5 / 5 Stars
This is a review of a book that is out in December. I received a copy from NetGalley in return for a fair review.
The book begins with a huddle of mums picking up their children in a school playground. Joanna is a new parent at the school and overhears the group discussing that there is possibly a woman called Sally McGowan who killed a child when she was a child herself now living in Flinstead under a new identity.
Joanna and her son Alfie have moved back to Flinstead a small seaside town, where Joanna grew up. Alfie is struggling to fit in with the other children. So to try to fit in Joanna tells her book group about the rumour she has heard in the playground and this begins a series of events that changes the lives of some of the residents of this small town forever.
Joanna ‘s partner is a journalist and becomes interested in the story of Sally McGowan and Joanna finds herself becoming more drawn into the rumour. It’s a great debut novel and I loved the way the book leads the reader down one path but then would go off in a completely different direction.
I felt the premise of the story was very realistic and it was very believable how small rumours can grow into having a huge impact on many different groups of people, some with devastating results. The author kept me guessing all the way through the book and had a great twist at the end.
I would say it is one of the best thrillers I have read this year.