Book Review

The Rumour by Lesley Kara – The Literary Adventure

Today I’m here with a spoiler free review of The Rumour by Lesley Kara. This is a Sunday Times Bestselling thriller with a “killer twist” so I was super excited to read it.

Earlier this year Rachael, Sophia and I decided to start an eBook club where we would choose an inexpensive eBook each month, read it and then review. We thought it would be a lovely idea to expand this to you guys so if you’re interested then make sure you check out my post. This book was our second pick!

It’s not often I read thrillers so I was looking forward to sinking myself into something new. Unfortunately, this book didn’t really do it for me. Keep reading to find out more in my spoiler free review.

The Rumour by Lesley Kara book review, shown on a Kindle in front of bookcase
Goodreads Synopsis

A casual comment.

There’s a killer among us. 

That’s all it takes.

She stabbed little Robbie Harris. 

To change a life –

She’s living under a new name.

For ever.

She’s reformed. So they say . . . 

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

My Thoughts

To start off this book is super cheap on Amazon and is a fairly short read. Teaming those with the fact this is a Sunday Times Bestseller, I went into the story with high hopes and was feeling pretty satisfied!

Characters and the Story

The story started pretty much straight away which I always appreciate; Kara reveals the character’s backgrounds as the story progresses instead of dumping it all in a pile of information at the beginning. I much prefer this approach as the reader feels much more invested from the get go.

The story was easy to follow, with clear and concise sentences and without the fluff that can be distracting in this genre. We meet many characters at once which I found a little confusing in the beginning but I soon got used to who was who.

Speaking of the characters, reading about our main character and her partner’s relationship was enjoyable and felt very refreshing to me. It’s not the typical set up that you read about in adult books and it was welcomed by me! While I didn’t feel a particularly strong attachment to the characters I definitely felt for them at points throughout the story.

Final Thoughts

It’s very hard to discuss my thoughts on the plot without giving anything away, though I will say this. This book keeps you guessing; one minute you think the killer is one person and the next you’re convinced it’s another.

However, when the killer was finally revealed it fell a little bit flat for me. It was definitely unexpected but it just didn’t have that “OH MY GOSH” feeling for me, if that makes sense? I also wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. It just felt a little unrealistic to me which kind of put a dampener on my experience reading the book.

Please don’t let my review put you off picking up this book. There were many good points about the story and obviously a lot of people love it. The Rumour by Lesley Kara is the bestselling eBook of 2019 so far in fact!

I don’t tend to read a lot of thrillers and so this may be why I didn’t have the same experience as many others seem to, but I am glad I did read The Rumour. Maybe I just picked this book up at the wrong time as I can definitely see why people did enjoy it, but we all like different things I guess!

The Literary Adventure July Book Pick

So, if you fancy joining in throughout July (with no obligations to finish or review) then here’s all the info about our next read.

We have chosen My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing, a “gripping new psychological thriller”. It’s currently 99p on Amazon for Kindle! If you fancy joining in make sure to use the #theliteraryadventure on social media so we can see how each other are getting on.

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9 thoughts on “The Rumour by Lesley Kara – The Literary Adventure

  1. That’s a shame you didn’t enjoy it more!
    I have the ebook of My Lovely Wife and I hear great things so I might join in!

  2. It is no fun when the big reveal at the end of a thriller falls flat! I feel like the reveal is one of the most important parts of this genre! But, I am glad you found parts of the book that you liked. it does sound super interesting.

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