The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel. (2020).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Rose Gold believed she was sick for 18 years; believed that she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair… turns out her mother Patty is really good liar. After 5 years in prison Patty is finally free and wants to put everything behind her, and to reconcile with her daughter and new baby grandson. When Rose Gold agrees for Patty to move in, it looks like their relationship is on the mend. But is she still the easily pliable young girl she was? And is Patty still as keen on settling an old score?
Because if mothers never forget then daughters never forgive…
What a debut for this author! I found myself quite enthralled by this novel; such a fascinating albeit sad concept. Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a real disorder and victims of this suffer needlessly so it’s quite a disturbing subject really. This novel is narrated by both Rose Gold and Patty; very quickly the reader’s sympathies are definitely with Rose Gold and you are wondering why on earth she is letting her abuser stay with her and her small baby. However, Rose Gold displays some behaviours that make you wonder if she’s stable after what she’s suffered, so at times she feels like an unreliable narrator. While I questioned some of Rose Gold’s actions, I still had sympathy for her whereas I had no real positive feelings towards Patty at all.
Overall, this is a very clever and engaging psychological thriller that I found to be very enjoyable and would happily recommend.