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The Recovery of Rose Gold

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,703 ratings  ·  1,081 reviews
Sharp Objects meets My Lovely Wife in this tightly drawn debut that peels back the layers of the most complicated of mother-daughter relationships...

For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding
Paperback, Advanced Readers Copy, 340 pages
Published March 2020 by Penguin Random House
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Katie (lets.get.literate) The author mentioned in her acknowledgements that she used Blanchard's case as inspiration/studied it, but this is definitely NOT a retelling of the…moreThe author mentioned in her acknowledgements that she used Blanchard's case as inspiration/studied it, but this is definitely NOT a retelling of the Blanchard case. What happened to Rose Gold during her childhood is similar, but the focus of this story is what happens after the abuse comes to light. There are drastic differences between what happens between this mother and daughter, and what happened to Gypsy Rose and her mother.(less)
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Emily May
This book just didn't sit right with me, guys. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I really didn't like what seems to be the "message". I'm not going to get all finger-waggy about it. If you enjoyed this and found it a compelling thriller, then I am glad. I just personally couldn't get on board with the narrative being sold here. A lot of my major issues are going to be under spoiler tags.

Darling Rose Gold is based on the true story of Dee Dee Blanchard and Gypsy Rose. In this book,
Miranda Reads
I have read my way through 315 books to bring you my Top 10 Books of the Year (video) .

Now you know that this one made the cut, check out my video review to see the others!

(Ps. This one is technically going to be published next year but it was so good, I let it slide)

4.5 stars

All these years, I've been telling people she was sick.
Look who was right after all.
Rose Gold spent nearly two decades of her life believing she was sick.

A chromosomal abnormality is what her mother (Patty
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Mother vs Daughter. Crazy vs Crazier. Who will win in the end?

Darling Rose Gold is a psychological thriller about an extremely dark and twisted mother-daughter relationship.

5 years ago, 23-year-old Rose Gold Watts mother, Patty, was convicted for aggravated child abuse. Patty, who has Munchausen by Proxy, abused her daughter for years. Under her mothers care, Rose Gold became violently ill, suffering from malnutrition and a host of other ailments as a result of her mother's abuse.

Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
**4.5 stars **

I will hurt you for this. I don't know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you'll know the debt is paid.
George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Let me say straight off the bat that neither of our protagonists - mother Patty Watts, and daughter Rose Gold Watts are in the least bit likeable, but are they readable? Hell yes!

Rose Gold spent nearly two decades of her life believing
Chelsea Humphrey
"Most people don't like holding on to anger. They feel it crushing and consuming them, so they let it go. They try to forget the ways they've been wronged. But some of us cannot forget and will never forgive. We keep our axes sharp, ready to grind. We hold pleas for mercy between our teeth like jawbreakers. They say a grudge is a heavy thing to carry. Good thing we're extra strong."

Saddle up and buckle in folks, we have a new popcorn thriller on the horizon! True, this book isn't released in the
Susanne  Strong
5 Sick and Seriously Twisted Stars!
Now thats my Kind of Read!

Mothers and Daughters - talk about relationships that are never easy!

Most, however dont involve mothers who constantly lie and cause extreme harm to their daughters, complicating things just a tad.

Whatever the problem might be, a Good Dose of PRISON is sure to shake things up a bit!

Just ask Rose Gold. She sure is excited for her mom Patty to be released from the slammer after 5 long years. In fact, she almost seems.. gleeful. As for
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, buddy-read
Oh my gosh, what a entertainingly wicked book. Rose Gold's mom, Patty, apparently suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy and has spent five years in prison for her brutal treatment of Rose Gold. On her release from prison, Rose Gold, with new baby in tow, picks Patty up from prison and allows her to move into her new home. Patty knows this home well because it was her childhood home where horrible things happened and a place Patty hoped to never see again.

This story is told from both the
Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
Compulsively readable, disturbingly fascinating, & an absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller!

DARLING ROSE GOLD by STEPHANIE WROBEL is one disturbing, dark, twisted, and original thriller that was quite the gripping book to read. I was immediately sucked into the narrative and could not put this book down.

STEPHANIE WROBEL delivers an interesting, fascinating, and well-written read here that offers quite the original and suspenseful plot with complex and dysfunctional characters. The
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story and it's characters have more layers than the filtering on my selfies.

"Most people don't like holding onto anger. They feel it crushing and consuming them, so they let it go. They try to forget the ways they've been wronged.

But some of us cannot forget and will never forgive. We keep our axes sharp, ready to grind. We hold pleas for mercy between our teeth like jawbreakers.

