Review: What Rose Forgot

What Rose Forgot

What Rose Forgot
By Nevada Barr
Minotaur Books, 9781250207135, September 2019, 304pp.

The Short of It:

Not sure what I read.

The Rest of It:

It’s quite possible that my review copy (ebook) was not quite finished or was missing key pieces because no matter how carefully I read, the story was disjointed. Very disjointed. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it if it’s a book you’ve read.

From what I could gather, Rose wakes up in a hospital unit which specializes in Alzheimer’s. She is heavily drugged and overhears the nurses talking about how she “might not make it” and from the comments she overhears, she can tell that no one really cares if she does. She decides to make her escape.

This is where it gets fuzzy. She leaves because she does not have Alzheimer’s and fears for her life but no where in the version I read does it explain why someone put her there. However, her escape and how she manages to turn the tables is quite entertaining. She enlists her sister and her young, thirteen-year-old granddaughter to help her and this kid is delightful.

As you can tell, I don’t think I can accurately review this book because it seriously feels as if chapters were missing. Looking at the print there doesn’t appear to be any obvious issues. No dangling sentences or encrypted anything but the story made absolutely no sense.

Has anyone read it? If so, and you happened to review it, send me the link and I will include the link here.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

13 thoughts on “Review: What Rose Forgot”

    1. I hope someone chimes in to tell me that their version was much better. I seriously hope it was an issue with my ebook copy. I could not for the life of me figure out what was going on!

  1. Reading a book where it feels like parts are missing is so frustrating. I had it happen once with an e-book. If your copy wasn’t corrupted, the book sounds like it needs a major edit/re-do!

    1. I’ve gotten corrupted ones before where the text is garbled or entire paragraphs are missing. This one looked okay. Seemed to have complete sentences but read like they were all out of order. Maybe it just wasn’t close enough to being a finished copy. I looked at Goodreads and some people gave it five stars which is impossible if they read the same version I did.

  2. I “listened to this one at the end of 2019 and didn’t love it and thought it was silly at times as well. It was confusing but, from what I recall by the end I kinda figured out who wanted her out of the picture.

  3. I have this one on my Kindle – finished version. I’ll try to make a point to read it soon. This is a big change for Nevada Barr and is a standalone from what I can understand. I’m betting your e-ARC was not complete.

  4. I thought your comment “Not sure what I read” was funny, but I’ve read books like that too.

    I had this on my list, but I think I may take it off after reading your thoughts.

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