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Her name was Rose. You watched her die. And her death has created a vacancy.

When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines that split second will change her life. But after Emily watches a car plough into the young mother – killing her instantly – she finds herself unable to move on.

And then she makes a decision she can never take back
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Published June 28th 2018 by Avon
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: It should have been me. I should have been the one who was tossed in the air by the impact of a car that didn't stop. 'Like a ragdoll,' the papers said.

I had seen it. She wasn't like a ragdoll. A ragdoll is soft, malleable even. This impact was not soft. There were no cushions. No graceful flight through the air. No softness.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Her name was Rose. You watched her die. And her death has created a vacancy.

When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagi
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Dash fan
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4☆ Gripping Psychological thriller

Her Name was Rose is a chilling psychological thriller.

We have nearly all heard of the saying, we always want something we can't have!
Well this is exactly the case with this book.

Emily wants a new life. One that she feels loved and valued. You see she was in an abusive relationship.
So when she witnesses something awful.
She becomes obsessed with the victims life.

That victim would be Rose!
Emily becomes fixate
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Jenny
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have you ever started a trip and you are sure you know the way? In fact, you don’t even GPS it because you tell yourself that it’s down this road but suddenly you see a street on your right and that seems like the way to go. So you make the right turn to get to your destination but that’s wrong so you turn again and while that road looks familiar, it is still not the way.
Eventually, you get there but your trip took a few detours because it turns out that you weren’t really as familiar with
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Amanda
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Emily is sharing a lift with stranger Rose and her son Jack, when the lift door opens Emily smiles and lets them exit the lift first, as they walk towards the road Emily sees Rose step into the path of a speeding car that knocks into her, killing her instantly. Emily thinks the car was meant to have hit her!!

Emily after splitting with her ex Ben has been using Anti Anxiety pills and alcohol as an emotional crutch, she becomes obsessed at looking at Rosie’s happy life on Facebook. Fro
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Pauline
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan was psychological thriller that keep me engaged all the way through. Emily witnesses a hit and run accident and it leaves her very shaken. She then becomes obsessed with the victim of the accident Rose and wants to find out everything about her life. This has far reaching consequences that means Emily becomes more and more involved with Rose's work colleagues and family. Quite a few twists and turns in this story and an ending I didn't see coming.
I would l
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Dita
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't plan to read this book today in its entirety but once started I fell down the proverbial rabbit hole.

Emily gets on a mall elevator and rides down four levels to the street with Rose, chatting all the way. As they exit the elevator, Emily steps aside and allows Rose to exit first with her baby stroller and packages. Seconds later Rose is struck by a car and killed. Emily is tortured by grief, traumatized by what she witnessed, and certain it should've been her. This causes he
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Nicola
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Social media seems to be featuring in quite a lot of thrillers I’ve read recently and it is quite thought provoking just how powerful Facebook can be.

In ‘Her Name was Rose ‘. We meet Emily.Emily hasn’t had a lot of luck lately. She’s damaged from a past relationship and her work life isn’t going well either.

So imagine if all that could change if she could step into the life of the woman she’s just witnessed being run over and killed.

Meet Rose ..perfect Rose ..who according to her Facebook pro
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Tan Markovic
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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MY FIRST READ OF 2019!!

I picked up this up after reading many good reviews about it during the summer/autumn last year and lets face it…the cover is pretty!

Emily witnessed Rose die right in front of her and cannot seem to shake the feeling that she was meant to be the one who was supposed to die instead of her. After the tragic accident, Emily becomes fixated on Rose and the life she led and slowly but surely slips into the life Rose left behind.

This/>Emily
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Sue
HER NAME WAS ROSE is a psychological thriller by author Claire Allan. This is the first book that I requested and was approved on Edelweiss, a new site I recently joined. How exciting!

This was a commanding and emotional psychological thrill that keeps you guessing all the way through.

Her name was Rose. You watched her die. And her death has created a vacancy.

When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines that split second will change her life. But after Emi
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Louise Wilson
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines in that split second will change her life.

