Review: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel


Release date: March 17, 2020

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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. 


I know many of us have been on a search for the next five star thriller as of late and hallelujah you guys DRG is it! This one was dark, twisted and disturbing which is just how I like my thrillers and I could not get enough of this one.

You hear from Patty in the present as she’s being released from prison and Rose Gold in the past and I was equally hooked on both timelines. Munchausen by proxy is something that has always simultaneously fascinated and sickened me and that’s basically how I felt reading this book but I mean that in the best possible way. These two are both seriously psychologically damaged people and the author developed their characters in a manner that blew me away. It’s a seriously impressive debut and a highly compulsive read that I highly recommend if you like your thrillers super dark.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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