I’ve waited so long to post this review. As requested, I held off until closer to publication. I’ve wanted to share it so bad. Everyone needs to read this book!!!
The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel or Darling Rose Gold if you’re in the US.
Thank you to Penguin UK – Michael Joseph and the author for an advanced readers copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Rose Gold (yes that is her name) has had a very difficult childhood filled with illness and confinement from her peers and the world. Her mother Patty was her care giver, guardian and unfortunately, her poisoner. Patty had been poisoning her daughter from a young age in order to keep control. Patty is subsequently imprisoned for her heinous crimes but when she is released five years later, it is Rose Gold who is there to collect her at the prison gates. Can mother and daughter rebuild their relationship?
General Thoughts 🤔
Wow. That’s all I have to say to start off with.
As soon as I read the blurb for this book I knew it was going to be right up my street and I was 100% right. I could not put this book down. As soon as I had started I was in, hook, line and sinker. It’s sick and twisted and cray cray and bizarre and everything that I love to read about. Just when you think it can’t get any more psychotic, it does and you turn those pages and quicker and quicker and quicker.
The story is all about Rose Gold and Patty. There are characters on the periphery but they are for sure there just to support the story. In all honesty, neither Rose Gold or Patty are likeable character but my word are they fantastic characters to read.
Patty is one sick lady. Not only has she committed crimes that would turn the stomach of most people and against her own daughter, she is in complete denial about it.
Rose Gold is a product of her upbringing. How anyone could go through what she did as a child and turn out a model citizen, I’m not quite sure. However this girl is one on her own and she takes scorned to a whole other level. That said, out of the two, Rose Gold was the only one I had sympathy for.
Writing Style ✍🏽
The book is written from the perspective of both mother and daughter in alternating chapters. The chapters also jump around in timeline between Patty’s time in prison and post-release. Hats off to Stephanie Wrobel because managing two characters perspectives and a jumbled timeline can’t be easy to write but it came off perfectly.
I loved the voices of both characters. Both Patty and Rose Gold seemed flat and cold to me with very little emotion within either character. Ordinarily I think that would make for uninteresting reading, but with this book, it just works.
Stephanie Wrobel; I don’t know where you came up with this story, your mind must hold some crazy crazy stuff. Thank you for sharing with the world!! Us crazies love it.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
If you’ve gotten this far in reading this review you won’t be surprised by my scoring. I adored this book and I haven’t read anything quite like it in a long time. The sicker the better for me and this book is sick. I’m expecting to see this book do exceptionally well in 2020 and I’ll be recommending it to anyone that will listen to me.
Release Date: 5th March, 2020