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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.
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Review: The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

The Women in the Window
By A.J. Finn
William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062678423,  March 2019, 464pp.

The Short of It:

If you enjoy unreliable narrators then you will be entertained.

The Rest of It:

The Woman in the Window is another book that everyone seems to have read. When it first came out, I took an immediate interest in it but then, for whatever reason it got pushed down to the bottom of my list. THEN, there was the controversy over its author. But when my local used bookstore had a copy sitting on the shelf, I grabbed it.

Dr. Anna Fox is a psychiatrist but suffers from agoraphobia. The reason for her agoraphobia is not revealed until much later in the story, but she spends her days watching old, black and white movies, spying on her neighbors from the safety of her home, and drinking buckets of Merlot. Just like every Hitchcock movie you’ve ever seen, she witnesses a crime. But when she reports it, no one believes her because she comes off as a drunk, mentally unstable woman. Which by all counts is not wrong.

There is more to the story, of course. I figured out the twist pretty early on but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book overall. I will say this, why so much booze? There is a booze reference on every page. Anna’s condition was enough to make her the unreliable narrator of our dreams but the constant mention of Merlot drove me absolutely nuts and reminded me a lot of the protagonist from The Girl on the Train.

The movie trailer looks really good:

It was a fun read. Deception everywhere. An unreliable narrator who drinks FAR too much but I liked her. I can see why so many picked this one up.

Source: Purchased
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