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Lesley Kara books in order

Looking for Lesley Kara’s books in order of publication? Look no further!

Lesley Kara burst onto the thriller scene with a startling debut novel set in a British seaside community and quickly made a name for herself as an aficionado of the psychological thriller.

She has followed her bestseller success with three more gripping, suspense-filled standalone novels, putting complex female protagonists at the centre and lacing each story with secrets that gradually unfold.

For a fresh, contemporary, immersive read, Lesley Kara has you covered.

Lesley Kara books in order:

The Rumour by Lesley Kara

1. The Rumour (2019)

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 realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

2. Who Did You Tell? (2020)

Someone knows Astrid’s darkest secret. And they’re going to have fun with it…

It’s been 192 days, seven hours and fifteen minutes since her last drink. Now Astrid is trying to turn her life around.

Having reluctantly moved back in with her mother, in a quiet seaside town away from the temptations and painful memories of her life before, Astrid is focusing on her recovery. She’s going to meetings. Confessing her misdeeds. Making amends to those she’s wronged.

But someone knows exactly what Astrid is running from. And they won’t stop until she learns that some mistakes can’t be corrected.

Some mistakes, you have to pay for.

The Dare by Lesley Kara

3. The Dare (2021)

Come on. You’ll be fine. It’s only a game.

Lizzie has no memory of the accident in which her best friend Alice died as a teenager. And it was an accident. Wasn’t it?

Alice’s friends and relatives suspect Lizzie was to blame, but Lizzie knows that can’t be true. She would never have hurt Alice.

Twelve years on, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fianc√©, Lizzie is finally beginning to feel like she can move on with her life. But someone has other ideas…

The Apartment Upstairs by Lesley Kara

4. The Apartment Upstairs (2022)

Scarlett’s aunt lived – and was brutally murdered – in the flat upstairs. But Scarlett is determined that life should return to some kind of normal, even if that means living with just a ceiling between her and the scene of such a devastating crime. After all, this is her home. She’s safe here. Isn’t she?

Dee is busy balancing her job as a funeral director with organising an event to mark the disappearance of her best friend, ten years ago. So she’s got enough on her plate without worrying about the threatening messages that are appearing on her company’s Facebook page.

When Scarlett approaches Dee about planning her aunt’s funeral, an unexpected link between them emerges. Together, the two women could uncover secrets that have long been buried. Even while someone wants to stop them digging…

It’s only ever that girl until it’s someone you know.

There you have it – all Lesley Kara books in order of publication! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…

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    I have read the Dare, The Rumour and Who did you tell? and enjoyed all three. Couldn’t put them down and had to read until the gripping end.

    Just finished the dare.
    I couldn’t like , or feel empathy or sympathy for Lizzie, but could and did with Catherine.
    A good read and and an interesting subject , epilepsy is very rarely used as a subject or part of the plot in a novel .

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