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The Rose Petal Beach

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,896 ratings  ·  396 reviews
Every love story has a dangerous twist.

Tamia Challey is horrified when her husband, Scott, is accused of something terrible – but when she discovers who his accuser is, everything goes into freefall. Backed into a corner and unsure what to think, Tamia is forced to choose who she instinctively believes. But this choice has dire consequences for all concerned, especially w
Hardcover, 549 pages
Published August 30th 2012 by Quercus (first published 2012)
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I have read all of Dorothy Koomson's books and in all honesty have loved all of them. They may have very beautiful covers, but don't let them fool you people. Hidden behind those beautiful covers lies a well constructed book that is far from beautiful and in the case of her latest book the story is almost sinister. Dorothy's books may well be categorised into Women's fiction, but this almost has a Suspense feel to it and the only way I can describe it is that it was just as gripping as a Kern Ro ...more
Vera Neves

Há autores que nos marcam pela intensidade da sua escrita, pela forma como nos agarram em cada livro. Para mim, Dorothy Koomson é sinónimo de não precisar de ler a sinopse para querer ler os seus livros.
A capa deste A Praia das Pétalas de Rosa é soberba e, de uma forma mágica, adensa o mistério que envolve a própria lenda. Envolveu-me por completo.
As mais de quinhentas páginas foram percorridas num só dia, tal era a ânsia de conhecer o desfecho.
O facto de o final ser deveras surpreendente foi
Jennifer Joyce
I'm a huge fan of Dorothy Koomson and, despite only discovering her wonderful books last year, she is one of my favourite authors and The Rose Petal Beach is another example of why. Dorothy Koomson's writing is exquisite, seemingly simple and flowing yet powerful, bringing the reader into the very centre of her characters' lives. I always feel as though I am there, feeling every emotion they are going through. Her characters are complex - nobody is perfect or bad to the core - but that only make ...more
I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Rose Petal Beach. The blurb above doesn’t give an awful lot away as to the subject matter and I’m going to resist from revealing any spoilers throughout my review so as not to ruin it when (not if) you read it.

I’ve been a fan of Dorothy Koomson’s novels since a friend sent me Goodnight, Beautiful several years ago and I read The Ice Cream Girls shortly afterwards. Since then I’ve read all but one of Dorothy Koomson’s releases and they’ve all been amazing.

I w
Na minha opinião, existem poucas autoras que conseguem transmitir tão bem os sentimentos e emoções como Dorothy Koomson. Quando pego num livro desta autora, já sei à partida que é uma aposta ganha: vou gostar da história, vou criar empatia com as personagens e vou ter material para pensar e analisar sobre diferentes prismas. A única coisa que altera é o nível a que isso acontece.

A Praia das Pétalas de Rosa é o mais recente livro da autora e foi o que mais mexeu comigo: houve partes em que me sen
Tempo de Ler
Portanto, estou eu debruçada sobre um puzzle, muito atenta e a sentir-me bastante competente por ter conseguido encaixar a maioria das peças quando chega Dorothy e não só embaralha, sem misericórdia, as minhas pecinhas todas (!) como ainda me diz, malvada e presunçosa, que tem estado a manter outras tantas peças escondidas no bolso... E não é a primeira vez que me faz isto...!


Não tenho dúvidas em relação ao talento de Dorothy Koomson como escritora. Atenta e competente na construção dos se
Dorothy Koomson é mestre no romance. Criadora de personagens fortes e marcantes, Koomson foi ainda mais além neste "a praia das pétalas de rosa", porque introduziu o suspense, com a suspeita de vários crimes que me fascinaram ainda mais.

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I have enjoyed every single book I have read by Dorothy Koomson. I also enjoyed this one but I had some problems with it. I had problems with oversimplifications and absurd generalizations (every man who watches porn is a traitorous pig). I had problems with almost every character, to be honest. Tamia and her passive-agressive shit instead of just recognizing that she wed someone she really didn't know. Beatrix, because her selfishness is something that makes me want to throw up. Scott, just BEC ...more
I honestly didn't finish this book, that's the first thing I should say. It was laboured, derivative and most of all boring. I was rleucatnt to pick this up as it looked like plain old chick lit to me, and not too interesting eiother but having been drawn in to the Ice Cream Girls on the tv recently thought I'd try out the books as they generally tend to be better. Well I was wrong.The book didn't seem to know what it was, belaboured too much the issue of race beteen the main characters and had ...more
Este é o quarto livro que leio de Dorothy Koomson.
Não há um único até agora que não tenha gostado, são sempre histórias envolventes e esta autora, conquista pela sua escrita e pela sua simpatia (Já a conheci pessoalmente).

