Little Rumours – ARC Book Review

Title:- Little Rumours

Author:- Bryony Pearce

Date published:- will be published on March 31st 2022

Publisher:- Avon

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


It started with a rumour. But rumours can be deadly…

In a small town, three mothers wave goodbye to their children at the school gates.

Naomi has lived in Exton Cross since she was born, and she knows everything there is to know about everyone.

Aleema hates it here. It’s been three years and she’s yet to make a single friend. And she’s sure the other mums whisper about her behind her back.

Kelly is an outsider. New to the town, she arrives with nothing but her son – and a dark secret.

By the end of the school day, one of their children will be missing. And rumours will swirl that one of them knows why…

Not sure why there’s some low rating but I actually enjoyed reading this book!

Three families living in the small town called Exton Cross. Naomi has lived in Exton Cross all her life. Aleema is trying to be a part of the small town and Kelly is new to the town with a dark secret. Their children, Leon, Mia and Joe become friends. Then one day, one of them goes missing.

The story started out slightly slow and a bit boring but gradually, it started reaching the climax when Kelly’s dark secret was revealed later in the middle of the book. The plot is really good as well and the writer does a good job of drawing the reader into the story. The story is told from the perspectives of Naomi, Kelly and Aleema and so as a reader, you could get an insight of what each of these characters are thinking. I was really literally hooked into the book and couldn’t put it down, wanting to know what is going to happen next! And there were some parts where it was emotional and slightly heartbreaking. The ending was good. I have read this author’s previous book and in my honest opinion, I think this book is better than her previous book.

Overall, I actually enjoyed this fast paced thriller that is unputdownable and would keep you are the edge of the seat. Worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Avon for giving me the invitation to review this book. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Bryony Pearce writes dark thrillers, both for young people and adults. Her Young Adult novels include, among others, award-winners Angel’s Fury, the Phoenix duology and Savage Island.

Her adult thrillers are published by Avon books.

Bryony also writes science fiction short stories for anthologies, published by Newcon Press.

Bryony lives in a forest with her husband, two children (a girl and boy) and cat. She loves chocolate, wine and books.

Before becoming a writer and a mother she went to Cambridge university, then worked in the Market Research sector in London.

She visits schools, festivals and events and loves it if people come and say hello … particularly if they have enjoyed her work.

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