I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Rumour’ by Lesley Kara and it is her debut novel so I will be looking out for more from this author. Joanna is a single mum to Alfie, although she has a relationship of sorts with his father, Michael. She returns to a small seaside village to live near her mother to escape London and her son’s bullying at school.
Joanna is trying to fit in with the local mothers to ensure Alfie gets invited to parties and other events and as a consequence inadvertently helps spread a rumour that a convicted child killer (who was only a child when she killed) has been given a new identity and now lives in the village. Although there is no proof that this is the case it is soon accepted as fact and all women of a certain age are considered to be the possible killer.
The story addresses the issue of whether criminals can ever be rehabilitated and if victims of crime are treated with the respect they deserve. Who has the better quality of life? Is forgiveness possible?
Cleverly plotted and showing how easy it is for rumours to be believed as reality I couldn’t put the book down. It has a brilliant ending I found this to be an exceptional read.
Many thanks to NetGalley, Random House, Transworld Publishers, Bantam Press and Lesley Kara for my ARC in return for my honest review.
Great Read. Highly recommended.