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What Rose Forgot

by Nevada Barr

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What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr
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  • Published Sep 2019
    304 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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.

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"Compelling...Fans who love Barr will devour this book, and readers who don't want to begin a multivolume journey with one character will delight in this new stand-alone title." - Library Journal (starred review)

"Thrilling action, madcap humor, and a larger-than-life cast energize this cleverly plotted take on a traditional mystery. Barr surprises and entertains from start to finish." - Publishers Weekly

"A tour de force that thickens its thriller plot with a razor-sharp view of its heroine's unreliable but perceptive mind." - Kirkus Reviews

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Kathy White

Recommend to my book club
Love the book and especially suspense of who done it. The Epilogue was the icing on the cake. Thank you for the read.

CarolT

Unexpected
This really IS your mother's book. Give it to her! A real break from the standard mystery or thriller.

Peg hannon

None.
Could not even finish it,it was so awful, I really don’t care what Rose forgot. I like Nevada Barr books,but not this one.

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Nevada Barr Author Biography

Nevada Barr is an award-winning novelist and New York Times best-selling author. She has a growing number of Anna Pigeon mysteries to her credit as well as numerous other books, short stories, and articles. She currently resides in New Orleans with her husband, four magical cats, and two adorable dogs. Nevada was born in the small western town of Yerington, Nevada and raised on a mountain airport in the Sierras. Both her parents were pilots and mechanics and her sister, Molly, continued the tradition by becoming a pilot for USAir.

Pushed out of the nest, Nevada fell into the theatre, receiving her BA in speech and drama and her MFA in Acting before making the pilgrimage to New York City, then Minneapolis, MN. For eighteen years she worked on stage, in commercials, industrial training ...

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