What Rose Forgot: A Novel

What Rose Forgot: A Novel

* POPSUGAR's "New Thrillers That Should Be on Your Radar This Year"* Women.com's "12 New September Books Worth Canceling Plans For"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 dis...

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Title:What Rose Forgot: A Novel
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What Rose Forgot: A Novel Reviews

  • Gail C.

    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

    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 the local nursing home/Alheimer’s Care Center for help. Before she understands what is happening, two orderlies descend on her with orange juice and pills. Just as the thought that the juice contains poison enters her mind, Rose is drug back to the facility and returned to the Memory Care Unit from which she escaped, although no one knows how.

    Through a curtain of confusion brought on by drugs that are pushed on her by the staff, Rose maintains enough lucidity to suspect she is being poisoned. She has no clue as to who is trying to harm her, but she has reason to suspect they want her dead within the next week. Armed with this belief, Rose hatches a plan to escape the unit and figure out who is trying to murder her.

    As the book unfolds the picture of Rose comes into focus. She is 68 years old, wealthy, a widow who practices Yoga, pursues Buddhism, and has an artist’s temperament. Add in a quirky sense of humor and you have the makings of a truly enjoyable mystery. The writing is off center just enough to add to the unique nature of the narrative with descriptions like: feeling like she’s been trampled by a herd of gnus. Rose is that older woman we always see depicted with a highly individualized sense of style, bordering on bohemian, an accomplished artist, and devoted grandmother.

    As the story progresses, Rose becomes increasingly convinced that she is the only one who can solve the mystery of who is trying to do her harm. After all, who is going to believe an older woman who is recently widowed and then diagnosed with early rapid onset dementia? She sets out to solve the mystery herself, getting help along the way from her young teenage granddaughter and her sister Marion, a computer expert, whose aide she enlists by relating facts that demonstrate how her life is in danger.

    The book is well paced, pulling the reader through at a speed that allows for continued interest and makes room for appreciation of the humor when and where it appears. The suspense of the culprit’s identity builds to an excellent climax at the point of denouement and then gently returns to earth with an insightful epilogue. My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced reader copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • PamG

    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,

    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, her granddaughter Mel, and Mel’s friend Royal. The clever plot progresses rapidly. To avoid spoilers, I will withhold the rest of the story line.

    The plot is thought-provoking, intense, insightful and captivating. While many have considered this book to be humorous, I did not. Yes, there was a chuckle here and there, but I was so upset with the situation that Rose found herself in that I did not find the time to laugh.

    The story showed great depth in the main character. Additionally, there was never a dull moment. To me, it was fascinating, gripping, heartbreaking, insightful, courageous and very memorable.

    I highly recommend this novel to both mystery fans and those that are fans of Nevada Bar.

  • Judy

    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

    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. Her granddaughter Mel is adorable.

    This was such a fun read! I will be looking at more of Nevada Barr's books because I really loved the character and the way she was portrayed. This story was set in Charlotte, North Carolina - I always enjoy books set in the state where I live because I enjoy recognizing some of the places and landmarks in the book.

    Many thanks to Nevada Barr and St. Martin's Press through Netgalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Liz

    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

    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 hole. Not collated, alphabetized, or arranged by date, a heap of images, sounds and emotions hit so hard she sits down with a bone-jarring thud.”

    This is a fast paced, edge of your seat, suspense filled mystery. I felt just as much in the dark about what was happening as Rose. And it’s a great group of characters, not just Rose, but also Mel and Marion. Even Eddie. There’s a little bit of dry humor thrown in.

    Well done Ms. Barr!

    My thanks to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this book.

  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    What a hoot!

    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

    What a hoot!

    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 week. She would know if she was "dying", wouldn't she? Why can't she remember how she ended up committed to a place for people who have lost their memories - as well as most of their marbles? Rose isn't crazy . . . or is she?

    The story that unfolds follows the antics of Rose as she escapes and begins a stint on the lam as an amateur sleuth, hiding out from unknown villains and participating in hand-to-hand combat with professional killers. She's aided in her investigation by a great support team - her granddaughter Mel and her long distance sister Marion. Rose is lovable, preposterous, flamboyant, and on-the-run from the law, nursing home, and most of her family as she follows the clues to solve the mystery of who wants her dead. What follows is a comedy of errors - a story that borders on slapstick comedy while exploring some serious issues faced by aging seniors. It touched my heart even as it tickled my funny bone. I laughed loud and often as I read this book mostly in one sitting. The story is paced to flow quickly from one hilarious scene to the next and while I figured out the bad "guy" before the big reveal near the end, it was an absolute hoot getting there. A little old lady super-heroine wreaking havoc on the bad guys! You've got to love it! Well-written and delivered, I consider

    more of a funny, cozy mystery than a thriller, but no matter how you shelf it, it's a fantastic read!

