Thursday, May 14, 2020

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel - OPTIONAL

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel, 320 pages. Berkley, 2020. $26.

Language: R (50 swears, 10 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



Five years have passed since Patty Watts was put behind bars on charges for aggravated child abuse of her daughter, Rose Gold. Patty still claims innocence, wanting nothing more than to reconcile with Rose Gold. Rose Gold has only ever been able to rely on her mother; should she give Patty another chance?

Reading Rose Gold’s story was painful and sad, like watching a train wreck, and I was ready to put it down and avoid the wreckage a quarter of the way into the book. While the story was hard for me to read, Wrobel wrote it well. Wrobel flips her readers back and forth through time and points of view to invite readers to reach their own conclusions without taking away from the big reveal at the end. As all the questions I had were answered, I couldn’t decide if I was more satisfied or flabbergasted by the conclusion. The mature content rating is for drug and alcohol abuse and illegal activity; the violence rating is for child abuse, self harm, and suicide.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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