Title: Darling Rose Gold
Author: Stephanie Wrobel
Publish Date: March 17, 2020
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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.
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."
My Two Cents:
In "Darling Rose Gold," Patty has just gotten out of jail for an alleged case of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy against her very own daughter Rose Gold. Their small community has totally turned again Patty but it is the only place she knows so when she is released, it is where she wants to be. When Rose Gold offers to take Patty into her home, the very same home that Patty grew up in, it seems like the perfect way for Patty to mend to her relationship with Rose Gold and perhaps even rehabilitate her reputation at the same time. In this thriller, old secrets are around every corner and old hurts are hard to fix. The past is merely prologue.
This book is a portrait of a super complicated mother-daughter relationship. In the beginning of the book, I was firmly on the side of one character (I won't tell you as you should make the decision for yourself) and by the end, everything I felt in the beginning was flipped, which I loved. I loved how this book jerked around my emotions.
One of the big factors that led me towards the emotional whiplash I felt throughout the book was due to how drawn in by the characters I was. The story feels ripped from the headlines and both Patty and Rose Gold are exactly the kind of characters that would make good fodder for the tabloids. They are neither 100% good or 100% bad. They are both somewhat sympathetic characters at certain points throughout the book. They both have difficult back stories with a lot of layers that are uncovered throughout the book.
This book had plenty of twists and turns that sucked me in! The book is definitely unsettling but if you're looking for a thriller, this is a solid pick!