What Rose Forgot – Nevada Barr

I’m just cranking them out to end September strong!

Thanks to Minotaur Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review

WHAT ROSE FORGOT – Nevada Barr (out now!)


Book Description:

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 is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she’s “not making it through the week,” Rose is convinced that if she’s to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.

The only problem is—how does she convince anyone that she’s not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn’t sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her.

With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel’s friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back—to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they’re holding all the cards.

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

This was my introduction to Nevada Barr, and I had seen great things about her Anna Pigeon series, but this is a new standalone! WHAT ROSE FORGOT is a slower burning suspense/thriller that kept my attention from start to finish.You have to love the stories dealing with memory loss and the narrator having to piece together the events as we go. Definitely keeps the reader on their toes.

Rose finds herself in the Memory Care Unit and she has no recollection of how she ended up there. Why is she there? How long has she been there? Are the doctors making her sick? Rose quickly begins to plot her escape and things become crystal clear to her – someone wants her dead. Who would and how far were they willing to go?

What I loved the most? Rose is one hell of a force to be reckoned with and she brings in something fresh to the genre. Most thrillers with female protagonists are usually in that mid-twenties to mid-forties age range, but Rose is in her late 60’s. A new perspective, new thought processes, and she brings a new dynamic due to her wisdom and experiences. She is an amazing lead and she is completely aware of her situation. Asking herself, is she healthy and someone is just out to get her, or is she actually starting to suffer from memory loss and potential dementia.

Plenty of action and plenty of conspiracies. I will definitely be going back to check out more from Nevada Barr when I’m at the bookstore next. If you’re looking for a standalone suspense/thriller, then this will be perfect for you!





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