The Rumor by Lesley Kara

This book seems to be all the rage on Bookstagram (book reviews on instagram). I am happy to jump in and share my thoughts!

Thank you Ballantine Books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Joanna is desperate to ingratiate herself with a popular clique of mothers at her son’s new school. But when she tries to impress them by repeating a rumor she overheard at the school gates, there’s no going back. . . .Rumor has it that a notorious killer, a woman who has been released from prison years after her brutal crime, is living under a new identity in Joanna’s seaside town. So who is the supposedly reformed murderer now living in their neighborhood? Suspicion falls on everyone. Joanna becomes obsessed with the case, pawing through decades-old records in an attempt to name the killer. But her curiosity not only ostracizes her from the community, but exposes her son and his father to a heartless psychopath who has killed–and may kill again. How dangerous can one rumor become? And how far will Joanna go to protect those she loves from harm, when she realizes what she’s unleashed? Joanna is going to regret the day she ever said a word….

There’s been a lot of hype about this book. People have been all over the place in terms of their reviews for it. As for me? I’m stuck in the middle. It read much like a Desperate Housewives/Big Little Lies type story for me. I felt like it was a story that had already been done before. The writing isn’t bad at all and it kept my attention the entire time, I just didn’t really seem to care about what happened. It was a little too predictable for me. If you don’t read thrillers often, you may enjoy this one!

3/5 Stars

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