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For as long as Rose Gold Watts can remember she has been sick. Too sick to get around without a wheelchair. To sick to go to school. To sick eat regular food. All her life the only person Rose Gold could depend on to take care of her was her mother Patty. Until, that is, she realized that all of her illnesses had been a lie, a deceit perpetuated by her mother.
It has been five years since Rose Gold testified against her mother in the trial of the century. Now Patty is out of prison and Rose Gold has agreed to take her mother in. Patty is ready to be needed by her daughter again, but her darling Rose Gold isn’t a helpless little girl anymore, and Rose has a score to settle.
About the BookDarling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
on March 17, 2020
Sharp Objects meets My Lovely Wife in this tightly drawn debut that peels back the layers of the most complicated of mother-daughter relationships...
For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.
Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.
After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.
Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she's forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.
Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling...
And she's waited such a long time for her mother to come home.
This very literary, psychological suspense novel sucked me in from the beginning. I have been seeing this book everywhere so let’s just say when this beauty ended up in my hands and dropped everything to start reading it and find out what all the buzz was about behind Wrobel’s debut novel.
Let me just start by saying this this book did not disappoint.
I read it in two days, which is pretty good for someone in their last semester of Graduate school (yay oral exams!). The author obviously did her research and her thoroughness was reflected in how believable all the characters were. Things definitely went off the rails at some points but Wrobel did a fantastic job laying out her characters’ motivations.
But if you’re going into this book thinking you are going to root for a daughter that was abused by her mother then this is not the book for you. Both Rose Gold and her mother are terrible. The book alternates perspectives between the two and, like a train wreck, I just could not look away from the carnage and disaster that was unfolding before me on the page.
This book was as much as a character study in toxic relationships as it was two incredibly broken people trying to figure things out. It was such a refreshing take on a thriller and I would recommend it to anyone looking for that next addictive page turner.
Overall, I gave it 5/5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed books like The Anonymous Girl, The Wives by Tarryn Fisher and The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao.
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