Lesley Kara

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Narrated By: Kristin Atherton, Laura Carmichael, Dominic Thorburn

Duration: 8 hours and 48 minutes

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As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare.

When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together – and that only Lizzie will come back alive.

Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice’s friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend’s death.

Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find traumatic memories and paranoia suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness?

Twelve years is a long time to wait, when you’re planning the perfect revenge . . .


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

‘Lesley Kara does an excellent job of making readers’ heads spin as we are forced constantly to change our minds about who is ally and who enemy.’
Sunday Express

‘Instantly immersive, then intriguing, then insanely suspenseful, then ... the truth.
Believe me, Lesley Kara knows what she's doing’
Lee Child

© Lesley Kara 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


Psychological thriller, Crime and mystery: women sleuths, Modern and contemporary fiction, Narrative theme: Love and relationships, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss, Narrative theme: Sense of place

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Intelligent, packed with intrigue, and charged with an unstoppable tension, The Dare is a gripping tale which shows yet again that Lesley Kara is the queen of psychological thrillers.

Lauren North, author of The Perfect Betrayal

I read The Dare in two big gulps - it's pacey, has great characters and there's a flip worthy of Simone Biles.

Fiona Barton, bestselling author of The Widow

This psychological thriller gets under your skin, meaning some late nights till you finish it.


Lesley Kara has done it again. The Dare is a gripping tale of secrets, betrayal and love's power to corrupt and redeem. Brilliantly plotted, The Dare keeps you guessing to the very end, and like Lizzie, the reader never knows who to trust. Destined for the bestseller charts and deservedly so.

Adam Hamdy, author of Pendulum

A real page turner. An engrossing and suspenseful tale with absorbing characters and plenty of shocking twists.