After stepping out of my comfort zone slightly, for my next book of choice, I dove straight back into familiar waters with The Rumour by Lesley Kara. Joanna Critchley and her young son Alfie have recently moved to Flinstead, Joanna’s childhood home. They’re both finding a hard time settling in and making new friends so when Jo hears about a tantalising rumour she can’t help but share it with her book club, instantly gaining herself attention.
What is the rumour? There’s a child-killer living in town. Sally McGowan was just 10 years old herself when she killed a 5-year-old boy, and she’s been in the witness protection system ever since with a new identity. The rumour spreads like wildfire among the town with a local shopkeeper targeted as the main suspect, and then Joanna herself begins receiving threatening messages.
This is one of those dangerous books that’s easy to read and so gripping you just can’t put it down. The author is very clever at giving enough clues and hints to keep you guessing and changing your mind all the time, and even when I put some thought into it and came up with a wild theory it turned out wrong.
I was about 70% through the book when I found out who Sally McGowan actually is, and although it was a fascinating part of the book, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed at the fact I still had a good chunk of the book left with no more surprises to come. I was wrong though, that last part got read in one go because I had to find out how it ended.
What I love the most about mystery novels is that it’s so much harder to see the twist coming than it is in a movie, I’m always taken by surprise. I do wonder whether the more of the genre I read the more I’ll be able to deduce what’s happening, but for now, I’m going to enjoy it.
The Rumour is my favourite mystery at the moment. It was solid all the way through but it was the final sentence that really did it for me. My jaw hit the floor and I ran downstairs to tell my husband what had just happened because I just couldn’t keep it to myself!