April 2020 Indie Next List
“Rose Gold’s mother is being released from prison and has asked her daughter for temporary shelter. Despite having been the target of her mother’s abuse, Rose Gold decides to give it a try. Has she really forgiven her mother for past crimes? This is a roller coaster of a story! Loved it!”
— Marcia Vanderford, Vanderford's Books & Office Products, Sandpoint, ID
Mothers never forget. Daughters never forgive. In her compulsive, sharply-drawn debut, Stephanie Wrobel peels back the layers of the most complicated of mother-daughter relationships.
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. "Sensationally good - two complex characters power the story like a nuclear reaction..."--Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Blue Moon "Dazzling, dark and utterly delicious"--J P Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before
"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