The Rumor

A Novel
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
4 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Keeps you guessing until the final page.” (Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train)

“A rollercoaster ride to the very last sentence.” (Fiona Barton, author of The Widow)

“Everyone will be talking about The Rumor.” (Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door

When a single mother hears a shocking 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, who committed a brutal crime as a child, has been living a new life under an assumed identity in Joanna’s seaside town. So who is the criminal hidden in their midst? Suspicion falls on everyone.

As Joanna becomes obsessed with the case, her curiosity will expose her son and his father to the supposedly reformed murderer - who may be ready to kill again. She will learn how dangerous one rumor can become...and just how far she must go to protect those she loves. She is going to regret the day she ever said a word. 

Praise for The Rumor 

“A brilliant premise with a killer twist. The Rumor depicts the prejudices and secrets that simmer in a small seaside town to devastating effect.” (Colette McBeth, author of An Act of Silence)

“This mystery has an unusual and resonant theme - how a single rumor can morph into a completely unmanageable, deadly force.... [There’s] psychological acuity throughout and [an] astonishing ending.” (Booklist

©2019 Lesley Kara (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“In this chilling tale of paranoia, suspicion, and accusation, Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page.” (Paula Hawkins, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Girl on the Train)

“A great debut with a slyly clever premise and a roller-coaster ride to the very last sentence.” (Fiona BartonNew York Times best-selling author of The Widow and The Child)

“An intriguing premise, a creeping sense of dread, and a twist you won’t see coming . . . Everyone is going to be talking about The Rumor.” (Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door)

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Wow, solid mystery/thriller

This book was very good, the plot unfolded at an excellent pace and clues were perfectly scattered until they all came back into place again as the story wrapped up. So it wasn’t one of those books that just unraveled at the very end or with no clues throughout the book to allow the audience to make their own connections. My interest was held solidly throughout and though I tried to make guesses about how it would ultimately end, I was completely wrong. The book wrapped up a little earlier than normal to provide more backstory and points from the plot to become relevant with a satisfying conclusion. Recommended.

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Good Story but really disliked the main character

I have never ever disliked the main character as much as I dislike Joana. You will know what I am talking about once you read the book.

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The Rumor

Could have been a good story but the main character is so unlike able it’s hard to care about her! I usually finish an audiobook in about 4 days but this one took longer because I disliked the character of Jo so much that I barely cared how it ended!

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Great story, even better ending!

This book kept my attention throughout the story and it was definitely worth the purchase. There were a few cheesy parts or somewhat predictable parts, but there were also a few good twists that kept my mind guessing. The very end is what made me rate this book so highly...Made it worth every second to listen to! Wonderful!

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Way too overly dramatized! —difficult to listen to.

I’m not sure which was worse—the writing or the narrating. By the end, the main character’s extreme emotionalism was bordering on camp and was almost humorous. I had to speed up the narration to 1.25 just to get through to the end of the story. Really bad!
I don’t recommend this one. I’m returning it.

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Excellent

Wow! This was my first time listening to this narrator and author. Wonderful story! I will definitely download another book.

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A Lifetime Movie Turned Into A Book

It's not terrible, but the summary gives the impression that The Rumor is on the same level as "Gone Girl" or "Girl on a Train." Spoiler Alert: it's not. The story, characters, and dialogue are straight out of a Lifetime original movie. The performance is overly dramatic to the point of annoyance. Not worth the time to listen.