Thank you to Berkley for sending me a free advanced copy of Darling Rose Gold in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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.
Here’s a little rule of thumb I use to decide how many stars to rate a book: How much did I think about the book when I wasn’t reading it? For the few days that I was reading Darling Rose Gold, I was thinking about it a lot when not reading, I was so compelled by the characters and their story and I just had to know how things were going to unfold. Needless to say, this was a five star read for, me!
With that being said, this story was dark, very dark, with an extremely unhealthy mother-daughter relationship. I liked that the reader knows right off the bat that theirs is a story of Munch Hausen by proxy, rather than building up to it. There are some stories out there already that follow this disturbing mental illness but what makes this take on it different is that the plot follows the aftermath. You get to watch as the mother and daughter make an effort to rebuild their relationship, except neither the mother nor daughter has the most honest of intentions.
Darling Rose Gold is dark, addictive and pleasantly unusual. If you are looking for something a little less basic than most thrillers, you should definitely give this one a try! I highly recommend it!