The Rumor

The Rumor

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"When a single mother hears a rumor outside her son's school, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another . . . and now 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. As Joanna becomes obsessed with the case, her curiosity will expose her son and his father to a heartless psychopath who has killed--and may kill again. And she will learn how dangerous one rumor can become . . . and just how far she must go to protect those she loves from harm. She is going to regret the day she ever said a word..."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781984819345
1984819348
Branch Call Number: FIC KARA
Characteristics: 321 pages

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ArapahoeChristineS Aug 06, 2019

I liked the concept of a comment in a conversation, not meant maliciously, but rather to help "fit in" explodes into something destructive and out of control. I really liked exploring that subject, however I wished it felt more realistic. I think it tried to be a domestic thriller but got a little ridiculous. It was an average read, not good or bad.

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crimsonpetal
Jul 13, 2019

I did not find the mystery compelling. There was no real sense of jeopardy. It was difficult to differentiate between all the neighborhood characters. The story went on for too long to be satisfying. The "surprise" ending was pretty far-fetched. With that, if I had a long flight and a choice between Field and Stream and this novel, I'd go with the novel.

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