#BookReview: The Rumor by Lesley Kara #thriller @LesleyKara @randomhouse #therumor #mystery


My Review:

Gossipy school moms in a small seaside setting, YES PLEASE!

I have wanted to read this debut for awhile now. I read several blog reviews that piqued my interest and I just LOVE the cover! That counts, right?

I was able to fall into the writing and story right away and immediately had to find out if the rumor was true! I don’t like gossiping, BUT if it involves a murderer living in my neighborhood, then I think I’d be all ears. This one made me think further about consequences of gossip later….

I changed my mind about the WHO the accused was several times while reading and was enjoying all the different angles presented.

The ending was perhaps a bit over done, but not entirely inconceivable, so I was fine with it. I was also racing to the end to see just how this little mystery gate concluded.

My copy was from my local library and would recommend to fans of mystery thrillers that enjoy a bit of gossipy school mom chatter, babysitting/book club ladies, and some mama drama!

4.25 STARS


Book Description:


When a single mother hears a rumor outside her son’s school, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another. . . . And now there’s no going back.

Rumor has it that a notorious killer, a woman who has been released from prison years after her brutal crime, is living under a new identity in Joanna’s seaside town. So who is the supposedly reformed murderer now living in their neighborhood? Suspicion falls on everyone.

As Joanna becomes obsessed with the case, her curiosity will expose her son and his father to a heartless psychopath who has killed—and may kill again. And she will learn how dangerous one rumor can become . . . and just how far she must go to protect those she loves from harm. She is going to regret the day she ever said a word. . . .



  1. I really like the sound of this one. Gossip about a murderer in the neighbourhood would interest me too 😀 I have a copy of this book and can’t wat to read it soon especially after your review. Fab review, Holly.

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    • Yes, I waited forever to pick it up Diana! I have so many arcs, but want to read more books on my want to read list!


  2. Excellent review! I like this cover too. I’m used to the other one, but both are good.
    I am not fond of gossips but in this book, it is used so well and it’s frighteningly close to reality, I just couldn’t stop reading!


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