#BOOKREVIEW THE RECOVERY OF ROSE GOLD by STEPHANIE WROBEL

ABOUT THE BOOK

A chilling exploration into obsession, reconciliation and revenge in 2020’s must-read.
Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years. She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair . . .


Turns out her mum, Patty, is a really good liar.


After five years in prison Patty Watts is finally free. All she wants is to put old grievances behind her, reconcile with her daughter and care for her new infant grandson. When Rose Gold agrees to have Patty move in, it seems their relationship is truly on the mend.
But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty won’t rest until she has her daughter back under her thumb. Which is a smidge inconvenient because Rose Gold wants to be free of Patty. Forever.
Only one Watts will get what she wants.
Will it be Patty or Rose Gold.
Mother, or daughter?


PUBLISHED BY MICHAEL JOSEPH

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon
Goldsboro Books – signed edition
hive.co.uk


MY REVIEW

One of the most disturbing, twisted, compelling books I’ve ever read – and I loved every single minute of it!! It explores the relationship – if you can call it that! – between mother and daughter and a long history of abuse and control issues, all wrapped up under the cloak of ‘love’ and showing just how that affects those involved. Prepare yourself for very mixed emotions reading this book!

It’s difficult to know how to review this without giving too much away, but we join the story as the mother – Patty – is being released from jail, where’s she’s been serving a sentence for abuse as her daughter – Rose – has lived her life believing she was very sick, but found out not to have anything wrong with her. What did the mother do to her? And why? But it appears Rose has forgiven her mother for all that she did to her and is waiting for her mother as she’s released and wants to help with her rehabilitation.

What follows is a twisty tale of wondering just who is in control in this relationship – has the mother changed her ways and wants to make things right? Has Rose really moved on especially now that she’s a mother herself so can understand just how much that bond between mother and child is so overwhelming, that even when you’re doing wrong you think you’re only doing the best for that person?

I loved the different aspects and the examination of the family relationship over the years. We get to look back over the childhood of Rose, and see how she’s coping in the world now as a mother, and also get to see life from the point of view of Patty and how motherhood brought out her anxieties and how prison life has maybe affected her mind. With young Adam being the centre of both of these womens’ world now, there’s a very disturbing feeling that you get reading about these women and their past experiences are shaping their outlook on care – for themselves and those around them.

This book isn’t for everyone! But if you like your characters a little darker and a storyline that will shock you then I highly recommend it!!


★★★★

#BookReview VIOLET by SJI HOLLIDAY #LibraryLoveChallenge

ABOUT THE BOOK

When two strangers end up sharing a cabin on the Trans-Siberian Express, an intense friendship develops, one that can only have one ending … a nerve-shattering psychological thriller from bestselling author SJI Holliday

Carrie’s best friend has an accident and can no longer make the round-the-world trip they’d planned together, so Carrie decides to go it alone.

Violet is also travelling alone, after splitting up with her boyfriend in Thailand. She is also desperate for a ticket on the Trans-Siberian Express, but there is nothing available.

When the two women meet in a Beijing Hotel, Carrie makes the impulsive decision to invite Violet to take her best friend’s place.

Thrown together in a strange country, and the cramped cabin of the train, the women soon form a bond. But as the journey continues, through Mongolia and into Russia, things start to unravel – because one of these women is not who she claims to be…

A tense and twisted psychological thriller about obsession, manipulation and toxic friendships, Violet also reminds us that there’s a reason why mother told us not to talk to strangers..

published by Orenda Books

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

hive.co.uk

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MY REVIEW

Seeing these characters evolve and show their true colours throughout this book has been the icing on the cake for me in this very twisted thriller, and although it might have put me off ever going off on back packing holiday on the Trans-Siberian express, I’ve loved every single minute I spent on this ‘journey’!!

Carrie is travelling alone around the world and has a spare ticket for the Trans-Siberian Express, so when she meets Violet, another lone traveller, it seems that fate has brought them together. They seem to share the same sense of humour and outlook on life so it seems the perfect plan for both of them! But what should be the perfect trip soon turns to something a wole lot more sinister and that darkness kept me turning the pages to discover just how twisted the outcome would be!

We get to see the emails that Carrie sends to her friend Laura back home, telling her of the experiences she’s having and the new friend she has met along the way. And Violet just seems besotted with her first impressions of Carrie – she seems to have that kind of ‘can do’ attitude that rubs off on all those around her, and even when some of the stops along the way aren’t what Violet imagined Carrie being part of, she goes along with it and there are many very’ interesting’ experiences and characters that they meet along the way!

And then it all starts getting messy! You get drawn in by the darker thoughts that Violet seems to have – past experiences and encounters!, and even she becomes a little shocked when Carrie starts to act irresponsibly so you’re never really sure which girl is the worst influence on the other.

As a fly on the wall with these girls, you are really never sure where the story will take you next and the twists along the way were really shocking! The hints and teases of darker thoughts are really cleverly played and just when you think you’re getting a handle on how the story will play out then bang, you’re wrong!!

If you love your thrillers slightly twisted and a little bit messed up, then this is the book for you! Really enjoyed it!

★★★★

The Visitors by Catherine Burns #bookreview

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THE BLURB

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar.

Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden.

As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side

Amazon UK

Hive.co.uk – buy online and support your local bookstore

Book Depository

MY REVIEW

My obsession for reading all things dark and twisted continues, and this ‘experience’ was one of the twisted , unnverving and creepiest I’ve ever had the pleasure (!) to embark on!! If you’re looking for a book full of fluffy, heart melting moments then this is NOT the book for you! But if you’re looking for a book to give you chills, repulse you and be completely disturbing then BUY THIS BOOK!!

The story focuses on Marion who is one of those characters you don’t know whether to feel outright sympathy for, or just lose patience with! Her life has been a hard one living amongst a completely dysfunctional family who treated her like dirt, and there was no escape from her lousy upbringing at school, where she was teased by pupils and teachers alike. But Marion seemed to accept her fate, and found her refuge in her attic bedroom amongst her cuddly toys who were her friends and always there for her.

Since the death of her mother, she has lived in the 6 bedroom home with her domineering, freak of a brother who she is in complete fear of due to his strange and violent behaviour – and is under strict control never to go in the cellar where John keeps ‘the visitors’. This is the start of the chilling side of the story as Marion often hears cries from the cellar but ignores them!! As you do!! I’m so glad I don’t have a cellar

As the story develops, Marion starts to slowly come out of her shell, even with just walking around the town she lives, revisiting an Aunts’ house that she finds up for sale which brings back worrying memories and constructing fantasy lives for herself based on people she meets. But things begin to change more when John has a heart attack and she has to confront her fears in the cellar – it is fascinating how she reacts when she has been so put upon her whole life and now she has an insight into her brothers’ hidden life..

I find it a little disturbing that I enjoyed this book so much!! The characters were strange creatures, and as you looked into their past you could begin to understand how they turned out the way they did!! The Visitors don’t really feature in the book until well past halfway, so that means you get more time delving into Marion and Johns’ upbringing and their outlook on life and people. There are also some fascinating email messages in between certain chapters, which don’t begin to make any sense until towards the end!

A fabulously dark and twisted debut from an author who I will definitely be following for future releases!!

thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the advanced readers copy in return for a fair and honest review.