Darling Rose Gold

Darling Rose Gold

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"In her compulsive, sharply-drawn debut, Stephanie Wrobel peels back the layers of the most complicated of mother-daughter relationships. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780593100066
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 07, 2021

A fun thriller with a unique premise.

cmlibrary_melliott Sep 14, 2020

This story of a mother who gets sent to prison for keeping her daughter sick during most of her childhood is definitely a page-turner. Jumping back and forth from the mother's perspective to the daughter's, the reader gets a good look into the struggles and motives of both. The real question is: can either of them move away from the past that haunts them... and do they want to?

Sep 06, 2020

I was expecting this book to take twist and turns an be on the darker side I definitely didnt get that it was more or less about a mother an daughter's jacked up fake relationship. I mean the ending was probably the best part of the book. It wasnt boring it just wasn't where I couldnt put it down?

Sep 01, 2020

More like a 2-1/2 for me. The story skips around to different years so I to keep track of what was happening where I started to keep a list of who was talking in which years. It wasn't that compelling of a story for me so after awhile I stopped doing that--it didn't much matter what happened when. There was no real difference in Rose Gold and Patty's characters but it was clear which was the mother and which was the daughter. By time I got to the end I wasn't sure what the point was although I did like the way Wrobel ended it. Over all I wasn't impressed. Maybe because the two books I read just before this one (New Husband and Playing Nice) were such white knuckle reads. At this point I don't see myself picking up another by Wrobel, not because she's a bad writer but there are books that are more in line with what I consider an outstanding read.

Jul 25, 2020

At first I felt like I was reading the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Blanchard- there are a lot of similarities. But the book took off in a different direction about half way through. A really suspenseful read!

Thegiver Jul 12, 2020

This is a story of Munchausen Syndrome and two broken individuals. The mother, Patty Watts, poisoned her daughter for nearly 2 decades, and the daughter, Rose Gold spent her childhood believing she suffered from an undiagnosable disease. Patty Watts has spent the last 5 years behind bars after being convicted for aggravated child abuse. Rose Gold has been trying to find out who she is and begin her life as an adult. The chapters alternate between mother and daughter with Rose Gold's reflections of the past and Patty forging her way back into a community that no longer trusts her.

I wanted to believe the two would reconcile and find a way to make peace. Instead, the relationship became intriguingly complicated and complex. Who was the victim and who was the villain?

In this psychological debut novel, Wrobel keeps you guessing and anxious to discover the unexpected.

Jul 10, 2020

A psychological thriller with a very unlikeable Mother-Daughter duo taking turns as the narrator. Did the Mother poison her daughter for her entire childhood, or didn’t she? Can the daughter be just as evil has her Mother, or not? This one kept me turning the pages to see how it all played out.

Jul 07, 2020

A readable fictional adaptation of an actual case of child abuse and its consequences. I finished the novel, but can't really say it was enjoyable...

J9isme Jun 27, 2020

Couldn't wait to get to the end to see what happens.....it was not what I thought it would be but even better!!!

ArapahoeJohanna Jun 25, 2020

I picked this up because I was fascinated by the real-life case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, but for me, this was one of those cases where truth was both stranger and more interesting than fiction. There were plenty of twists and turns in this book, but in the end, neither the characters nor the story were compelling enough for me to become emotionally invested in any way. It certainly presents an interesting take on the damage this kind of abuse can inflict on a person and their community, but there wasn't enough depth or realism to suck me in to the story.

Like Gypsy Rose, the titular Rose Gold spent the first two decades of her life believing herself to be chronically ill. Both of their mothers are afflicted with Munchausen Syndrome by proxy, and they use a combination of medical knowledge, poison, and charisma to convince their doctors and their community that their child was suffering from a series of terrible and poorly understood illnesses. Unlike Gypsy Rose, Rose Gold sees her mother sent to prison rather than murdered. The book follows two timelines- Rose Gold's adjustment to adult life free from her abusive mother, and the events following her mother Patty's release from prison after serving her sentence. Neither narrator is particularly reliable or likeable, which doesn't always bother me, but they weren't particularly interesting, either.

I think the greatest struggle with writing a character like Patty is the fact that Munchausen Syndrome by proxy is poorly understood. It's particularly difficult to pin down, as dishonesty and delusion are inherent to the disorder. We don’t understand their internal justifications or motivations, and sufferers don’t provide consistent explanations for their actions. I was hoping this book would provide some insight into the condition, but it felt superficial and artificial. It’s not a terrible book by any means, but it’s not what I was looking for.

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