The Rumour by Elin Hilderbrand

Author Madeline King has a new novel coming out, and it’s got bestseller potential. But Madeline is terrified, because in her desperation to revive her career, she’s done something reckless: revealed the truth behind an actual affair involving her best friend, Grace.

And that’s not the only strain on Madeline and Grace’s friendship. One fateful night, the two women argue, voicing jealousies and resentments that have built for twenty years. Bereft of each other, they get caught in the snares of a mysterious and destructive stranger.


You can’t go wrong with an Elin Hilderbrand novel, and this one was excellent.

Set in Nantucket, there are glamourous lifestyles, beautiful people, and of course, like any small place, gossip. Once a rumour starts it quickly grows legs and news travels fast.

There’s a host of great characters. Madeline is very likeable, she’s a caring mother, and a good friend, and was a successful author but now has writer’s block.

Grace is nice, but a bit spoiled, and makes some foolish and selfish decisions. Her husband Eddie, is very likeable in spite of his own foolish decisions, there’s an underlying vulnerability and need to be liked to him, and it’s hard not to sympathise with him.

When Madeleine begins to write the story of Grace’s affair, it comes so easily to her, and her writer’s block is no more. But morally can she write about her best friend’s secret?
There’s a very good sub-plot about the teenagers in the town, with Grace’s twin daughters at the centre of it.

There’s so much drama, intrigue and gossip in this book, and it makes for a facinating book that you won’t be able to put down.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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