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Book Review – The Dare by Lesley Kara @TransworldBooks #BookReview #BookBlogger #suspense

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2 friends went for a walk in the woods, only one came back and the other was found smashed up on the railway tracks. 12 years later, someone started calling.

Having read both author Lesley Kara’s earlier books, I was hoping this book was like her first one, The Rumor. The pace was slightly slow with dual timelines bringing forth past and present. I got to know Lizzie and her friendship with Alice and all the accusations that happened post the accident.

The author dealt with Lizzie’s epilepsy sensitively, and I liked seeing her determination at the end. The premise hooked me, and the prose certainly compelled me to read faster.

12 years, according to me, was too long a time to get revenge. Hence I was curious about the perp who had been in hiding so patiently all this time. Twists were interjected in the prose at the right time, keeping me intrigued. I would say writing flowed well enough to keep me stuck to my book.

There was an implosion of secrets with an explosion of truths at the end. Quite entertaining. My afternoon spent well, horizontal, in the comfort of my bed.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare.

When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together – and that only Lizzie will come back alive.

Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice’s friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend’s death.

Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find traumatic memories and paranoia suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness?

Twelve years is a long time to wait, when you’re planning the perfect revenge . . .


Publication Date: February 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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8 thoughts on “Book Review – The Dare by Lesley Kara @TransworldBooks #BookReview #BookBlogger #suspense Leave a comment

  1. A walk in the countryside can be very harmful. Whom to say, Shalini! Living here on the border, and never thought how harmful this could be. 😉 I hope you are well, and stay save. Here the information about the situation in India is very less. Best wishes, Michael

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