THE DARE BY LESLEY KARA #bookreview #TheDare @penguinrandomhouse @alisonbarrow @LesleyKara

Published March 4th by Bantam Press

Available in Hardback

Signed Independent Bookshop edition available from Blackwell’s and other retailers

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As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare.

‘This time it’s different. She’s gone too far now.
She really has.’

When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together – and that only Lizzie will come back alive.

Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice’s friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend’s death.

Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find long-buried memories suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness?

Twelve years is a long time to wait, when you’re planning the perfect revenge . . .


Lizzie suffers from epilepsy, but over the last two years her medication is working well and she has had no major seizures. She is seriously thinking of taking that step and going to University. Still grieving over the death of her best friend Alice, 12 years ago, in a tragic accident, things haven’t always been this good, however with a recent move to a new house with her boyfriend Ross, a GP, things are looking good.

They have decided on having a housewarming party, and although Lizzie is a little nervous, few of her friends will be there, well none actually, she is still determined to enjoy it. However…….. there is a guest that’s about to turn everything up side down for Lizzie and drag her back to her childhood. Is she ready to re live her past and deal with events she can’t even remember properly?

This is another well written, character rich, thriller from author Lesley Kara. I’ve enjoyed both her previous two books, The Rumour and Who Did You Tell? and I couldn’t wait to read this third and new novel.

A small number of characters allowed the story to really concentrate on each of them, giving the reader a really good sense of their personalities. I enjoy that about Lesley’s books, she really brings her main character to life, making me warm to them instantly. Lesley also carefully and thoughtfully deals with the main character’s epilepsy and uses it well within the story line.

Scattered with red herrings, and a big twist, I found this a fast paced, psychological thriller. Told in two different time lines the story builds as we are given the pieces which allow us to work out what really happened 12 years ago and why. The tension build up in the later part of the book was brilliant!

Many thanks to Alison Barrow of Transworld Books for my super hardback copy. The Dare is out today!

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