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What Rose Forgot

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  5,021 ratings  ·  1,098 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr is a 2019 Minotaur Books publication.

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 lif
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 gow
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 rocks into a h
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
The book starts with Rose, dressed in only a hard to keep on hospital gown, outside the Memory Care Unit of a nursing home, trying to escape her captors, while she fights off a drug induced (or is it dementia induced) haze covering her thinking. Caught, drugged once again, and strapped down, outside her room she hears threatening words saying that she won't last the week. Rose knows she has to prevent being drugged into oblivion again, so she can escape this place and allow her body to shed the ...more
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
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor
"Of course, Rose knows there are people who live and die in the shadow of lies, betrayals, violence, and crime. People should love one another right now. Buy the world a Coke and keep it company. The Age of Aquarius was way too short as far as Rose is concerned."

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 c
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,
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 in and tries
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
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 unrealistic plot bothers you
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
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 wee ...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 to th
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 fe

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, and two da
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a hoot, although it certainly did not start out that way!

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, s
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
I’ve read the first 17 (of 19 now; I’d thought it was more!) of the Anna Pigeon mystery books by this author. I still have extremely fond feelings for book 1: Track of the Cat, but as with most mystery series I read, I eventually stop reading. They get to be too much, old, etc. but I might go back and read more from this series at some point. I love the National Parks settings. I thought this standalone book would be a good change and it was. It’s very different. Characters, story, everything.

Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed this book! Much more then I expected! I think the book description, while accurate, leaves out the most important “flavor” of the book. Rose is INCREDIBLE! Her relationship with her granddaughter is awesome too. This is a thriller.. Action packed! (Honestly at times even far fetched..) But, I found myself laughing out loud several times. Then I was shocked during the ending when I- gasp! Almost shed a tear?!😂 & the epilogue? 1 of the best ever! Seriously.. I’m eager to s ...more
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 calcu
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
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
DNF at 20%. Not connecting to the writing or storyline.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

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 Ros
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
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. I'm always
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
Feb 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 40%.

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 di
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 being treated fo
Ludwig Reads
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 re
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 read and it did
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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 a career in

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