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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  904 ratings  ·  379 reviews

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In New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr's gripping standalone, a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she's trapped in her worst nightmare

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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
What Rose Forgot is an entertaining novel packed with action and suspense, and with splashes of humour it makes this a wonderful read. What struck me was just how quickly this novel had hold of me and totally consumed the hours until I finished reading. The writing is very perceptive and paints wonderful scenes, a mysterious plot and clever witty dialogue, while the story moves with great momentum.

Rose Dennis awakens in a wood, confused, disorientated and wearing just a hospital gown. Her first thought/>What
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars for an entertaining mystery. This is a stand alone mystery and not part of the Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr. Rose wakes up in a state of confusion. She is in a hospital gown and near a road. She sees 2 boys on bicycles and asks for water. One gives her water and the other goes to the nursing home to tell them that one of their patients is nearby. Rose is taken back to the nursing home. But she realizes that she is being drugged and pretends to continue taking the drugs and escape. S ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I read each and every one of Barr’s Anna Pigeon books and have missed the series. So, I was thrilled to see she’d written a stand alone. As the story begins, 68 year old Rose has escaped from a memory unit in a nursing home. She’s quickly re-captured and returned. But it’s obvious to the reader that she’s not a typical early Alzheimer’s victim, so what brought her there?

Barr’s writing mesmerized me. “Memories downloaded into Rose’s skull with all the nuance of a dump truck pouring ro
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The plot synopsis provided for this novel is extremely accurate, so I will just be reviewing my likes, dislikes, and other thoughts.

I enjoyed the character of Rose: a yoga doing, meditating, mantra chanting, spunky step-grandmother. Her character was interesting, unique, and easy to relate to. Rose was simply awesome, and I love her! I also fell in love with her sister, Marion, and loved Marion’s character. On the other hand, most of the events that unfold are far-fetched, so you must read with/>I
What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr is a well-written standalone mystery that I was excited to read since I thoroughly enjoy her Anna Pigeon series.

This story is set in Charlotte, North Carolina and the main protagonist is 68 year old Rose Dennis who wakes up outside in a hospital gown and her mind is foggy. She has been committed to a Memory Care Unit of a nursing home, but Rose becomes convinced that her life is in danger. With this information, Rose enlists the help of her sister in New Orleans, her g
Diane S ☔
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
3.5 i wasn't sure while reading this stand alone by Barr, whether I needed to suspend belief or to wish that in my mid sixties I would be as fit and while as Rose. I decided to just go with the flow, the story as it was presented, because it was a fun read. Plus, I adored the character of Rose, loved her relationship with her granddaughter and her friend Royce.

The plight of the elderly is often not a smooth one, as it shows here. Beyond the storyline there is a seriousness of how vulnerable man
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
What Rose Forgot is an extremely entertaining action-packed mystery. I fell in love with Rose's dry self-deprecating sense of humour from the very first scene. Rose wakes up in a wood and has no idea how she ended up in the place. has there been an accident? Then why is she wearing a hospital gown,and most importantly, why is she struggling to clear her mind from its foggy state. Two teenage boys find and report Rose to a nursing home nearby and we quickly understand that not everything is as in ...more
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
What a hoot! What Rose Forgot is an outrageous, rip-roaring good time! I expected a dark, scary thriller and while there're certainly some spooky scenes, there are many more that are over-the-top, laugh out loud hilarious. Rose awakens in a foggy, dream-like haze, surprised to find herself confined in the lock down section of a Alzheimer's elderly care facility. As she struggles to clear her muddy mind and figure out what's going on, she overhears a conversation saying she won't last out the week. She ...more
Gail C.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well plotted mystery told from intended victim Rose’s point of view. The reader is immediately plunged into Rose’s world as she comes out of a meditative trance to find herself not in her meditation room, as expected, but outside surrounded by trees and other shrubs. How did she get her? Where is here? And Why is she so thirsty and confused?
Moments after becoming aware of her surroundings, Rose is found by two young boys, one of whom gives her the little water he has and then hurries off
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heart-pounding and unique! The pace of this book moved quickly. I imagine this would be a great vacation thriller because you will want to be able to read it through without stopping!

