Darling Rose Gold- Published 2020
“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 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 begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes. And Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…
And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.” – Goodreads
WHAT DID I JUST READ?!
Patty is just getting out of prison, where she’s been for the last several years for abusing her daughter, Rose Gold. Despite having poisoned her, shaved her head, and led her to believe she needed a wheelchair, Patty still believes herself to be innocent. Rose Gold agrees to repair their broken relationship now that her mom is out of prison, but can she really forgive and forget?
WHOA. This one has so many twists and turns that I did not see coming. I actually almost DNF this was one, because both Patty and Rose Gold are deeply troubled and hard to like. Even though I didn’t like either one of them, and even though this book is pretty dark and twisted, it’s written 𝘀𝗼 well. It’s addicting, thrilling and shocking. I went into this one blind, having no idea it was a psychological thriller.
This is another one of those books where you aren’t sure if it’s okay to like it, if that makes any sense. Can a book about abusing your child to make her sick so that you can take care of her be good? Even after years in prison, Patty is still trying to control and manipulate her daughter. But this time Rose Gold is healthy enough to take care of herself.
Despite its dark plot line, this is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. I am glad I didn’t give up!
TW: abuse, neglect, suicide, danger to a baby