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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  460 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Mary Rose Moreland and Simon Blake are the perfect couple: successful young professionals in Philadelphia, attractive, madly in love, and ready to start a life together. When they travel to England for Simon to ask her parents’ permission to marry Mary Rose, he learns an unsettling secret: Mary Rose disappeared when she was a little girl while the family was vacationing on ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Adaptive Books (first published October 17th 2017)
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Jocelyn I would describe the novel as heavier on the suspense/paranormal with a good helping of creepy. It's not gory though (which I'm sensitive about -…moreI would describe the novel as heavier on the suspense/paranormal with a good helping of creepy. It's not gory though (which I'm sensitive about - ick!). I would label this as a Gothic ghost story (more Poe than King). (less)
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Zuky the BookBum
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley, 3-stars
3.5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to think about this book when I first saw the synopsis, I couldn’t tell whether it was going to be a horror or something else. It turned out to be something else.

Going into this book I was impressed with the writing and the building of characters. Both elements really helped set the mysterious, brooding tone that this book portrays.

I began the book enjoying Simon’s character but eventually, like a lot of over-bearing husband characters, he got on my nerves. I understa
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Rachel
This was... fine? I guess? I would not recommend listening to the audiobook. The narrator infuses it with a lot of melodrama and bad accents, and hearing the name 'Mary Rose' spoken aloud approximately eighty-five million times is grating. I don't know. I just felt impatient listening to this. For the fact that about 95% of it was character development, none of the characters were particularly well developed. The 5% of actual story was fine, just not enough to really hold my interest. I'd like t ...more
J.T.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptional gothic thriller. Girard's literary roots shine through, and the dread rises with every turn of the page. Mary Rose will send a true chill down your spine. A haunting, scary, and beautifully written novel.
Dana Wright
If you love old style horror movies or novels you have to read this book.

When a six year old Mary Rose goes missing during an island jaunt with her father, all hell breaks loose. Was she abducted or was there something more sinister and otherworldly at work? The answers aren't any more clear when she reappears more than a month later seemingly in perfect health, remembering nothing of her ordeal.

Fast forward to the present. She and Simon, her betrothed, travel to England to meet the parents. But
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Meet Mary Rose. She's heading back home to England with her boyfriend, Simon, so he can meet her parents and ask for permission to marry their daughter. He knows about her sullen moments and her tendencies to withdraw into herself at times. Upon their arrival, it becomes worse. Soon he finds out she disappeared while vacationing in Scotland for 33 days as a child and came back with no memory. He becomes obsessed in trying to find out what happened so that they can move forward with their lives b ...more
Jennifer Lafferty
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I found out the backstory of this book, originally a play by J.M. Barrie, which Alfred Hitchcock had so desperately wanted to adapt to the big screen, I couldn't wait to read it; and this modern novelized version of this story by Geoffrey Girard, definitely lived up to my expectations. It is a spellbinding mixture of suspense, fantasy and romance. This retelling of the popular story teases at sci-fi, but never completely gives itself over to the genre, which was a relief to me because I fin ...more
Lynette
Feb 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the ending twice; I don’t understand it.
Kwana
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girard kept the classic style of the romantic ghost story very well with modern nods. You want to keep reading although his writing style wasn't as fluid as I prefer, but I realize that is preference. I kept feeling like I could see this better on screen than as a book, and low & behold it's shared, Hitchcock wanted to make this a film. Awesome essay at the back of the book regarding this. All in all an easy read, but shame on the editor for not catching some misspelled words and a few punct ...more
Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
If the dead were to come back, what would you do with them? -- Alfred Hitchcock

This quote is in the opening pages of Mary Rose, and sets the mood for the story. I like spooky ghost-ish paranormal (not vampires, werewolves, etc) so this book was completely my style. Knowing that it tickled Hitchcock's fancy made it even more appealing. (Though I wish I hadn't read the Afterword....too much info about Hitchcock's tendency to be a dirty old man. Gross.)

The story moves pretty slowly and focuses more
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Tammy
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The nitty-gritty: A stylish and atmospheric tale, part ghost story, part psychological thriller, that sneaks up on you slowly.


The creepy mirror was full-size and seemed unnaturally enormous hanging on the wall that way and reflecting only darkness. Framed in antique scrollwork, the glass within was pitch-black, and there was no image beyond the impression of hundreds of dark clouds clumped together in a bleak, lifeless night sky.