When Emily sees a car plough into a young mother, killing her instantly, she finds it hard to move on. The woman's name was Rose, and Rose had everything Emily desired. Emily starts looking at Rose's social media learning all she can about her. Emily's life is not what she would like it to be and she is quickly convincing herself that she can take Rose's place. But did Ro
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Karla
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
***3.5 stars!***
Malia
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This book was such a positive surprise! I admit, I went into it thinking it might be another ho-hum thriller, the plot and characters of which I would regrettably quickly forget (there have been a few of those lately, hence my initial negativity). Well, I am very happy to say I was wrong. Her Name Was Rose is about a woman, Emily, dealing with regret and a loss of identity and wanting so badly to find some happiness. Somewhat naively, she inserts herself in a role that isn't really hers, and get ...more
Maya
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“In all the wild world, there is no more desperate a creature, than a human being on the verge of losing love.”
~Atticus

It may be unusual to quote anyone else but the author when writing a book review but I feel like those words needed to be said so you can understand that there is a very thin, almost invisible line between pathetic and desperate, but a line nonetheless.

Rose has a picture perfect life, a handsome and successful husband that adores her, a beautiful baby boy, her job
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Sarah Joint
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think we all sometimes look at someone else and feel envy. Maybe it's the way they look, or the way they command a room. Maybe it's their success, or their attractive significant other. Maybe it's their whole life. Rose has a different sort of envy. The woman she's admiring is already dead. She saw it happen... and it should have been her.

Emily doesn't have much going for her, but she does have a shiny new obsession. She becomes obsessed with the woman named Rose, reading her social media and
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Lou
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
An engaging read from the first page to the last - it does start out as a slow-burn but picks up pace towards the end, and I couldn't put it down. A powerful and emotional psychological thriller, it keeps you guessing right the way through. It had me fully engaged and had an ending that I didn't predict. The book does tackle the sensitive subject of domestic violence in a respectful way, which I admired. Emily, the protagonist, is a character I could not warm up to. I don't wish to reveal anythi ...more
Mark
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emily is in a lift, on her way home from shopping
Rose is in the same lift, with her son Jack in his pram
They leave the lift
Then they get to the exit door of the shopping centre
Emily holds the door open for Rose
Rose thanks her and
Steps into the road
And is instantly killed by a car speeding past.....

And the story starts...Emily has had a previous abusive relationship, she craves love, a good job, a loving partner, a baby, a wonderful house.....
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Dannii Elle
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
When Emily lets a young mother step in-front of her when leaving the lift she never imagined that she would follow her onto the street and witness her murder. This woman took her place and has become the most recent headline horror story as the victim of a hit-and-run. But as this woman took her place, perhaps, Emily reasons, she could take hers in return?

Emily provided such an interesting psyche in which to peer at the world through. She was not without her flaws and the dark secret
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Melissa In The City
Loved this! I give it 4 🌹🌹🌹🌹!
Perfect example of “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence” as we watch Emily, one of the main characters, step into Rose’s life or into her shoes so to speak. She’s kind of a sad lonely girl and not reliable but I felt bad for her and found myself rooting for her to get a good break in life, even though I wanted to shake the crazy out of her 😂
I actually think Rosè was a main character as well because this whole story revolves around her
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Chloe
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emily let’s a woman and her child walk in front of her which ends up the woman being killed by an oncoming car.Unable to move on from witnessing the tragedy Emily becomes obsessed with the murder victim , Rose’s life. Emily who had just broken up from a relationship wants everything that Rose had, a happy content family life with lots of love and friendship but Emily soon realizes that not everything is as perfect as it seems

Her Name Was Rose is an addictive psychological read with lots of twis
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Linda Strong
Emily lets a woman and her child step out in front of her and then watches a car plow into her, killing her instantly. Her name was Rose.

Emily is certain that it was her fault ... she should have been the one hit by a car ... the one who died.

She gets mired in Rose's life. She follows her facebook pages, she even applies for the job that Rose had held. She makes Rose's friends her own. She wants the happiness that Rose lost .. a handsome man who treasured her, a child she loved pass
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Liz Barnsley
Her Name Was Rose was one of those read in one sitting books because you need to get to the end and see what exactly is what - Emily is an engaging and easy to follow main protagonist who gets herself all tied up in knots after witnessing a death. Embedding herself into every aspect of the dead woman's life in an attempt to find her own, she ends up in very hot water...

