Darling Rose Gold – Stephanie Wrobel

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Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Release Date: March 17, 2020

Sharp Objects
meets My Lovely Wife in this tightly drawn debut that peels back the layers of the most complicated of mother-daughter relationships…

For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.

Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.

Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…

And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.


Darling Rose Gold is a twisted story about a toxic mother-daughter relationship fraught by Munchausen by Proxy.

Darling Rose Gold is told through two perspectives: the mother’s, Patty, and the daughter’s, Rose Gold. Patty’s perspective is in the present while Rose Gold’s perspective starts in the past and slowly catches up with present timeline.

Readers quickly realize both women are severely unstable. Patty from her own childhood and Rose Gold from the childhood she suffered through under her mother.

Darling Rose Gold is a battle of fortitude and perseverance as readers watch both women attempting to outwit the other. It isn’t until the very end that Wrobel reveals who won this final battle.

The pacing is incredibly slow as Wrobel takes her time unraveling the characters and letting readers get to know the characters through their motivations and actions. With this in mind, the ending shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve been paying attention. However, the slow and methodical pacing goes out the window as the final few chapters are wrapped up too quickly.

Darling Rose Gold is compared to Sharp Objects. Unfortunately, Darling Rose Gold doesn’t hold a candle to Sharp Objects. Where Sharp Objects is subtle and well-thought out storytelling, Darling Rose Gold is brash and quick.

Overall, Darling Rose Gold is a quick read for those looking for a intimate look at a mother-daughter relationship with multiple layers of abuse and neglect as they attempt to outwit each other for the upper hand. Would I recommend it? Probably not. Sharp Objects is a much better iteration of this kind of story.

***I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.  


Have you read Darling Rose Gold? What did you think?

4 thoughts on “Darling Rose Gold – Stephanie Wrobel

  1. I haven’t read it- but it was on my list. I’m sort of relieved I got denied for the ARC I requested on Edelweiss. I’ve seen several reviews like yours and think I’m going to pass. Hope your next read is better!

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