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    Don't Believe Everything

    ITS THE OLD GAME OF TELEPHONE with the whispered story in the ear does not make the end of the line without surprises. Joanna has moved home to be close to her Mom and to shield her son from more bullying at school. Rumors of a past murderer being present in their seaside town of Flintstead has the town folk roaming the streets with suspicion and gossip. There are a number of characters to keep track of but the ending is sought after with rapid turning of pages. Included are some heart racing scenes to add to this being a MUST READ. "A copy of this book was provided by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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    The Rumor

    The Rumor is the debut novel from Lesley Kara. I hope Ms Kara writes fast because I can't wait to see her next story! I read The Rumor in less than 24 hours. I was immediately taken with the main character (Joanna). Before I knew it I was 38% of the way into the story on my Kindle and completely wrapped up in Joanna's life. Twists, turns, and surprises make this almost impossible to put down. I was given an early copy to review.
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    A good read

    5 out of 5 stars! First off I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher Ballantine books for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this novel in exchanged for an honest review. Jo isn't the type of woman who spreads rumors. Well, at least not normally but then again a woman will do anything to help her child to fit in and belong! You see, she hears a little rumor and though she has no desire to mention it to anyone she lets the rumor slip at a book club. It seems that there may be a child killer in their midst. A woman named Sally stabbed little Robby Harris when she was a child. She has been released for years and living under an assumed name. It seems she MAY have settled in their little town! Though Jo promises herself that she will not mention it again. It is a promise she plans to keep until she finds out her son Alfie who was once bullied in the city they lived in before she moved to the small town to be hear her Mom and to save Alfie from bullying is being bullied again. She hears from her partner that there is a very good chance that Sally really is here. The reason it makes sense? It seems Sally moved to a dry town. Jo wants Alfie to be accepted and that means that she must be accepted by the other Mothers so she drops more juicy gossip. Before she knows things get out of hand. A woman in town is accused and mob mentality takes hold. Jo also starts to get veiled threats from a twitter account and then a class photo is digitally changed to show Alfie with a knife in his chest! As Jo and her partner Michael set out to find out the truth we watch a small town begin to fall apart. Because their town is full of retirees there are many suspects. I pretty much narrowed it down to two people and zoned in on the correct culprit about halfway through. Did that weaken the impact of the reveal? Not at all! In fact it made me more excited to get to the confrontation/reveal and boy was the ending fantastic! Even the final sentence in the novel is great! This is a stellar 5 star book. Each character is well rounded and the story is strong. Though you are disappointed with the way many of the residents act the town does seem like a nice little town. We are only human and we do not always act perfectly so you can forgive the residents for acting out of fear. If I had to give one con it would be that you could clearly tell that this book was originally a UK set mystery. It felt a little off in that aspect and there really was no need to change the location for the northern American audience, Please don't let that stop you from picking this up though!

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