Rose wakes up in a Memory Care Unit with no idea how she got there or how long she has been in. When it becomes clear that the staff at the hospital are intentionally making her sick, Rose cleverly avoids swallowing her medication and plots her escape. Soon after making a run for it, an attacker breaks i
The Hook - Nevada Barr was one of my adopted authors at my public library. I haven't read anything by her in years. Decided a standalone novel was just the right one to add her back to my life.

The Line -
There is the suffering of suffering.
The suffering of change.
The suffering of self.

The Sinker - If you've read Nevada Barr before and are expecting Anna Pigeon, forget it, she flew the coop.

If you like unreliable narrators Rose can lie with the best of them.
If an unreali/>The
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely delightful! I truly couldn't put this one down. At the start of the book Rose has excaped from a Memory Care Unit but feels she shouldn't have been there. She is found and taken back. She plans her escape. The events that follow and the situations she finds herself in are both scary and funny. Rose is a charming character who is very artistic and it seems she has always done yoga so, even after her incarceration in the MCU seems to be strong and resilient for a woman in her sixties. H ...more
3.5 Fun-Filled Stars!

Yep, I like ole Rosie....Rose Dennis, that is. She's a fit and spry 68 year old stuck in the Longwood Memory Care Unit and doesn't remember how she got there. With a sense of hopelessness at being bound to her bed with the nasty stench of urine in the air and overhearing nurses not follow doctors orders, Rose has one goal in mind: GET OUT!

WHAT ROSE FORGOT is not at all the serious storyline I thought it would be, but a humorous, very entertaining mystery with Rose and a few trustworthy co

Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh, boy! I got so excited when I saw this standalone, What Rose Forgot , by Nevada Barr. I am a big fan of her Anna Pigeon mystery series, and the blurb for this clever little novel really grabbed me: “...a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she’s trapped in her worst nightmare.”

Rose Dennis awakens to find herself outdoors dressed only in a hospital gown. She is disoriented and very thirsty. After she is hastened inside, she slowly puts two and two together and calculates that
Bam cooks the books ;-)
This hilarious standalone mystery from the author of the Anna Pigeon National Park Service ranger mystery series is quite a change of pace for her. A fun romp! Rose Dennis, a 68-year-old Buddhist artist, emerges from her meditation feeling foggy and confused. Wait! She's under a shrub barely covered in a hospital gown! Where the heck is she?

Turns out that Rose has tried to escape from the Mental Care Unit at the Longwood facility in Charlotte, NC, where she's been held for the past month. Becau
I’m trying out more mystery authors this year, and what reeled me in for this book was the premise and the senior character, something that we don’t see enough of. And the cover is definitely dreamy!

The narrative grabbed me easily and I identified with Rose’s troubles right away. However, as the clues and action came out, I really found they weren’t adding up, and that pulled me out of the story. One month generally doesn’t turn for individuals in their sixties into a wasted skeleton
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
I really loved this well-written mystery and I'm so glad I got a copy on netgalley. I am new to Nevada Barr's work, and since this was a stand-alone, it was a good place to start. I'll certainly be checking out her other books.

This book starts out with a confused Rose having run away from her care facility. Since we are seeing things from her point of view - it is a jumble, and everything is frightening. As Rose attempts to determine what is happening, an interesting mystery unfolds.
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Wind takes all that is left of Rose, trailing it in pale blues and pinks and golds. Then all of it is gone. Rose is gone."

What Rose Forgot is a fun mystery you can easily fly through, with a protagonist that's very reminiscent of Miss Marple - the book did feel like an Agatha/Marple mystery with the exception that there was more focus on Rose's attempt at survival, which was such an entertaining journey to witness, and less introduction of the suspects, which made it even more challenging to recognize the culprit.

How did Rose e/>What
Donna Davis
4.5 rounded up. Nevada Barr’s newest stand-alone mystery is a humdinger. My thanks go to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for the review copy; this book is for sale now, and you should read it.

