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The Rumour

(2018)
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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?
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'Everyone is going to be talking about The Rumour. An intriguing premise, a creeping sense of dread, and a twist you won't see coming!’ Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door.

Readers can’t stop talking about The Rumour:

***** ‘So good … The twist is amazing and really caught me out.’
***** ‘Downloaded it last night before bed and have stayed up all night reading it! Could not put it down.
***** ‘I couldn’t devour this book quickly enough … The surprises didn’t stop til the very last page.’

IF YOU’VE ALREADY DEVOURED THE RUMOUR THEN LOOK OUT FOR THE DARE, THE CAPTIVATING NEW THRILLER FROM LESLEY KARA. *COMING SOON AND AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW!*

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A great debut with a slyly clever premise and a rollercoaster ride to the very last sentence." - Fiona Barton

"Pssst, have you heard... #TheRumour is a cracking thriller about the damage that idle gossip can wreak in a small town. I thought I had the twist worked out. Boy was I wrong!" - Tammy Cohen

"In this chilling tale of paranoia, suspicion and accusation, Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page." - Paula Hawkins

"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 Lapeña

"A brilliant premise with a killer twist. The Rumour depicts the prejudices and secrets that simmer in a small seaside town to devastating effect." - Colette McBeth


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Hardback Editions

October 2019 : UK Hardback

Title: The Rumour
Author(s): Lesley Kara
ISBN: 1-4448-4254-4 / 978-1-4448-4254-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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December 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Rumour: The Sunday Times bestseller with a killer twist
Author(s): Lesley Kara
ISBN: 1-78763-004-8 / 978-1-78763-004-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bantam Press
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Paperback Editions

July 2020 : Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Rumor: A Novel
Author(s): Lesley Kara
ISBN: 1-984820-54-0 / 978-1-984820-54-9
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rumour
Author(s): Lesley Kara
ISBN: 0-552-17550-1 / 978-0-552-17550-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rumour
Author(s): Lesley Kara
ISBN: 0-552-17631-1 / 978-0-552-17631-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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June 2019 : Paperback
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Title: The Rumor: A Novel
Author(s): Lesley Kara
ISBN: 1-984819-34-8 / 978-1-984819-34-5
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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December 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rumour
Author(s): Lesley Kara
ISBN: 1-78763-100-1 / 978-1-78763-100-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bantam Press
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Audio Editions

June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Rumor: A Novel
Author(s): Lesley Kara
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Rumor: A Novel
Author(s): Lesley Kara
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


December 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Rumour
Author(s): Lesley Kara
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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December 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Rumour
Author(s): Lesley Kara
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon AU   


December 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Rumour
Author(s): Lesley Kara
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Rumor: A Novel
Author(s): Lesley Kara
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


December 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Rumour: The bestselling ebook of 2019, with a killer twist
Author(s): Lesley Kara
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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