I liked this mostly for Emily because I wanted a happy ending for her, that's what I was after and it kept me readin
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
3.5 Stars!

Sometimes you pick up a story and are immediately just drawn to it. To the story and mystery that is slowly unfolding. To the what ifs and the complete mystery of it all. Such was the case of Her Name Was Rose.

I love something that will not only completely captivate me but keep me on edge guessing right up until the very end. Just when I thought I had it all figured out the author would throw in a twist or turn that would have me second guessing everything and I
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Mandy White
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Her Name was Rose was an addictive story that had me staying up reading far too late. I really got sucked into it and had to keep reading.

Emily does something nice for the mother with the pram by letting them out of the lift first... . And then the mother is knocked down in a hit and run and killed. Her Name was Rose. Emily has a troubled past and is convinced that it should have been her. She becomes obsessed with learning all she can about Rose, and finds that Rose had the perfect
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The Book Review Café
The old adage “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” constantly sprung to mind whilst reading Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan. Emily becomes obsessed with Rose’s life after witnessing a tragic hit and run accident which leaves Rose dead. Emily then spends every waking minute learning more about Rose’s life through her Facebook page, friends and work colleagues, she realises she wants Rose’s “perfect” life for herself. As you can imagine as this is a psychological thriller ...more
Eva
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here is one of life’s lessons. Things aren’t always what they seem. If you think life behind those glossy filtered Facebook pictures is all flowers and sunshine, think again. A smile can hide a multitude of things.

Emily witnesses a young mother being run over and killed instantly by a joyrider. Her name was Rose and she’s left a vacancy. Because Rose has everything Emily dreams off. A charming and handsome husband, a stunning home, a great job and a cute baby. Maybe Emily could take
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Karen
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
“It should have been me. I should have been the one who was tossed in the air by the impact of a car that didn’t stop. ‘Like a ragdoll’, the papers said”.


This is the opening paragraph of Her Name Was Rose. Claire Allan is an established writer of women’s fiction but this is her debut thriller and what a corker it is.

When Emily D’Arcy witnesses a fatal accident in front of her, she is convinced that that she was the intended victim, for reasons which later become clear. Emily is no
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Jayme
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excerpt: It should have been me. I should have been the one who was tossed in the air by the impact of a car that didn’t stop. “Like a rag doll”, the papers said.

The book opens with that paragraph and I was hooked!

Emily had smiled at Rose and told her to “go ahead” as the lift doors opened.

Rose had smiled back, not knowing what she was walking towards.

But despite being a witness, Emily did not want to talk to the police, because the police had had quite enough of her once before...
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Chris
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Control. Jealousy. Domestic abuse. Twisted. Affairs. Social Media. Murder.

The beginning of the book sets the tone for the rest of the story, and the writing, as a cause and effect, works itself backwards in time. The gruesome auto accident and death of a young mother pushing her son in a pram is the effect. The cause is pretty much the remainder of the book; that’s where we get all the backstory.

The main character, Emily, already has issues from a previous abusive relationship. She has low sel
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Paula Sealey
Wow! I loved this book! I was absorbed in the story from start to finish and barely put it down as I was so engrossed in the plot and invested in the characters outcomes.

Emily witnesses a hit and run where poor Rose is killed, her baby son who was in his pushchair thankfully surviving. Emily is tortured by Rose's death, and starts to look her up on social media, learning all she can about her life, which Emily decides was just perfect. At a crossroads in her own lonely life, she conv
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Heidi
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Emily, a lonely young woman who has been trying to make a new start after a nasty relationship break-up, finds herself struggling with demons from her past when she becomes an unwilling spectator to a woman’s fatal hit and run accident. Guilt-stricken, she remembers how she prompted the victim to step out in front of her, only to see her being brutally mown down. With dread, she is wondering: was Emily the intended victim? Has she unwittingly sent the young woman to her death? Unable to put her ...more
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