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A chilling exploration into obsession, reconciliation and revenge in 2020's must-listen novel. 

Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for 18 years. 

She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair.... 

Turns out her mum, Patty, is a really good liar. 

After five years in prison Patty Watts is finally free. All she wants is to put old grievances behind her, reconcile with her daughter - and care for her new infant grandson. When Rose Gold agrees to have Patty move in, it seems their relationship is truly on the mend. 

But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty won't rest until she has her daughter back under her thumb. Which is inconvenient because Rose Gold wants to be free of Patty. Forever. 

Only one Watts will get what she wants. 

Will it be Patty or Rose Gold? 

Mother, or daughter? 

©2020 Stephanie Wrobel (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Mrs. Lindsay P. Tonner
  • 17-04-20

twisted

Wow! If you like dark and twisted then strap yourself in for a while ride! My initial thoughts after reading the blurb and starting the book was that this was going to be a fictional re-hashing of the true crime case of Gypsy Lee and DeeDee Blanchard and I thought there would be some similarities with the memoir Sickened. I was wrong. It does seem at first that it will be a fairly straightforward novel about Munchausen by Proxy. A sick mother creating a sick daughter… and to an extent it is that. It is about a sick mother and she does create a sick daughter… a very sick daughter. The novel is an edge-of-your-seat game of cat and mouse. It is like a deadly game of chess but without knowing which character to root for. I have never been so confused by what evil looks like and who the “bad guy” was. It really put a spin on what I expected and had a thoroughly gripping ending. A highly entertaining whirlwind of book!

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  • RosePetal86
  • 18-02-21

Gripping

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I loved both characters what a page Turner

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  • Penny W.
  • 20-11-20

A skilled spin on a push and pull plot

I really enjoyed this book. Wrobel is a skilled character writer and what stood out for me was the way she fully realises Patty and Rose Gold without delving in to long storylines about the suffering they have both endured together and in their seperate childhoods. This topic (munchausens/child abuse) is often covered in very dark, emotionally draining and sometimes “torture porn”y books and it was interesting to see it handled here in a book that is more focussed on a suspenseful unravelling of a mystery. Instead Patty and RG come to life through their thoughts and words, the language of their needs; Patty entitled and controlling, always put upon and needing praise, Rose Golds understandable mix of her childish need for attention and her absolute suffering at the hands of adults. The story takes you along with it and you want to know what happens the end, but this is what stood out for me. Wrobel is definitely one to watch!

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  • J. M. Levey
  • 21-04-20

excellent

thoroughly enjoyed this book, an intriguing story well told. it certainly kept me guessing and the way it was told from the 2 perspectives and time periods was very effective. will definitely be recommending to friends

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-21

Doesn't quite hit the mark

This story doesn't quite hit the mark.
There is so much potential but it just is lacking something too make it a must read.
Its an okay listen, and it has a few really good omg moments but I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this

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  • Blackcornish
  • 28-03-21

American narration

Generally good story, plot pretty guessable, but I enjoyed it overall. American narration slightly grating, but you get used to it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-10-20

Excellent

This was so much better than I was expecting. A solid story and it was not predictable. Refreshing that the story was entirely plausible.