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A dark, shocking, and unputdownable thriller debut about a mother and daughter—and the lengths to which a daughter will go to find independence.

Nobody wants to hear the truth from a liar.”

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.

About The Author

Photograph by Simon Way

Stephanie Wrobel is the author of Darling Rose Gold, a USA TODAY and international bestseller that has sold in twenty-one countries and was shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Wrobel grew up in Chicago and now lives in London. This Might Hurt is her second novel. Visit her at and connect with her on Twitter @StephWrobel and Instagram @StephanieWrobel.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 17, 2020)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982135058

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“You will find this twisty portrayal of betrayal, brokenness, and reckoning utterly fascinating.”
The Globe and Mail

“Wrobel is a fine writer whose two peculiar protagonists are rendered with empathy, plausibility, and flashes of acid humour.”
Toronto Star

Darling Rose Gold is an absolutely brilliant book; funny, dark, authentic and a total page turner. I loved it.”
LISA JEWELL, bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

“Two extraordinary narrators drive the nail-biting action in this sensational, compulsively readable debut. A tour de force of captivating psychological suspense.”
— GILLY MACMILLAN, New York Times bestselling author of I Know You Know

“It’s rare for something genuinely fresh to come along in this genre, but this book has it all—a killer premise, twisty plotting, crisp writing and compelling characters. Dazzling, dark and utterly delicious.”
JP DELANEY, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

Sensationally good—two complex characters power the story like a nuclear reaction, and won’t let you forget them. Wrobel is one to watch.”
LEE CHILD, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“I inhaled this book. Darling Rose Gold delves so deep into family dysfunction that we are left gasping as the last pages turn. Compelling, intriguing, beautifully written and paced like a roller coaster ride, cancel all your plans when you pick up this terrific book.”
LIZ NUGENT, bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver and Lying in Wait

“A twisty and darkly entertaining read.”
— AMY STUART, #1 bestselling author of Still Here

“An original, stunning debut! Masterful crafting of a split time-frame and utterly compelling characters will hook readers from the very first page until they finally learn the truth hiding within this chilling mother-daughter relationship. An intelligent, beguiling read that should be at the top of every reader’s list.”
— WENDY WALKER, author of The Night Before

“I absolutely devoured Darling Rose Gold! . . . I couldn’t get enough of Patti and Rose Gold, alternating my opinion of them at the same speed that I was turning the pages! A fabulous read!”
— SANDIE JONES, author of Reese Witherspoon book club pick The Other Woman

“One of the most captivating and disturbing thrillers I've read this year. An astonishing debut.”
SAMANTHA DOWNING, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

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