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The book is a perfect example of how a tiny spark soon can flare up into a rampant fire. Joanna hears one rumor at the school gates that Sally McGowan, who killed a 5 year old boy when she was a kid of 10, has come to stay in her small town. To make friends with the other mums, Jo spreads this rumor without confirming the story. It takes a life if its own and innocent people are cast under suspicion and their livelihood wrecked. Till Jo comes to know the shuddering truth. How will she protect her son?

The story by Lesley Kara, was a bit rocky. It went fast through some pages and slowed a bit in some. The entire atmosphere of dread and suspicion and fear was held in most parts. The writing did seem fast paced but could have been tighter.

I loved the way the book came to a massive unexpected finish, I liked the feelings of urgency and trepidation it evoked in me. The last few pages literally made me come alive. And the book ended in an exciting last line!

Jo as the main character could take the story further down the road, but somehow something about her niggled me, I couldn’t connect much with her. Her emotions didn’t come across as believable, at least for me.

On the whole, I enjoyed the book, as it was a different story and it kept to a fast speed in most of its pages.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Transworld, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

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Lesley Kara is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives on the North Essex coast. Her first novel is The Rumour. Who Did You Tell? is her second novel.

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?

Publication Date: 10th December 2018

Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld

47 Responses

  1. Wow very interesting book review Shalini. The way you tell it in your review it sounds interesting as heck, but I follow what you mean by not being able to connect with a character. It is hard for me too if I can not connect with the main character, or when a book is flowing really good, and then all of a sudden it drops down to moving slow. You really do make it sound like a want to read book, awesome review for this author Shalini. Have a great weekend honey 😉

      1. 😂 Well I really do think you should write a book. You have the talent, I believe anyway. I am sure others would agree, I can see it in your reviews. They are very professional. Have a wonderful day when you get up honey ❤😉

        1. Hahaha you got me… I have yet to sleep. It is close to the bewitching hour…
          Thank you so much for your lovely words… Maybe one day I will write a book if the idea comes to me

  2. Shalini how do you even manage to read so many books so quickly. But thank you. With my new resolution to read more, your blog is going to my savior. As always s great review.

  3. Shalini, your review made me think I should read this one, but only a 3.5 star rating, Now I am not sure. What do you think? Would l like this one?

    1. I think you would like it… I gave this rating for 3 reasons
      The book went slow at some points
      I couldn’t connect to the main character much
      The last few pages were fab, I wanted tension across the scenes or at least in the last 40%
      But yes, you would love the book, village with slow life, quirky women, gossip, single mother trying to bring up her child with her own mother’s help, secrets hinted at… It has lot of things happening to make it a good ride
      I was being too analytical

      1. Three stars is still a decent rating. I think ratings have been hijacked at times where people think you have to give 4 or 5 stars or it wasn’t a good book. Thanks for clarifying. I have added this one to my TBR, but who knows when I will get to it.

  4. Sounds like a good one despite all. But since the ending is so great I’m very tempted to start with the end of the book! I admit it. Sometime, I do read the last few pages first… Such a rebel!

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