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
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
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+
The Feels⇢ 3.7/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Once upon a time, this classic mystery about the disappearance of some schoolgirls and one of their teachers in 1900s Australia had a final chapter that explained the disappearances. Lindsay’s publisher told her to cut it because it ruined the novel’s mystique. And cutting the last chapter turned out to be a stroke of genius. Thanks in part to Lindsay’s enigmatic foreword in which she tells readers to decide for themselves whether the events in the book are fact or fiction, people absolutely obsessed over the mystery. They scoured old newspapers for reports of missing girls and pestered Lindsay for answers to the point where interviewers were asked to avoid the question. She eventually gave the final chapter to her agent with her permission to have it published after her death. Which was a good move on her part. It probably saved her from a ghastly amount of next-level pestering once the answers were out there.
You see, Lindsay’s agent did publish the final chapter after her death, and I have to agree with the publisher who cut it. It 100% ruins the story in a serious “I know it was the sixties, but what was this woman smoking?” kind of way. So yay for the publisher. Pat on the back.
On the other hand, not all of the clues that tied in with that what-was-she-smoking ending were edited out, making it obvious that the real ending was cut. The book didn’t feel open-ended so much as it felt unfinished. So once again I find myself finishing a classic and finding it an okay book while being much more fascinated and satisfied by the story behind the story.
The villains are female in this one, so that was a nice change.
I'm starting to question Nameless' mission. When does it stop being poetic justice and turn into vigilantism? Yes, the bad guys, (and gals now), are nasty people, but when you have a mysterious, rich, secret and powerful group, (like those who fund and guide Nameless), they can do whatever they want to whomever they want and whenever they want. I think that's a dangerous road to follow.
The narration is excellent throughout this series and even though it's not knocking my socks off, it was a free series, (with Prime) and I am interested enough to continue.
This book was whacky with too many random things going on at once. The author managed somehow to make the ending a plausible one, but the whole story and its twist and turns was a bit too much for me.
Since I cannot make up my mind whether I liked it or not, I´m giving this three stars in my final rating.
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