They say a grudge is a heavy thing to carry.

Good thing we're extra strong."

This is a story about revenge.
Finally!! My search is over! The five star thriller Ive been searching for!

Oh how I love dysfunctional characters and all their human frailties. And folks, this book is chocked full of them! It was like a mad-cap competition to see who was more unstable.

Rose Gold had a rough childhood, to say the least. Always quite ill, ushered from one doctor to hospital to the next. And never getting any answers.

Patty Watts. A single mother raising her daughter Rose Gold on her own. She has
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
5 mind blowing stars!

Oh my!! What a deliciously dark and twisty tale!

Rose Golds mother, Patty, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for abusing Rose Gold for eighteen years by poisoning her and making her appear critically ill. When Patty is released, Rose Gold is there to pick her up from prison along with her two month old son. Rose Gold knows her mother has no one to turn to and feels she has paid her dues for her crime. But, has Patty moved on from her controlling and deceitful ways? Will
BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
5 Sick and Twisted Mother-Daughter Relationship Stars

Rose Gold spent nearly 2 decades of her life believing she suffered from a chromosomal abnormality that kept her debilitated. She suffered from chronic pain, debilitating dizziness that kept her bound to a wheelchair, unexplained nausea that necessitated a feeding tube and hair loss that prompted a shaved head. Rose Gold was completely dependent on her mother, Patty, who was her sole caretaker. Unfortunately, as Rose Gold grew older she also
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Slytherins
Shelves: arcs-read

Patty Watts was arrested and charged with poisoning her only daughter, Rose Gold.

An alleged case of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, Patty was purported to have been abusing Rose Gold her entire life.

As a late teenager, Rose Gold, whose body has suffered permanent damage, confesses some things to a neighborhood friend and the adults around her end up putting the pieces of the puzzle together.

Ultimately, Rose Gold testified against her Mother in court and she was sentenced to five
This is definitely going into my top 10 this year on the creepiest, page turning mind twisting edge of my seat reads!

A mothers and daughters relationship is a complicated one. If anyone has a daughter there are going to be some rocky moments. But forget that! Thats a piece of cake!
Meet Rose Gold and her Mother Patty. I dont know who is worse. When she grew, did she learn from her mother?

As the blurb says, Rose Gold grew up believing there was something wrong with her. The surgeries she had to go
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH NNOOOOO!!! This is too nasty, disturbing, agitating and creepy! This is totally sick, insane, dark, edgy! CARRIE MEETS HULUS ACT SHOW! And I LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT! Who cares if Im not normal! I loved those brilliant, ultra evil genius brain cells of the author. If I ever have plastic surgery, I will demand to have that kind of batshit crazy brain cells so I can enjoy more creepier, nail destroyer, body hair lifter, and scary stories. As a result: I can happily give 5 gazillion stars ...more
Holly  B
Dark, complex and plenty of unlikeable characters to hate on...

Munchausen syndrome by proxy is such a fascinating and disturbing disorder. There are many real-life cases that have made headlines. I'm not familiar with the details of any of them, but have seen news reports.

The mommy from hell in this one is Patty Watts. She has been released from prison after five years for abusing her daughter, Rose-Gold Watts. They have decided to move in together and see how it goes....Rose Gold has a
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Having just decided not to read any psychological thrillers for a while, I still had this in my queue. But no worries. This mother - daughter duel definitely kept my interest. Rose Gold spent her entire childhood ill. Five years ago, her mother was sent to prison, based on Roses testimony that her mother was poisoning her. My initial thoughts were that this was a Manchausen by proxy situation although thats never mentioned. (I didnt realize the story is based on a real life mother daughter ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Im in the minority on this one. Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy is a horrifying affliction in which a child is made ill by the mothers narcissistic need for attention and sympathy. Seemingly based upon the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Blancharde, I didnt find this novel to be entertaining. Im not opposed to unlikable characters but this made want to take a shower after reading it. It is chillingly unpleasant. ...more
Once again I find myself an outlier.

The story opens with mother Pattys release from prison, where shes spent the last 5 years for aggravated child abuse. Patty had fooled countless doctors that Rose Gold was deathly ill, but it turns out Patty suffers from Munchausen by proxy and all of Roses illnesses were caused by Patty herself.

But lets let bygones be bygones, right? With her newborn son, Rose picks up Patty on the day shes released from prison and brings her to live with her in the house
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2020

4.5 Stars!!!

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A plucked from the headlines gripping read!