Girard’s version of Mary Rose is based on a 1920 play writt
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Stephanie Ward
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I'm at a loss right now about how to review 'Mary Rose'. There were definite pros and cons for me, but my mind is still reeling and trying to process everything that happened and/or possibly happened. That probably doesn't make sense, but if you'll read the book I think you'd get it. I'm just going to break it down so I can keep my thoughts straight.

Pros:

Plot: The plot was incredible. I found it complex and layered and it had so much happening that it still makes my mind spin. But that
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T.M. Smith
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obsession: the state of being obsessed with someone or something...

A little girl goes missing while on vacation in Scotland with her parents. A month later she reappears with no memory of the time she was gone. Decades later, Mary Rose is happy, successful and engaged. When Mary Rose and her fiance Simon travel to England to meet her parents, the uncertainty that shrouded her disappearance all those years ago will be uncovered and the lives of everyone involved will never be the same.

In fact, M
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Lori
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, mystery-crime
Until I started reading this book, I did not realize that it was originally a three act play written by J.M. Barrie in 1920. also found it interesting {in the afterword} that Alfred Hitchcock tried for years to turn this into a movie. Geoffrey Girard turn Mary Rose into a current time book. Mary Rose and Simon want to get married. they are in their 20s and 30s. Simon wants to ask Mary Rose's parents permission to marry their daughter. They travel to England to see her parents. Simon is told very ...more
J. Merwin
I found this book far too cluttered although he's a good writer Girard added so much exteraneous contemporary American lifestyle to it in order to 'throw us off the track', it distracted. The blurbs on the back said this was a terrifying ghost story, I didn't really find it so. The protagonist kept breaking the first rule of horror movies in that he constantly opened the door everyone kept telling him not to. Simon certainly was in love but if I was engaged to a woman who hid behind the living r ...more
Janice Torrance
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a real page-turner!
Lara Gato
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I'm giving this book a 3 star review because even after some time I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I'm a big fan of ghost stories, and so it caught my attention, and it held it for a long time. The story, the mystery, is one of those that leaves you wanting to know more at the end of each page, and makes it hard to put the book down for a second.

However, the writing was awful. In my opinion at least. The style is inconsistent, as if the author were trying to decide whether he wanted to b
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Holly Drew
I wasn’t connected to any character. There wasn’t a way to be emotionally invested in anyone. I kept waiting for the plot to get going, it took way too long. There were characters and scenarios introduced that weren’t followed up on. I did finish it, hoping it might turn out ok. The ending was disappointing.
Maybe it was different because I listened to it
Danielle
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mary Rose Morland and Simon Blake are a seemingly perfect young and happy couple. They intend to travel to England, where Simon can ask for the Morlands’ permission to marry Mary Rose. However, upon arriving, Mary Rose’s actions get stranger and stranger, and Simon learns about an unusual event that took place twenty years ago and has left the whole family with lingering issues. Unable to leave a mystery alone and keen to try help his girlfriend, Simon investigates the past.

On its own, Mary Rose
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Sam (Clues and Reviews)
I am such a sucker for a horror read as soon as October hits. I want to grab a cozy blanket, cuddle up in my sweats and scare myself silly. With this in mind, I began to compile my October lineup, and my picks for #cjsreads, one of which was Mary Rose by Geoffrey Girard. Going into this novel, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was intrigued by the description of this novel being “a chilling and modern take on a classic ghost story”. I was also intrigued when I found out that the premise ...more
Jessica
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cjsreads
Thanks to Adaptive Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

October is the perfect month for horror books! So when I saw the synopsis for Geoffrey Girard's MARY ROSE, I was intrigued and I always love a good ghost story.

Mary Rose and her boyfriend Simon are a happy and successful young couple living in Philadelphia. They decide to travel back to Mary Rose's home in England, so that Simon can meet her parents and ask for their permission to marry her. When they arrive, Simon l
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Carrie Ardoin
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 STARS

I suppose this novel is being billed a a ghost story. I wouldn't say that. There is some touch of the supernatural, for sure. There are definitely creepy moments that gave me the chills. But Mary Rose is not a ghost, not anything I can pinpoint.

