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.
Stephanie Wrobel has an MFA from Emerson College and has had short fiction published in the Bellevue Literary Review. Before turning to fiction, she worked as a creative copywriter at various advertising agencies. Stephanie grew up in Chicago, Illinois, but now lives in the UK with her husband and her dog, Moose Barkwinkle. Visit her on StephanieWrobel.com and connect with her on Twitter @StephWrobel and Instagram @StephanieWrobel.
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"Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train . . . set to be next year's biggest thriller." — Stylist
“Sure to be one of the most unique books of the new year.” — Newsweek
"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 Mine and Still Water
“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
“Takes twisted mum and daughter relationships to a whole new level. Think Misery meets Sharp Objects.” — CJ TUDOR, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man
“Wrobel writes a fascinating and thrilling debut that looks deeply into the complicated reasons a mother and daughter choose to hurt each other. A psychological twister that had me completely captivated until the end.” — DIANE LES BESCQUETS, bestselling author Breaking Wild and The Last Woman in the Forest
“If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers then this inventive debut will quickly find its creepy way into your heart. . . . The relationship between mother and daughter is fraught with deceit—and that’s only the beginning.” — Canadian Living