Review for “Darling Rose Gold” by Stephanie Wrobel (2020)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The name of this book should be called “Crazy and Crazier.” It’s good though, ya’ll. Really good.
When the story opens, Patty Watts, the single mother of daughter Rose Gold Watts, has just been released from prison. Although it is never explicitly stated in the text, all indicators point to Patty having Munchausen’s syndrome, a mental illness that results in her abusing Rose Gold who had been under her continuous care for years, poisoning her through phony stomach ailments. As her release date nears, Rose Gold desires to reconcile with her mother and invites her to live with her and her infant son.
Once Patty comes home, the real action begins. Rose Gold has recovered physically, but it is evident early on that she has deep seated psychological issues, much like her mother. Mother and daughter attempt to reconcile in their time together but both are far from healed. Told in alternating chapters of both Patty and Rose Gold’s points of view, you get a glimpse into the twisted psyches of both.
I will not go into specifics of the plot because it will completely spoil the book. I will say though that when I finished reading it I closed my Kindle, looked at the wall and said: “well damn!”
This book is fast paced and fairly easy to read. Both of the main characters are unreliable narrators and in their own ways completely wretched, there are no real redeeming qualities for either. Both voices are flat and emotionless, and even though I hate that kind of storytelling in other books, here I loved it and thought it worked really well.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this book is greenlit for tv or a Netflix series. The level of drama here definitely insures an audience. Either way, I loved this book. 4.5 stars, friends…
2 thoughts on “Review: Darling Rose Gold”
I keep reading reviews from people who hated this book because they thought mental health was handled poorly. I’m not even sure what to think of that, especially when people who don’t have the same issues as the characters are making proclamations about how the character should behave and be treated to be more realistic. Even if the reviewers DID have the same issues as the characters, do they feel that everyone with a mental health situation behave the same way. Sometimes readers puzzle me….
Yeah, I’m a bit wary of the ‘they should be this or that way’ arguments when the truth is that very few people have a Munchausen’s diagnosis, if they get one at all. It’s still kinda unknown how they behave, we only hear about the cases that make it to the media. I am, though, always in the thumbs-down camp when I see mental illness romanticized, which tends to happen in a lot of novels now. There’s nothing ‘creative’ or rosy about bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. It’s really hell on earth, you know?