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  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780552175500
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $26.00
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The Rumour




This fresh, exciting, twisty debut psychological thriller explores with terrifying credibility how rumours can wreck lives . . .

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?

  • Pub date: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780552175500
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Lesley Kara

Lesley Kara is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives on the North Essex coast. Her first novel is The Rumour. Who Did You Tell? is her second novel.

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Praise for The Rumour

“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

“A brilliantly addictive debut...with a reveal that caught me completely by surprise.”

Good Housekeeping

“Shocking and convincing.”

Literary Review

“Suspicion and lies, paranoia and anguish follow in this twisty psychological thriller.”

Choice Magazine

“Gripping...the evocation is beautifully done.”

Observer

“Whip-smart . . . every well-crafted page simmers with tension and menace.”

Sunday Mirror

“Tense and very twisty . . . will have you hooked.”

Fabulous Magazine (Sun)

“Captivating . . . a subtle examination of the damage that gossip can do.”

Daily Mail

“This is one of those novels that sweeps you away and doesn't let go until the final killer blow.”

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I started writing this novel in August 2017, but the original idea came to me a few years before when someone I was working with passed on a rumour to me.

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