    *A special thank you to the publisher for an arc of this book!

    **Reviewed at

  • Peter

    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

    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 gown. Her first thoughts are, is this a dream? Then very slowly she regains some perspective although her memories are scrambled and missing. Two young boys find her and assume she has wandered from the nearby Nursing Home. They inform the facility, who have been searching for Rose and manage to help her return. During this period Rose is gradually regaining memories and trying desperately to piece together, when, why and how she was committed to the Memory Care Unit at Longwood and who was responsible.

    I loved the careful development with the situation Rose finds herself in. Does she suffer from dementia, as the facility suggests, is this just a brief moment of lucidity, or is she actually rational and somehow a mistake has been made? Her questioning of her state of mind and quizzical searching for how and why she has arrived at this place surely isn’t the thinking from someone living with dementia.

    Rose makes a decision that she will not ingest the drugs offered to her anymore and covertly hides the tablets and continues to act out her assumed mental state while she gathers information and plans her escape. Regardless of plot plausibility, the believability of Rose’s mental turmoil is very well delivered and the reality as it comes into focus is really heartening.

    Rose escapes again but this time with a clearer mind and a plan which involves her granddaughter Mel, and her sister Marion. There are some other strange relationships developed as Rose navigates the sinister machinations that seem intent on causing her death. Who would want her dead, and of course following the money leads obviously to the family? Although it’s not just as obvious as that.

    The story is gripping and the adventure Rose goes on with Mel, is enthralling and builds with us eagerly straining to find out who is behind the conspiracy. The plot credibility issues and convenience, are masked by the entertaining scenarios and witty moments that are maintained at a relentless pace.

    I would recommend reading this book and I'd like to thank St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC version in return for an honest review.

  • Thomas

    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

    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. She does escape and unravels a conspiracy behind the drugs. Rose is a feisty 69 year old woman who ends up saving her life. To say more would be a spoiler, but if you liked the Anna Pigeon series, then you will like this book also. I read it in 2 days.

    One quote on Rose philosophizing: "Of course, Rose knows there are people who live and die in the shadow of lies, betrayals, violence and crime.

    It has to be exhausting.

    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."

    Thank You St Martin's Press and Nevada Barr for sending me this book through NetGalley.

  • Paige

    The plot synopsis provided for this novel is extremely accurate, so I will just be reviewing my likes, dislikes, and other thoughts.

    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 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 plot synopsis provided for this novel is extremely accurate, so I will just be reviewing my likes, dislikes, and other thoughts.

    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 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 an open mind. Too add to that statement, sometimes the action occurring in the scenes was

    . I had to go back and re-read the page or paragraph and still didn’t comprehend the directional imagery occurring, meaning that some scenes I had a difficult time picturing in my mind because of enigmatic descriptions.

    This book is filled with humor, but also serious topics. The humor lies within Rose herself; her take on things not as a senile old lady, but as person with a flamboyant and tickled personality.

    The central theme focuses on

    and the labyrinth of navigating the waters extended

    .

    It was entertaining, but not a spellbinding page turner.

    Thanks to St. Martin’s Press, NetGalley, and Neverra Barr for a copy. Opinions are my own.

  • Toni

    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

    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 innocent as it seems to be. The orderlies drag the poor lady, the relatives (whose names escape Rose) seem to be really angry, to say nothing of the home managers. Rose cannot remember being committed to this secure unit and she doesn't believe herself demented. Could she have been drugged? Rose pretends to take her medication and then hides her daily dose stash in a drawer of her cabinet. Slowly and painfully, the fog begins to clear away, while she is continuing to behave as if nothing has changed. When she hears two voices saying that she won't last this week, Rose knows her life is in imminent danger and hatches an escape plan. Once out, Rose can count on very few people, partly because she still doesn't know who exactly wishes her harm to the extent of hiring a hitman, and partly because the kind soul she is, she doesn't want to risk the lives or freedom of people she loves.

    The character of Rose is absolutely adorable. I might forget the exact details of this intricate plot, but I definitely won't forget its feisty protagonist, an eccentric artist, a Buddhist and a doting grandmother. Rose and her sidekicks- her recluse sister/ hacker Marion, wonderfully practical and elusive, and Mel, Rose's thirteen year old granddaughter, made an excellent team.

    I believe the charm of this book lies in Rose's attitude to the events . The comments and opinions she voices in her head are hilarious. She is both humble and resilient, and won't go down without a good fight.

    The pace is really fast and the author makes sure there is never a dull moment. The events are, of course, far-fetched, but the book is well-written and the protagonist is so endearing in all her kookiness, that you will readily suspend your belief and keep turning pages.

    The big issues touched in the book- ageism and extended family relationships- are serious and need to be discussed more often. This light and funny read is quite insightful, without losing its entertainment value.

    Thank you to Edelweiss and Minotaur/ St.Martin's Press for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  • Carol

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