What Rose Forgot

What Rose Forgot

Book - 2019
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In New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr's gripping standalone, a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she's trapped in her worst nightmare Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she's been committed to an Alzheimer's Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she's "not making it through the week, " Rose is convinced that if she's to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape. The only problem is--how does she convince anyone that she's not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn't sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her. With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel's friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back--to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they're holding all the cards.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
ISBN: 9781250207135
Branch Call Number: FIC BARR
Characteristics: 304 pages


From Library Staff

Jodi's Pick: "This book was a fun romp, perfect for giving yourself that much needed bit of escapism while dealing with the bombardment that was reality during this past year. My favourite thing in this book was its main character, Rose Dennis. It was refreshing to see a protagonist that was... Read More »

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Feb 23, 2021

This is the first Nevada Barr book I have read. I found it quite unbelievable for the first 100 or so pages - that a woman of her age would be capable of doing all the things she did. Once I got past that, it was okay. Quick read but not one I would recommend.

Jan 26, 2021

Widow in her sixties is involuntarily placed in a memory loss ward where she is expected to die quickly, making someone wealthy. She escapes, recovers from poisoning, and brings the felons to justice. Off the medications, she is once again mentally sharp. Not Barr's best effort, but a satisfactory quick read.

Sep 26, 2020

I very much liked this book. A departure from Anna Pidgeon for sure but it's nice to see she is willing to venture from the tried and popular.
The relationship Rose has with her granddaughter and other goings-on may be a little far fetched but I felt it added to the charm of this story.

Jul 09, 2020

This was a pretty good mystery. I think it’s supposed to also be a comedy. That mostly work for me. I was suspending disbelief a little more than I like to, but it was fun to read something quirky and different.

Feb 29, 2020

I read my first Anna Pigeon mystery by Nevada Barr almost 30 years ago. I enjoyed following the series, but I had no idea that Ms. Barr was so funny. This book has one-liners that have me laughing out loud despite the fact that someone is attempting to murder the protagonist. To be continued... There is a great "page turner" ending - I had a little concern about the involvement of Rose's granddaughter, but... You will have to read the book to find out the resolution. Recommend Kristi & Abby Tabby

Feb 01, 2020

Kept me guessing and intrigued through to the end. Nevada Barr knows how to create suspense and good action sequences. Rose is a formidable heroine.

Jan 18, 2020

A fun, wacky new character from Nevada Barr - if you like the Stephanie Plum series, you will love this book. Read it in 2 sittings and hope Ms. Barr writes a new Park Ranger Pigeon book, but also love this fun break.

Jan 15, 2020

Such a fun read. Totally unexpected. Big fan of Nevada Barr so picked this up automatically. Great depiction of inter-generational relationships and how they skip.

Jan 13, 2020

A stand-alone from Barr, the author of the Anna Pigeon mystery series (which I love). Definitely a much different tone from the Anna series; this story of senior citizen Rose, her mysterious circumstances, and how she tries to figure them out is much lighter than the series. I think Barr was going for "delightful" but for me it was silly. Not for me, even though Barr's writing is as skilled as ever.

Jan 11, 2020

Delightful, but as in her previous books, Nevada Barr has her heroine as agile as an Olympic gymnast...at 68. Accept that, and you're on your way with Gigi aka Rose.

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