Darling Rose Gold

Darling Rose Gold

Book - 2020
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"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


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
May 08, 2021

Really interesting twisted ending. I recommend if familiar with the story or the tv show.

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!!!

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at CPL

To Top