Mary Rose is a 26 year old English woman who is about to be wed to American lawyer Simon Blake. Upon a visit to her home country, Simon is told a family secret. Though it might be his and Mary Rose's undoing, he is determined to get to the botto
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Maria Rossy
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you see a book with your name on the cover you buy it right?.... well my name is María Rossy, in English it would be more like Mary Rosie, it was pure coincidence to found this book, my name is not very common so it had to be mine!!

Mary Rose Moreland and Simon Blake are in love, and soon to be married. They travel to England for Simon to ask her parents’ permission to marry Mary Rose, but he learns a secret: her future wife disappeared when she was six years old, while she and her father we
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Casia Courtier
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of Mary Rose from the publisher via the Jean Book Nerd Book Tour. This is an honest review. I was not compensated for this review. What follows is my experience.

I'm a big horror fan. Not the blood and guts horror, though there is a place for that in my heart, but the good psychological horror. I like watching a movie or reading a book and experiencing something mental and emotional. The visceral emotions that come from a psychological horror just adds that much more to being hu
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Casia Courtier
I received a copy of Mary Rose from the publisher via the Jean Book Nerd Book Tour. This is an honest review. I was not compensated for this review. What follows is my experience.

I'm a big horror fan. Not the blood and guts horror, though there is a place for that in my heart, but the good psychological horror. I like watching a movie or reading a book and experiencing something mental and emotional. The visceral emotions that come from a psychological horror just adds that much more to being hu
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Shanica Nicole
I'm a huge fan of adult fiction but Mary Rose was my first "ghost story" and while all the reviews I'm reading suggest this book should file under "classic ghost stories" I'd have to disagree. The best parts of this book were the last 150 pages. It took, what seems like, forevveerrrrr to get to the point. I normally enjoy first person narration, which this book doesn't have, so the character development for me was a snooze fest. Without giving the plot away, I still don't understand why Mary Ros ...more
Tracey
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
*This ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*

This is the story of young couple from Philadelphia Mary Rose Moreland and Simon Blake, Simon has asked Mary Rose to marry him but he also wants to traditionally ask the parents for her hand also. So they both take a trip to England. But when they arrive at the parents home, Mary Rose’s behaviour changes and secrets start to come out.
One secret that has been kept from Mary Rose is that o a small Scottish Island, twenty years ago, she disapp
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Heather Thein
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thriller that does an admirable job of balancing the evil we can’t see with the evil we can, Mary Rose is, for better or worse, a good old-fashioned ghost story. The book’s most glaring technical weakness is its dialog: the characters are melodramatic and somewhat unbelievable, speaking in the kind of cliché one-liners that segue a late night TV drama into commercial. Told predominantly from Simon’s perspective, Mary Rose herself feels flat and nebulous at times, almost as if she isn’t quite f ...more
Karen
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Anyone reading this book should also at least skim the Afterword. The original story was a play written by J.M. Barrie, and Alfred Hitchcock was so enthralled by the play, which he'd seen in 1920, that he later wanted to make a movie based on the theme. He was deterred by Hollywood, and so the story never saw the big screen. Mary Rose is a somewhat mysterious young woman, with whom a young attorney, Simon, falls madly in love. She loves him also, but there are hidden issues in her past that some ...more
Erzabet Bishop
This book captured my attention from the first page. If you loved movies like Rosemary's Baby or the Legend of Hell House, then you owe it to yourself to give this one a try.

When a little girl goes missing during an island day trip, their family and community are thrown into turmoil. That doesn't change when she's found, seemingly unharmed, more than a month later with nary a memory of anything.

Little girls grow up and get married. But there is something deep and troubling in the undercurrent o
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Maria Rose
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A ghost of a story

I picked this book because of the closeness of the title to my name, knowing it was supposed to be a tale of ghosts. This is another retelling of a similar story by an older author Barre who also wrote the original Peter Pan story. It has never been put to screen but has been made into a play. Hitchcock, the director, wanted to make this a screen play but never did but put some of the effects of the story in a few of his films.
Basically the story is about a woman who disappear
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Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, and dark speculative fiction. Simon and Schuster published two Girard novels simultaneously in 2013: CAIN'S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a companion novel for teen/YA readers which was nominated for a Bram Stoker award for "Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel."

Girard's short fiction has appeared in several best-selling anthologi
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