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Darling Rose Gold
by Stephanie Wrobel




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THE USA TODAY AND EDGAR AWARD NOMINATED BESTSELLER

If you enjoyed The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, read Darling Rose Gold.--Washington Post

"Sensationally good - two complex characters power the story like a nuclear reaction..."--Lee Child


A most anticipated book of 2020 by
Newsweek Marie Claire ∙ Bustle ∙ ShondalandPopSugar ∙ Woman's Day ∙ Good Housekeeping ∙ BookRiot ∙ She Reads

Mothers never forget. Daughters never forgive.

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.

"Dazzling, dark and utterly delicious"--J. P. Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

"One of the most captivating and disturbing thrillers I've read this year. An astonishing debut"--Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

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Overview

THE USA TODAY AND EDGAR AWARD NOMINATED BESTSELLER

If you enjoyed The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, read Darling Rose Gold.--Washington Post

"Sensationally good - two complex characters power the story like a nuclear reaction..."--Lee Child


A most anticipated book of 2020 by
Newsweek Marie Claire ∙ Bustle ∙ ShondalandPopSugar ∙ Woman's Day ∙ Good Housekeeping ∙ BookRiot ∙ She Reads

Mothers never forget. Daughters never forgive.

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.

"Dazzling, dark and utterly delicious"--J. P. Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

"One of the most captivating and disturbing thrillers I've read this year. An astonishing debut"--Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780593100066
  • ISBN-10: 0593100069
  • Publisher: Berkley Books
  • Publish Date: March 2020
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Darling Rose Gold

Stephanie Wrobel’s compulsively readable debut, Darling Rose Gold, explores Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP), a psychological disorder in which a child’s caregiver, often the mother, seeks to gain attention from the medical community for made-up symptoms of the child in her care.

Earlier novels about this rare phenomenon focus on the modes of abuse the mother employs to gain attention, like starvation or putting ipecac in her child’s food to induce vomiting. Wrobel instead begins her eerie tale when Patty Watts is about to be released from prison after serving five years for aggravated child abuse. The reader learns the details of what Patty did to her daughter, Rose Gold, only in flashback chapters: “By the time I was ten,” Rose Gold remembers, “I’d had ear and feeding tubes, tooth decay, and a shaved head. I needed a wheelchair. . . . I’d had cancer scares, brain damage scares, tuberculosis scares.” Despite finally realizing that her own mother was the cause of all her suffering, Rose Gold still has ambivalent feelings about her mother’s sentencing and imprisonment: “Some days I was thrilled. Some days I felt like a vital organ was missing.”

The rippling effects of Rose Gold’s horrific childhood build up over the five years she’s on her own, until she’s 23 and the need for revenge begins to take hold. After Patty is released, their small town’s inhabitants are amazed to hear that Rose Gold has taken her mother into her own home—and even lets her care for her newborn son.

Wrobel explores this bizarre mother-daughter relationship in chapters that alternate between each woman’s point of view, both past and present. Each woman displays Jekyll and Hyde-style personalities, and the reader is kept guessing about which one will emerge the stronger. 

This creepy psychological thriller is sure to be enjoyed by those who devoured Gone Girl, Girl on the Train and domestic thrillers from authors like Megan Abbott and JP Delaney.

 

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