Review: The Rumor by Lesley Kara


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. . .

Rating: 3.5-stars


The Rumor by Lesley Kara has the potential to be the greatest who done it suspense novel. It started with this rumor of a child killer living in a small-town. A bunch of moms gossip about it until the rumor starts unraveling a long-ago event. One day a mother lost her young son. That family’s lives changed forever. No one was ever the same. Especially, the sister who was supposed to take care of her brother. From there the haunting of the event and the loss and extra grief drove one of them to the edge. Dying from a cancer and only more pain, someone takes the past and brings it back with revenge. The themes of family, love, sacrifice, and forgiveness were evident throughout the book. There were also themes of revenge, loss, justice, truth, growing up, and anger. The Rumor shows just how far a person can be pushed over the edge by anger. Grief has a way of undoing someone’s mind. Years of growing up in a hostile, angry, and sad environment can be more detrimental than letting go and forgetting. Death is never easy. I enjoyed how realistic this novel was in telling the events of the past that still haunted two families. The past never left. Overall, the first half of the book is about the rumor and the characters with their fears. The action really picks up when I started the second half of the book. The ending was good!

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