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Darling Rose Gold
“Rose Gold Watts was told that she was sick. She was told she was allergic to everything, that she needed a feeding tube, that she needed a wheelchair. Rather, Rose Gold was a victim at the hands of her own mother. Her mother was sentenced to five years for the abuse Rose Gold suffered. And Rose Gold was the key witness in the trial. But now Patty has served her time. Patty is ready to start again and ready to mend her relationship with Rose Gold. And Rose Gold seems open to healing their relationship as well. But what Patty doesn't know is that Rose Gold has changed. From the moment Rose Gold arrives to pick Patty up from jail, the mother isn't sure where she stands with her daughter. And neither is the reader! The story alternates between Patty's perspective as she's getting out of jail and Rose Gold's perspective beginning when her mother begins serving her sentence. And while I don't want to give too much away, I will say that Rose Gold's evolution is an interesting one. She's been under her mother's control for so long, she's essentially been locked into a permanent childhood. But of course, being raised under questionable circumstances is going to have an impact!I loved the push and pull between Patty and Rose Gold. Patty thinks things are going to go back to normal. She never really does admit she's done anything to Rose Gold, so the normal she expects is basically a daughter who will cow to her and be her best friend again. And Rose Gold herself is a mom now, so Patty not only has to mend her relationship with her daughter, she has a grandson in the mix too. I was able to avoid any spoilers on this one even though ARCs started going out this past fall. I want to make sure I give you the same chance in your reading. Hopefully I've piqued your interest without ruining anything, because this is such a fabulous one to dive into that way! I had the chance to alternate between the physical book and the audio (which gives me a chance to read even when I can't actually read!) and I highly recommend the latter if you're an audiobook listener. Narrators Megan Dodds and Jill Winternitz do a really wonderful job of giving voices to Patty and Rose Gold.”Becky, BookBar
A dark, shocking, and unputdownable thriller debut about a mother and daughter—and the lengths to which a daughter will go to find independence.
There is always a special bond between mothers and daughters—but sometimes it goes horribly wrong.
For eighteen years, Rose Gold believed she was chronically sick. She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, and the wheelchair. She thought her mother, Patty, was her guardian angel. Turns out her mom is just a really good liar.
Patty was sentenced to five years in prison for mistreating Rose Gold as a child. When Patty gets out, Rose Gold, now a grown woman, decides her mother has paid her dues and invites Patty to move in with her. After all, Rose Gold is a mother herself now. She has a beautiful baby boy, so she understands how tough parenting can be. And Patty claims all she wants is to reconcile with her daughter and help care for her brand-new grandson.
But Rose Gold knows her mother so very well. Patty won’t rest until she has her darling Rose Gold back under her thumb. Which is a smidge inconvenient because Rose Gold wants to be free of Patty forever.
Who will get her way? Mother or daughter?
And in the end, what will that mean?
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