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 realises what it is she’s unleashed?
When single mum Jo ‘up sticks’ from London to sleepy Flinstead on the Essex coast, it’s in hope of a fresh start. Closer to her mum and a better place for her young son to grow up she is keen for them both to make new friends.
When she hears some gossip at the school gates she initially doesn’t think too much about it. However the rumour is that there is a convicted child killer, now living in the town and as gossip can get a little carried away, Jo begins to join in and helps spreads the rumour. What harm can it do? Plus it is a way to get talking to people, to make new friends.
Micheal, a journalist, and Jo’s ex hears of this spreading gossip and talks to Jo about it. He is keen to follow it up in the hope of a story. After the rumour starts to become talked of over town, Jo gets carried away and mentions a piece of information she has obtained from Micheal. This leads to Jo becoming more involved than she would ever think possible.
As a local woman becomes a target and as Jo’s guilt and fear increases, the tension both in the town and within the book builds and Micheal and Jo are dangerously drawn into events.
Full of twists and turns and a well described set of small town characters, this book had me gripped, leading me this way and that, trying to unravel the mystery of who this child killer could be. The thriller ramps up as the book moves along and whether or not not figure some of it out, there is a great twist at the end.
A wonderful portrayal of a small seaside town, The Rumour is a pacy, addictive read.
I bought my signed copy of The Rumour from Caxton Books. Based in the town of Frinton on Sea.