Darling Rose Gold
by Stephanie Wrobel

Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Stephanie Wrobel for a free electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review!

This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and it did NOT disappoint!

Stephanie Wrobel’s debut novel Darling Rose Gold is a sinister psychological suspense that explores the twisted, dysfunctional and manipulative relationship between a mother and daughter—Patty Watts and Rose Gold.

The book opens from Patty’s perspective, on the day of her release from prison—after serving a five-year sentence for being convicted of poisoning her daughter for the majority of her life. Upon her mother’s release, Rose Gold is seemingly willing to let their relationship start over as she decides to let her mother live with her until she can get back on her feet. The book continues in alternating points of view, from the past (Rose Gold) and present (Patty), to let us know all of the things that have happened within the five years that Patty was sitting in prison and Rose Gold was out all on her own. As these dual perspectives unfold, we learn of Rose Gold’s relationship with her father (and his second family) as well as Patty’s own abusive upbringing and dark family secrets. These alternating perspectives lead to an ending that is bound to shock readers!

Even though many parts were hard to read because of the subject involving a mother deliberately poisoning her own child (and knowing that this book is based off of a real-life situation), this book was excellent and completely binge-worthy. It pulled me in from page one and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen. This book had me completely hooked and could not have come at a better time!

This book was published on March 17, 2020.

Check out more of the plot below! ↓


ABOUT DARLING ROSE GOLD:

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 book has it all—a killer premise, twisty plotting, crisp writing, and compelling characters. Dazzling, dark and utterly delicious.

— JP Delany


OTHER INFORMATION:

This book is inspired by the real-life Dee Dee Blanchard and Gypsy Rose Blanchard murder, which first came to my attention in a podcast episode of My Favorite Murder, hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.

You can listen to that episode on Spotify here.

There is also an American true crime drama television series that premiered on March 20, 2019, on Hulu, featuring this same case.

You can read up on the series here.

And, you can read up on the real-life murder here.

Summary

Even though many parts were hard to read because of the subject involving a mother deliberately poisoning her own child (and knowing that this book is based off of a real-life situation), this book was excellent and completely binge-worthy. It pulled me in from page one and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen. This book had me completely hooked and could not have come at a better time!

— Rebekah Dolmat
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