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    Two themes: forgiveness and revenge

    This is the story of Rose Gold Watts and her mother Patty. Raising Rose Gold as a single mother, Patty abused her daughter by poisoning and starving her. Arrested for child abuse, a teen-aged Rise Gold testified against Patty, who was convicted and sentenced to prison. After Patty’s release, Rose Gold takes her into her home. Has Rose Gold forgiven Patty or does she have a more sinister motive? Patty’s abuse scarred Rose Gold, and readers must consider ramifications of this abuse when considering Rose Gold’s actions. A very good read.
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    It’s all about that twist!

    Well... this one did not work for me. But this is just my opinion and my intention is not to convince anyone from reading it. I confess that the reason I picked this book was because of its gorgeous cover and great endorsement by other authors (although I have learned in the past not to believe on those endorsements, sometimes I do fall for it), plus the excellent reviews by my GR friends that I admire and respect. And how could I resist a brand new release that was immediately available from my local library? Now about the book. I did not know that this was a different take based on the true story of Dee Dee Blanchard and Gipsy Rose (when I started this book I thought that a few things were too similar to a book that I read last January, “Grace is Gone”, by Emily Elgar and I was right - I checked it right away - although different, the story is about Gipsy Rose, but the author changed all names). Anyways... although I did appreciate this different take and idea, I did not like the writing, which I found to be a bit amateurish during the first half (fortunately it got better from there on). I also thought that the story was not that well developed and the structure was a bit confusing. Although I was not bored, I did not feel that thrill, even during the last 40%, when it became more interesting. I do have to say that that twist at the end was clever (and mean). Perhaps I should re-read it another time to see if my opinion would change or perhaps I should have given myself a couple of days from my last book (which was absolutely terrific) before starting this one.
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    Darling Rose Gold

    I have to say that the plot was extremely clever but I did not like the characters. The reason for my dislike regarding Patti is obvious but Rose Gold had no redeeming qualities. The ending left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
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    Twisted subject & characters

    A very strange subject matter, Munchhausen Syndrome, made this a psychological tale of mentally twisted individuals. When an abused child becomes a parent their child can become an abused child which can lead to another generation of abused children. Patty & Rose Gold Watts' relationship is complicated by Rose Gold's health issues. Told in alternating first person accounts of their lives over many years makes you question just who it the mentally sick, delusional person? The ending was an 'ah ha' moment. I volunteered to read an ARC through Net Galley
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    Didn't want to put it down!

    I requested and received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I found myself rooting for Rose Gold throughout the book, she made some mistakes in her personal life, but you still couldn’t help but feel for her. I loved the dual POV, hearing Patty’s and Rose’s version of things from the past and the present was interesting. I thought I knew how this would end but the author was able to throw a little surprise twist in there that I didn’t see coming.
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