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The Rumour

Written by: Lesley Kara
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 10 years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death 48 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 realises what it is she’s unleashed?

©2018 Lesley Kara (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"In this chilling tale of paranoia, suspicion and accusation, Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page." (Paula Hawkins, number one best-selling 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, best-selling 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, best-selling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House

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You will love this mystery

It is nice story and the narrator has delivered this performance brilliantly.

Once again a nice listen overall.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-19

AMAZING performances

It’s all I want to say - amazing performances -, really. It completely elevated the book, made it an awesome ride for me! Nice story, but above all... loooved to hear it. Must try to read it sometime, to see the difference.

My favorite audio book so far

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  • Jules
  • 14-02-19

Excellent book

Way better than “ Girl on the Train “ , this book is excellent from beginning to end, the story is brilliant and the narration equally as good, I wish Lesley Kara had more books available for me to listen to, I am surethis will be made into a film , so read/ listen to the the book first as the book is always better than the film..

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  • steve
  • 17-03-19

the story never really gets going

it was ok, quite predictable and as for the final twist you will see it coming a mile off

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  • shader18
  • 24-04-19

Predicable and boring

Characters were unrealistic. I could see the "twist" if you can call it that a mile off. The author seems to have what borders on a fetish for black men and feels the need to keep inserting it when it has no bearing or relevance to the plot. Very dull, struggled to finish, never felt drawn in or involved in the story.

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  • Erin M
  • 11-04-19

Bland

Not a great book. Bland, unlikable characters, strange narration, boring ending. The voice of Michael was terrible ! Alfie had a snivelling pathetic voice. It was a plot of paranoia and hysterics. People mention the great twists.....unfortunately one was really really obvious and the other I couldn't have cared less by the time the major reveal took place. I just felt glad it was nearly over. I genuinely didn't like any character. Sorry, I can't recommend this to anyone.

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  • Pam
  • 03-02-19

Predictable and boring

Had high hopes for this after the reviews - but it was boring, narration was bland and the outcome - which I never try to guess as I enjoy the journey was blatantly obvious very early on.
Waste of a credit

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  • jessica
  • 14-12-18

kept me listening

I really liked it. had no reviews so I went on the title and description as I do at times. bit predictable. or I always guess the killer to soon out of habit. but really enjoyed this book.
listened to it everyday. parts even made me sad.

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  • Svenja
  • 10-03-19

Not the best

I found the story’s little tedious and formulaic. Unfortunately I wasn’t impressed compared to what else is out there.

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  • Alice
  • 06-03-19

Can we ever have a book without hysterical women?

I love crime & thrillers but I can't take a crying whining screaming irrational woman in each book.
otherwise the story is fine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-02-19

Sooo good!!

Thoroughly enjoyed this on Audible, great story, great narration and really good twist at the end ... right at the very end!

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  • Janet biglari
  • 11-01-19

Boring, predictable and a bit silly

I had high hopes of this book but actually found it to be a very tedious 7plus hours. In retrospect, I should have given up after I guessed the plot about 50 minutes in. This book moved very slowly with lots of tedious dialogue and details of small children's day to day lives. The main characters were very one dimensional and there were so many superfluous women involved in the rumor I lost track of who they were. I had no sense of Joanna or her partner (who had a very strange voice) they were very one dimensional. Really very little happens throughout the book just the repetition of the rumor among the community. Very disappointing and the end was particularly silly.

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  • Lilly
  • 04-01-19

Excellent

Excellent story, great twist(s).
The pace is relentless, well drawn characters, deserves to be a huge hit.

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  • Rachael
  • 17-02-19

Shocking!

Shocking in a good way! I seem to follow books that are narrated by Clare, another thrilling and captivating book! Brilliant work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-19

Not bad.

Well read with an intriguing ideas. But takes forever for anything to happen. Once you start you'll want to know the end, but it's a slow burn.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-20

Confusing

I can't work out if the author meant it to be so hysterical towards the end or if it's just the way it was read but I was enjoying it until then

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-01-20

Wow!!

Loved it!! So many twists and turns, and never knowing who is guilty, such an amazing story!!

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  • Bonnie B
  • 08-12-19

Disjointed and Predictable

I would not recommend this one. You can find far better out there in this genre.
It's very gossipy, and very ...odd. The plot is predictable and also quite cheesy. The characters are not exactly likable and the 'small town story' seems to be missing that warmth that juxtaposes so well with a thriller. I don't know if this story is marketed as a Phycological Thriller, but there is next to nothing 'psychological' about it. Thrilling, very mildly.
I enjoyed the narration, and as a whole, it wasn't the worst, however I would recommend others in this genre in an instant before this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-19

Different

Found this story different to what i expected but did enjoy Had many twist and turns. didn't work out who the villian was till the end Thought the boyfriend was the culprit .narration easy to listen to.

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  • Kylie Jaye
  • 24-10-19

I Thought I Knew

Loved this book. Thought I had the villain pegged at the beginning. I didn't.

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  • Brooke Gould
  • 23-10-19

Be ready

This is going to send you round the twist and just when you think you know it all... You don't. Absolutely amazing theme and delivery.

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  • Elise A Hinkley
  • 24-07-19

Twists

Ooh the twists...!! What a well told story. I didn’t want to stop listening! Well done.


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  • Ezza
  • 13-07-19

Like a tacky 90’s teen thriller

I found this book slow and mundane up to the last few chapters where it was finalised. It seemed like a lot of information was introduced at the end to make it work and suddenly all the main characters magically made it to one place for the final showdown. It seemed a bit ridiculous like a story from ‘I know what you did last summer’