No entanto, este livro, é o meu favorito.
Se tenho dado sem variar 4 estrelas aos que li anteriormente, este, conquista-me e retira de mim as 5 estrelinhas, passando a livro favorito para mim.

Começando pela personagem Tami e acabando em Mirabelle, não sei de qual eu gosto mais
This was a very tense and quite difficult read in some parts.

Narrated in turn by several different women - 3 of them best friends.
Tamia kicks off the story as police enter her home and in front of her 2 young daughters arrest her husband for a crime so bad they won't even speak it aloud in front of the children, Tamia remains the main narrator and common thread throughout the book.

The second female narrator is Mirabelle, Tamias good friend, neighbour, running companion and workmate of her husban
Dorothy Koomson is a really good writer. I was drawn into this book within a few chapters and could not put it down.

I generally don't like POV novels and the fact that the various narrators in this story are unreliable was a bit frustrating but I enjoyed this book enough to seek out more of Koomson's books.

The pros for me are the previously mentioned readability of the work and the relatable characters. Koomston's descriptions of the internal struggles of a former professional woman who gives
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I expected to love this book before I even started it, simply because I love Dorothy Koomson and generally think she can do no wrong. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s been a long time since a book has grabbed me so much that I couldn’t put it down.

The Rose Petal Beach begins when Tamia Challey opens the door to a couple of police officers, who immediately walk in and arrest her husband, Scott. Scott has been accused of a horrible crime, and things soon get worse when Ta
Mere minutes ago I set down my iPad, sighed, then turned on my laptop to write this review with my head still buzzing with Dorothy Koomson's latest novel.

I love Dorothy's books. She is one of my favorite authors if not the favorite. I love her jumbled up story line where points in the story go back and forth in time. I love her realistic scenarios and even more realistic endings. No sappy endings in Dorothy's books. The last book I read was in February 2011 and I stumbled upon it by mistake in D
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Myself, and my Nan are huge fans of Dorothy Koomson, so I was very excited when a copy of her latest book The Rose Petal Beach arrived in the post! Actually, I think my Nan was more excited than I was, she tore off the packaging and practically started reading it on the spot!

I must say firstly, the cover is STUNNING!!! I was very intrigued by it, and I absolutely loved how there was a story and background to The Rose Petal Beach. I love little tales and old stories and the story of The Rose Peta
Vanessa Santos
I can’t remember the last time I was ever this divided by a book. I don’t think any has ever offered such a ride, filled with more ups and downs than a rollercoaster. Not in a good way.

I started off loving it. I couldn’t put it down, I was hooked. But then it took a turn and I had to force myself to keep reading. Then it would change again – on and on and on until the very last page. The middle was the worst for me, it was a big struggle to read even a single page. The characters, and their acti
Tami, uma mulher de 36 anos, deixou a casa dos pais para viver sozinha, depois de os decepcionar pela escolha de não querer ir para a universidade. Casa-se com Scott Challey, que vem de uma família com má fama entre a vizinhança, tem duas filhas e a sua vida está prestes a começar, quando o seu marido é preso em frente às filhas na própria casa...sem saber a razão para a sua detenção.

Foi uma surpresa muito boa ler este livro. Tinha algumas expetativas em relação a este livro pois tem tido muita
This book really had me guessing the entire time. Behind every new page, there laid a new clue as to how the life of Tamia Challey had turned into a complete and utter mess. The story begins with an arrest and there starts the journey into the lives of Tamia, her family and friends. Tamia is one of the most likable characters I have come across in a some time. She seems genuinely real, with ambitions, flaws, and regrets. However, all the other characters I rather despise. This story made me thin ...more
Laura Smith
I'venot read any Dorothy Koomson novels before so can't judge this against her previous books but I have to say that following The Rose Petal Beach I'm really keen to see what her other books have to offer.

