Darling Rose Gold - Stephanie Wrobel

SYNOPSIS⇢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.

 

THE KEY POINTS OF THE STORY⇣

 

⬥DYSFUNCTIONAL MOTHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP

⬥ACTUALLY WAY BEYOND DYSFUNCTIONAL

⬥SLOW-BURN PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

⬥MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME BY PROXY

 

STATS⇣

 

BOOK COVER⇢ This cover is perfect for the story.

SETTING⇢ Deadwick, Illinois

SOURCE⇢ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

eBOOK LENGTH⇢ 320 Pages

AUTHORS WEBSITE LINK⇢ Stephanie Wrobel

 

 

MY THOUGHTS⇣

 

A part of me loved the way this played out and another part of me was exceptionally bored...at least until the last 20%.   More of a slow-burn psychological thriller.  My feelings ranged from sad to disturbed to anger to huh, no shit...I can't believe she did that.

 

This book feels both well written and well researched.  The characters are fleshed out terrifically, the story feels horrifyingly real, even.  Some writers engage a reader right from the beginning and others not so much.  Maybe, though, this author will get there someday.  I feel she has the potential to do so.  

 

MY RATING 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

BREAKDOWN⇣

Plot⇢ 4/5

Characters⇢ 4.3/5

The Feels⇢ 3.7/5

Pacing⇢ 3.5/5

Addictiveness⇢ 3.8/5

Theme or Tone⇢ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5

Originality⇢ 4.3/5

Ending⇢ 4/5