Review: The Rumor by Lesley Kara


Release date: June 18, 2019

Publisher: Ballantine

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


Joanna is desperate to ingratiate herself with a popular clique of mothers at her son’s new school. But when she tries to impress them by repeating a rumor she overheard at the school gates, 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.

Joanna becomes obsessed with the case, pawing through decades-old records in an attempt to name the killer. But her curiosity not only ostracizes her from the community, but exposes her son and his father to a heartless psychopath who has killed–and may kill again. 

How dangerous can one rumor become? And how far will Joanna go to protect those she loves from harm, when she realizes what she’s unleashed?

Joanna is going to regret the day she ever said a word…. 


I loved the premise for this one, how seemingly innocent gossiping can turn out to be very harmful because I’m pretty sure every one of us is guilty of whispering with a friend on at least one occasion. The rumor itself is also both juicy and scary, imagine hearing there’s a killer living in your small town. Sure, the killer was only a child there self at the time of the murder, but still talk about creepy!

I kept thinking this is a really perfect summer thriller while I was reading and the main reason for my thoughts was because it was such a fast and compulsive read. I swear I flew through this one, it wasn’t even that it was super twisty or anything, I just think that the authors writing style kept me captivated and flipping the pages really quickly. There was also a great, strong sense of paranoia running throughout that added some additional tension.

Was this a fun and entertaining read for me? Sure, absolutely, but was it mind blowing and one I’ll remember in a few weeks? No, but it did hold my attention the entire time so I can’t be upset about that. I did figure out the main twist which is always a disappointment but it didn’t stop me from finishing it so clearly this had a compelling factor for me. I think those who are avid thriller readers will probably feel like I do but if you’re newer to the genre you may find it more mind blowing!

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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