What Rose Forgot
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
Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she's been committed to an Alzheimer's Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose
Wildly entertaining, darkly humorous, with best unreliable narrator ever!
Rose Dennis, a widow in her sixties, awakens in a hospital gown unsure of what has happened to her. Her memory is murky, to say the least. Yet, she soon discovers she has been admitted to a nursing home and is being housed in the Alzheimer’s ward. Overhearing an ominous conversation suggesting she might not make it through the week, Rose realizes her ...more
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 ...more
Barr’s writing mesmerized me. “Memories downloaded into Rose’s skull with all the nuance of a dump truck pouring rocks into a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
And Nevada Barr just about touches on all of that in What Rose Forgot. Her main character of Rose Dennis is a way-out-there-somewhere kind of ol' gal of sixty-eight. She wakes up in a special nursing home unit for Alzheimer's without a ...more
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 in and tries ...more
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 unrealistic plot bothers ...more
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 to ...more
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...more
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, and two ...more
Rose is drugged and in a memory care unit, but escapes. She is having a hard time sorting out any details. She is caught and brought back into the facility and realizes she’s got to keep her wits about herself, follow the rules and not take the medications and get a grip on what is going on here, otherwise there is no hope for her being alive beyond a week!
Oh, she is a feisty senior citizen though and as her brain clears, ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
I had never read a book by Nevada Barr, but I saw a few enthusiastic reviews of her standalone What Rose Forgot, and I thought I would give it a try. It started off really strong, but had one feature that led me to lose interest. Rose is in the locked unit of a nursing home seemingly suffering from some kind of dementia. But all her instincts tell her to get out, so she escapes, and keeps escaping. I won’t say more to avoid spoilers. In the beginning, Barr did a great job portraying ...more
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. I'm always ...more
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 ...more
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 being treated for ...more
This was the first book by Nevada Barr that I have read, but I read quite a few glowing reviews about this standalone, so I thought I would give it a try. Maybe it is just me, but after sticking with it until about the 40% mark, I ended up putting it in my DNF pile.
The premise was intriguing - an elderly woman escapes from a locked dementia unit of a nursing home, and she has no idea why she was there in the first place. It went downhill quickly from there though. Awkward, stilted ...more
This sounded like an interesting read and it did ...more
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 ...more
I received a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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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 a career in ...more