The story opens as Patty Watts aka Poisonous Patty is being released from prison after serving five years for aggravated child abuse. Patty has always maintained that she is innocent. She doesnt blame Rose Gold even though her daughter testified against her. Instead, she blames the prosecutor, the jury, and the reporters who just wanted their story. If she did all of
Elyse  Walters
Darling Rose one of the new psychological thriller *It* books. We have them every year. Excitement for the newest thrilling-thriller.
Rose Gold Darling, wont be released until March of 2020....but the early reviews were expressing suspense-entertainment with words such as dark, shocking, creepy, and unputdownable.
Being curious - I jumped on the OMG wagon.

My first dislike: ( as in a pet peeve dislike)....Im not a fan of the name, Rose Gold. Id never want to be called Rose Gold any
AVAILABLE NOW! 4.5 stars!!

Sometimes you accidentally hurt the ones you love"

For eighteen years, Patty Watts had the whole town convinced that her daughter was seriously ill, including Rose Gold, herself.

But, once it was discovered that Patty was the one causing all of these illnesses, she was sentenced to five years in jail.

Now Patty is being released, and Rose Gold is allowing her to come live with her, and her infant son, Adam.


Make no
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this one! I found both narrators so hard to trust, and as lies began to unfold the thrill of what was to come had me rapidly turning the pages. Nearly every chapter revealed a new lie or added a new element to one of the characters that seemed to put a twist on things.

Who deserves a second chance? Does forgiveness come with limitations or should it be unconditional? Should mitigating factors be considered when speculating harmful behavior? The story starts out with Rose picking up
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4.5 Stars

Once upon a time, they said, a wicked mother gave birth to a daughter. The daughter appeared to be very sick and had all sorts of things wrong with her. She had a feeding tube, her hair fell out in clumps, and she was so weak, she needed a wheelchair to get around. For eighteen years, no doctor could figure out what was wrong with her.

I had no idea how much buzz there was about this book on the intertubes until I received a
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

if you're reading this review, you've probably already read the book's synopsis, so you know the basics: that the titular rose gold spent eighteen years of her life suffering from chronic but vague ailments: headaches, fainting and dizziness, nausea, fatigue. too frail and sickly to go to school, she spent most of her time in hospitals undergoing tests and surgeries; becoming gaunt and exhausted, hair falling out, teeth rotted through, wheelchair-bound, and no closer to a
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Munchausen's by proxy is a mental disorder where an individual induces physical symptoms in another individual (often by poisoning) so that they can take care of them and receive adulation and praise from others for their generosity and nursing skills. Munchausen's is when the individual does it to themselves (which is different from malingering in that a malingerer tends to only feign illness and is doing so to escape having to do
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tucker by: Miranda Reads

Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

But people didnt get excited by stories of forgiveness. They wanted bridges to burn. They wanted dramas that made their own lives feel normal.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. Then again, I think this book has mixed feelings about this book so its all good.

So, whats this book about?

Darling Rose Gold is about a young woman, Rose Gold, who is trying to get her life together after an
Julie (JuJu)
If you threw The Act and Mommy Dearest in the blender, you would have a Darling Rose Gold smoothie! One of the best debut thrillers Ive read! I really sunk my teeth into this one (a little pun youll understand when you read the book 😉).

Once upon a time, they said, a wicked mother gave birth to a daughter.

Poisonous Patty was the perfect nickname for this mother! I imagined suffocating her with a pillow, among many other things, every time words oozed from her mouth. Rose Gold had all of my
Brenda -Traveling Sister
Hot Twisted Diggity Dang!!! Now that is one twisted, complicated yet, captivating mother/daughter relationship. I loved it!!

Darling Rose Gold is pure gold here and is one exciting read. This was a highly anticipated Traveling Sisters group read. Once we started reading this story, we could not put it down until we finished. Those twisty turns kept us guessing and that final reveal is something to talk about.

Darling Rose Gold's subject matter is disturbing; however, Stephanie Wrobel explores the
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Entertaining, but dark... ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Until I found out about this book, I hadnt paid much attention to the case in the US where a mother with Munchausen by Proxy, feigning her daughters illnesses for over twenty years, was murdered. I have no idea how I missed that in the news, but wow.

Darling Rose Gold is not the same story, but in it, Rose Gold Watts mother, Patty, is guilty of the same behavior. Rose Gold has allergies, uses a wheelchair when she can walk, and is constantly being tested for
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Stephanie Wrobel grew up in Chicago but has been living in the UK for the last three years with her husband and dog, Moose Barkwinkle. She has an MFA from Emerson College and has had short fiction published in Bellevue Literary Review. Before turning to fiction, she worked as a creative copywriter at various advertising agencies.

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