2018 (P) Penguin Audio 2018

Critics Review

  • 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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