ARC Review: Little Rumours by Bryony Pearce

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re all well and had a good week so far. I haven’t got much to report from the last few days to be honest. Work has been a little bit manic but nothing I’ve not been able to deal with. We went on a bit of a rollercoaster trying to adopt a dog, but that’s a story for another day. Other than that it’s very much been business as usual with nothing out of the ordinary.

Book πŸ“–

Thank you to @BryonyPearce and @AvonBooksUK for this advanced copy of Little Rumours in return for an honest review. Little Rumours is published today (31st March 2022) and you can get a copy here.

Description πŸ”–

Naomi has lived in Exton Cross her entire life and has no desire to leave. She knows everything about everyone and makes it her business to keep in the know.

Aleema hates the small town life in Exton Cross. She’s been there for three years and not made a single friend. She is convinced that people are whispering about her behind her back.

Kelly is a complete outsider. She has just arrived in Exton Cross with nothing but her son and a dark secret.

All three women wave goodbye to their children at the school gates at what should be a normal day. By the same evening, one of their children will be missing and all of their secrets will start to unravel.

General Thoughts πŸ€”

I adored The Girl on the Platform (you can read my review here) so when I knew that Little Rumours was coming out, it went straight onto my TBR. Imagine my delight when I got my hands on an ARC. This book did not disappoint me and I enjoyed devouring the whole thing.

I loved that the story wasn’t over complicated and I think it somehow kept me focused on trying to workout where this missing child was. I knew that the answer was going to be right under my nose, however there were so many possibilities, it could have ended up being anyone. That’s not to say I didn’t guess correctly. Gave myself a little pat on the shoulder for that.

Characters πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

I felt like the characters in this book were easily separated into groups; the grown ups and the kids. Sometimes it was hard to distinguish between the two.

Maybe that’s unfair and I shouldn’t tar all the adults with the same brush but my god I found some of them frustrating. If it wasn’t a parent protecting their child despite thinking they could be a criminal, it was a parent completely ignoring the feelings of their child because “they knew best”.

The kids in this book were heroic. Though I’m sure they were terrified, they put friendship before everything else. I loved that Joe, Leon and Mia were best friends, no matter what and accepted each other for who they were. I think their parents could have learned something from them.

Writing Style ✍️

As already mentioned, this story wasn’t overly complicated, however I think it worked for the book and I didn’t enjoy it any less because of it. That said, it became quite obvious to me who was responsible about mid way through and I think that this could have been drawn out longer to add to the tension.

I really liked that the book was told from the different women’s perspectives. It was interesting to read how they all felt about the same thing and also just how ignorant they were to each other’s experiences. I think the author did a great job of creating three very different characters that all co-existed in the same story.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–

So this book wasn’t quite The Girl on the Platform for me, but I definitely did still enjoy it. It was tense, twisty and turny and I was turning the pages super quickly. I look forward to seeing what Bryony Pearce blesses us all with next.


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