The book is a perfect example of how a tiny spark soon can flare up into a rampant fire. Joanna hears one rumor at the school gates that Sally McGowan, who killed a 5 year old boy when she was a kid of 10, has come to stay in her small town. To make friends with the other mums, Jo spreads this rumor without confirming the story. It takes a life if its own and innocent people are cast under suspicion and their livelihood wrecked. Till Jo comes to know the shuddering truth. How will she protect her son?
The story by Lesley Kara, was a bit rocky. It went fast through some pages and slowed a bit in some. The entire atmosphere of dread and suspicion and fear was held in most parts. The writing did seem fast paced but could have been tighter.
I loved the way the book came to a massive unexpected finish, I liked the feelings of urgency and trepidation it evoked in me. The last few pages literally made me come alive. And the book ended in an exciting last line!
Jo as the main character could take the story further down the road, but somehow something about her niggled me, I couldn’t connect much with her. Her emotions didn’t come across as believable, at least for me.
On the whole, I enjoyed the book, as it was a different story and it kept to a fast speed in most of its pages.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Transworld, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Lesley Kara is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives on the North Essex coast. Her first novel is The Rumour. Who Did You Tell? is her second novel.
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 ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight 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 realizes what it is she’s unleashed?
Publication Date: 10th December 2018
Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld