Lesley Kara

Writing Coach

Psychological Thrillers


The Bestselling Author

The highest selling crime fiction debut of 2019

Lesley Kara is a Sunday Times Top Ten and Amazon #1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. She is the author of The Rumour, Who Did You Tell?, The Dare and The Apartment Upstairs.

The Rumour was the highest-selling print crime fiction debut of 2019 and the bestselling e-book of that year. It has been optioned for TV by Cuba Pictures and sold in over 18 territories. Her second novel was also a Sunday Times bestseller.

Lesley worked for many years as a lecturer and manager in a large college of further education in London. She now lives in Suffolk and writes full-time. 

‘Lesley Kara keeps you guessing until the final page.’ —Paula Hawkins, Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author of The Girl on the Train.


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I don’t wait for inspiration before starting to write. If I did that, I’d probably only write a few times a year. Sitting down every day and forcing myself to write even when I’m not particularly in the mood for it is what brings results.

—Lesley Kara

The Rumour

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 realises what it is she’s unleashed?


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Who Did You Tell?

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...


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The Dare

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 fiancé, Lizzie is finally beginning to feel like she can move on with her life.

But someone has other ideas...


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The Apartment Upstairs

Scarlett’s aunt lived – and was brutally murdered – in the apartment 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...


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Startlingly original... It’s hard to think of a recent novel that can match Kara’s for an almost unbearable level of suspense.’

Sunday Times


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