The story begins when Tamia Challey opens her front door and finds police officers coming to arrest her husband for a crime he doesn't seem surprised about. Suddenly her world goes into freefall and she's left questioning everything about her husband, their life together and her friends around
Paula pccst
Dorothy Koomson é uma das minhas escritoras favoritas! Li quase todos os seus livros e cada vez que surge um novo lançamento eu corro logo a lê-lo. Sei sempre, de antemão, que será uma leitura bastante agradável.
Neste novo livro, "A Praia das Pétalas de Rosa" encontramos um enredo bastante interessante e que nos agarra do princípio ao fim sem a menor dificuldade.
Mal começamos a ter conhecimento das personagens (que neste livro são poucas, mas boas), vamos criando preferências e afeição.
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Dorothy Koomson is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, and this is definitely the best of the four books I've read by her (though the others were marvellous too!). I think the thing about her books is that on the surface they look quite light and fluffy - the covers are always very pretty and girly and this one is no exception. And while her books initially masquerade as chick lit they are actually much more thoughtful and deep and thought-provoking, and never fail to touch me in some way ...more
Hotly anticipated by all Dorothy Koomson fans, The Rose Petal Beach revolves around the fact that no matter how well you think you know someone, you’ll never truly know who they are and what they’re capable of. This is a dark story that tackles some tough issues, which are sure to push a few readers’ buttons, and depicts just how people react when they are pushed to the brink.

Narrated in true Koomson-style – jumping between the main characters in the past and the present – secrets and pieces of
I wouldn't read this for the quality of the writing (which is just ok), but I struggled to put it down, so it's worth 4 stars.

This is kind of a crime/mystery novel that deals mostly with the relationships between all the characters, in a Jodie-Picoult-esque style, except I enjoyed it far more than Jodie Picoults books.

The story primarily follows Tamia Challey, whose husband is accused of the rape of her best friend. There are layers in this story, including assault, pornography addiction, love
C.S. Morgan
This is a fantastic book: brilliant characters, great writing, each page a joy. This could've been a simple whodunnit, but with Dorothy's skill it became so much more.

The story jumps around, revealing the past of each of the characters, tying it in with the events of the day to give more twists and turns than a network of rabbit warrens.

I was slightly disappointed with the ending, it did feel like a bit of a cop out, but it didn't diminish the pleasure of the rest of the book.

Highly recommended,
♥ Marlene♥
Well, I love Dorothy Koomson's books and did not een realize this book was published till I accidently stumbled upon it and immediately had to have it.
So glad cause it was a real ride. Not a ride where there is a lot of action. Her books are more emotional rides and she is also very good at describing the relationships of various people. Tt feels like you are there, or even are one of them. This one was no exception and I am sure I will buy her next book.
I've read a few of Koomson's books over the past few years and I really have enjoyed them on the whole (The Ice Cream Girls would have to be her best novel IMO). But this was a disappointment for me.

However at the start of this novel, I was gripped once again to the plot and the double narrative style Koomson created with the characters of Tamia and Beatrix and getting the background and information that we need as readers that sets up the rest of the book.

The first half of the book was what w
I had not read a Dorothy Koomson book before. This is an amazing book. A psychological and emotional thriller which had you going in one direction then something would happen and it had you going in another direction. The narrative told by different characters was brilliant. The writing do descriptive and just flowed. I really can't recommend this book enough. The cover of the book is stunning too. I am now going to track down more of her books.
Não estava nada à espera do final do livro... Além disso a forma como a autora escreve é cativante.
This was completely different from what I usually read and I really enjoyed it. It was told from a different angle than I'm used to and although you are thinking "who dunnit?", it's not really about that. It was really interesting and definitely worth a read if you like this genre or you fancy a change.
Sucked me in at the start, purchased & so very dissapointed, too many holes in the story & too much waffling on unneccesarily about random incidents, & repeating stuff. I was left totally deflated :-/
I not interested inreading about gay stuff n nonsence. had I known I would have NOT PURCHASED.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 24, 2015 05:36PM  
  • A Twist of Fate
  • Bonkers
  • What Have I Done? (No Greater Love #2)
  • Stranded
  • Inverno de Sombras
  • Ten Years On
  • The Making of Us
  • The Secrets Between Us
  • Forgive Me
  • Summer With My Sister
  • The Woman Before Me
  • Dying For Christmas
  • Alma Rebelde
  • Yours Truly
  • Stop the Clock
  • Babies in Waiting
  • The Son-in-Law
  • The Cry
Hello, my name's Dorothy Koomson and I'll try to make this bit that's all about me as interesting as possible.
I wrote my first novel called There's A Thin Line Between Love And Hate when I was 13. I used to write a chapter every night then pass it around to my fellow convent school pupils every morning, and they seemed to love it.

I grew up in London and then grew up again in Leeds when I went to u
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“I'd spent so long trying to fit in,trying to be someone i wasn't,that i had no idea who i was any more.” 16 likes
“The thing I am most afraid of is love. When you say you love someone you are giving them license to hurt you.” 10 likes
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