Rose Dennis wakes up ragged and half naked in the bushes. Sturdy staff members close in on her and drag her back to the secure wing of the Alzheimer’s unit. She overhears an administrator in the hallway opine that she’s unlikely to last a week, and she knows she has to get out of there. But proving she’s
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked What Rose Forgot (Minotaur Books 2019) because I like every book Nevada Barr has written. She usually writes about surviving nature against impossible odds--that sort of story. But this one was a new character and quite different. Still, Barr has always been a good storyteller so I cheered when NetGalley awarded it to me. 

A quick summary: Much to wealthy, late-60-something Rose Dennis' surprise, she finds herself a resident of an expensive, high-end mental care facility bein
Kat Dietrich
3.5 stars

What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr is a mystery novel, with a touch of humour.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher St. Martin’s Press (Minotaur Books), and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

68 year old Rose Dennis awakes in the secured ward of a nursing home.  She is a dementia patient.  That would be fine.../>My/>First,
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Imagine waking up in the woods, disoriented and wearing nothing but a hospital gown. You have no recollection of the immediate past and find out that you escaped from the Senior Living community that you’ve been calling home for the last several weeks. To your surprise, you were recently diagnosed with dementia that has been hitting hard and fast – you aren’t expected to live until the end of the week. The only concept that you can hold onto is that something is wrong, very wrong and you don’t b ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars ✨
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was shocked as to how much I loved this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what next problem Rose Dennis (escaped dementia patient---or is she really afflicted with this disease?) was going to get into or create on her own.

As other's have mentioned, you really do need to suspend disbelief for this book...I know that many women of a certain age can do beautiful things, but this is a woman who has been ill and drugged and...well I won't get into some of my issues or ra
Toni Osborne
This is the story of Rose Dennis, a grandmother in her sixties, who wakes up in an Alzheimer unit at a nursing home. But Rose’s mind is fine, who has committed her is the question?… She does not linger with whom, what and the how, and soon a plan emerge: avoid all medication and stage an escape…. Rose on the lam is at the heart of this story and following one crazy lady trying to find who put her away is sometime funny and sometime unbelievable…...

This sounded like an interesting rea
Sherri Thacker
I had a hard time getting into this book. My mom does have Alzheimer’s and is in a facility in FL so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. I looked at the reviews and all were 4-5 stars. I had gotten to 50% and could not finish. I did not connect with the characters or the story line for that matter. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this complimentary book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Kelly ...
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although I have read a book or two from Barr's Anna Pigeon series I am not very familiar with her writing but the publisher's blurb on netgalley made me very excited to read it, and it stood up to its description.

What Rose Forgot is a fun and enaging mystery, with a funny, unique and old-fashioned protagonist. The book feels a bit like a throwback to the Agatha Christie novels. I liked that this book focused heavily on Rose and her predicament rather than on any culprits or suspects in the solvi/>What
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|Thank you @minotaur_books @netgalley for the eARC #partner|

Rose Dennis wakes up to find herself incredibly groggy, dressed in a hospital gown, and escaped from the Alzheimer's Unit of a nursing home. She's quickly caught and returned to the home, but Rose has no idea how she came to be there initially. When Rose overhears one of the hospital administrators comment that she won't make it through the week she knows something is terribly wrong and that she has to get out of there. She pretends to
Laura Rash
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a funny and entertaining mystery novel! Rose is one spitfire of a woman and shows everyone she is still all aware of what’s going on in life. Great read!
What a delightful mystery! From the blurb, I was expecting this to be a dark twisty psychological thriller, but it's not that at all, and since I've read a lot of those (and don't always find them satisfying), this was really refreshing.

When Rose Dennis awakens in a hospital gown in the woods, she is confused, since her last memory is of being in her meditation room several months earlier. When she finds out that she's been placed in a nursing home for people with dementia, she suspects darker
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Nevada Barr is a mystery fiction author, known for her "Anna Pigeon" series of mysteries, set in National Parks in the United States. Barr has won an Agatha Award for best first novel for Track of the Cat.

Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue