Book Review : The Rumour by Lesley Kara

It felt like, a decade had passed while I completed the book. It is kind of voluminous and that is me saying after I used the audio version of the book. Yes, I had listened to the audiobook rather than reading it and imagine I still felt that it was long and took a while to finish. To put it straight yes I liked the book. It is a British psychological thriller so it comes with those characteristics. Means heavy on the brain to be a light read. Perhaps if the book had not ended in the fashion, it did, my review would have been completely different. I would say the twist, in the end, was the saving grace for the book and made it worth staying through the long course of the book.

The Rumour official 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.

The Rumour RWAT Take

I loved the core plot of the book. Rumour. How a rumor can have a bigger consequence and can create webs that will eat you up in the end. I think that was what intrigued me most to the story. The whole aspect of rumor taking on a shape of its own. The synopsis is definitely a crowd puller but once you start the book, you realize that it is caught up in a whole lot of supporting characters and backgrounds that everything takes an awful lot of time to take ground.

I personally had trouble with how much the book was just dragging around in circles and so much that even when some interesting turns were happening in the book, I was too exhausted to be elated or even take notice of it. It was draining with how much the character was thinking and speaking, how much new characters were coming and going short, a lot of things were happening but without much impact and just draining the energy

It is towards the extreme last that an actual ray of hope started shining and fortunately it stayed strong till the end. The book without the kind of end it had would have been a really terrible idea with how much the build-up was in the initial phase. A lot of it seemed to be such a fancy build up to a promise of something really epic but failing to properly construct that

The book has a plot that will blow your mind but the only issue I had was how a lot of it was just build up with no major plot twists or developments. It just keeps holding on to a thin line with the promise of bright light at the end of the tunnel. You will have to stay till the end to be delivered with that promise. I although assure you that, once you reach the end of the book, you will thank yourself for sticking till the last because the eventual plot twist is superb and wicked.


In conclusion, I would say that the book really tests your patience with almost more than half of the book just revolving around in a circle with a tiny bit of events happening in between to show a spark of life. Stick till the end to be rewarded as I am still in awe of that ending in the book. It was massive, completely caught me off guard and I felt like I was rewarded for my patience.

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