I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
Published by Berkley Publishing on March 17, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
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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.
Wow! I have to say, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book or not especially since it slightly mirrors the Gypsy Rose story. While many aspects are quite similar, there are many many differences which make this story a real standout.
Rose Gold’s mother, Patty Watts, is about to be released from serving the past five years in prison for aggravated child abuse. Patty suffers from Munchausen by Proxy and abused her daughter from infancy until Rose Gold was eighteen years old. Because of Rose Gold’s testimony, Patty was convicted and sent to prison. Now that Patty is about to be released, Rose Gold wants to connect with her mother again and finally put the past behind them. But with years of abuse behind her, has Rose Gold really recovered mentally enough to let her mother back in and is Patty ready to admit what she has done to Rose Gold? Can they ever truly heal their mother and daughter relationship or something more sinister at play?
I really can’t express how much I love a story with a very unreliable narrator. The story is told through both Patty and Rose Gold’s eyes and switches to the past after Patty has been convicted and the present after Patty is released from prison. Here we really get a strong background on both characters and holy hell. Are either of the two likeable? Hell no! But, you will find yourself sucked into both of their stories wondering who is the most manipulative and delusional. It makes for one truly messed up wild ride.
I found myself really drawn into this dark story. I just could not tear my eyes away! Even though this isn’t an edge of your seat type of thriller in the traditional sense, it is an edge of your seat kind of story centered around a delusional mother and daughter team that will make you cringe and gasp as you try to figure out who is more manipulative and evil. I just couldn’t get enough!
Darling Rose Gold is creative, clever, and chilling. It gives new meaning to mother/daughter relationships and not in a good way either. I Highly approve and this is a definite five star read for me and one I highly recommend.