Her Name Was Rose

Review: Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan


Book: Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan [goodreads | amazon]
Genre: Fiction, mystery, thriller
Format: eBook, provided by NetGalley free for review
Rating: 4 stars
Cover Rating: 3 stars

When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines that split second will change her life. But after Emily watches a car plough into the young mother – killing her instantly – she finds herself unable to move on.

And then she makes a decision she can never take back.

Because Rose had everything Emily had ever dreamed of. A beautiful, loving family, a great job and a stunning home. And now Rose’s husband misses his wife, and their son needs a mother. Why couldn’t Emily fill that space?

But as Emily is about to discover, no one’s life is perfect … and not everything is as it seems.

Cover Review
I love the colors for this book. The pink on top of the cool tone blue is really popping to me and the color combo is something that I really respond to in various formats (especially yarn). I’m not sure how I feel about the blocky letters taking up the majority of the cover. While the rose stands out to me, it took a few viewings to really notice the woman, which I found very interesting. Overall, I really enjoy this cover and it was definitely one of the reasons why I chose to ask for an ARC of this book.

One of my favorite things about being a member of NetGalley is that I am getting introduced to new/new-to-me authors on a regular basis. Sometimes, I ask for ARCs, sometimes I just write it down to check out later. This was definitely one I knew I did not need to wait until later to read.

Her Name Was Rose offers a joy ride down familiar thriller lane, with Claire Allan putting her own marks on the territory to really make it her own. With interesting characters, beautiful writing, and a fun story, Allan will definitely be an author I check out in the future.

In this story, we follow Emily. Emily has witnessed the death of a complete stranger — the death that she feels (for a few reasons), she is the blame for. Thanks to the Internet age, Emily is able to find out all she needs about this woman. Rose, it would appear (based on the brief encounter Emily had with her and her son plus the social media presence Rose made sure to keep), had the life that Emily dreamt of. Loved and adored by a husband and coworkers; missed by many; beautiful; happy. It doesn’t take long before Emily is just completely enraptured in the life that Rose had. So…Emily decides to put herself into that life.

It seems innocent enough…I suppose. Emily gets a job at Rose’s old workplace. She befriends her old coworkers. And, eventually, befriends Rose’s widower. The deeper she gets into this picture perfect life, the more she realizes that nothing is what she had imagined.

One thing I enjoyed about this book was how well Allan used the multiple perspective writing style, giving us the current story through Emily’s eyes while giving us a deeper look into Rose’s past. And while I did really enjoy this one, it took a bit to get into. (I made note that Chapter 6 was incredibly well done and that I was really into the book about 41% through, as well as a “Emily GIRL whatchudoin???” note 70% through, hah.) Once I was in, though, I found myself completely enthralled with these characters. And even now, a month or so since I’ve finished the book, I still wonder about Rose and Emily.

There is an epilogue. I have weird feelings, usually, about epilogues, but this one was fine. It gave the closure I needed and I felt like the endings for everyone worked out fine.

I very much recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers and mysteries. I think if you’ve been wanting to try these genres out, I think this could be for dipping your toes into the genre.


This eBook was given to me for free for review purposes. All thoughts are my own. Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books and Claire Allan for the chance to read and review this book. 

This review was originally posted on The Book Cover Judge on July 23, 2018.

Five for Friday: Five Thrillers I Loved in 2018

I’ve been stuck on what my next theme for Five for Friday should be. I was thinking earlier today about some books I read last year that I really want to read again. I realized they all had a genre in common: thrillers (we’re all shocked, I’m sure). Since I’ve moved blogs, I’m sure a few of you reading weren’t around in 2018, so I definitely wanted to share my Top 5 thrillers I read in 2018.

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
This book received 5 stars from me. I loved it. I was obsessed with it. I received it as an eARC and went out and bought it the week it was published. Burton writes some amazing characters that I think about STILL to this day. This book lives in my mind constantly. I was reading The Arrangement by Robyn Harding recently and my brain was like “Nat and Louise could probably be friends.”. I’ve never thought that about a book/characters before, but my brain was making some connections that I am…intrigued by.

I feel like this is a must read for suspense/thriller fans. This is a tale of dark friendships, there’s murder, there’s intrigue, you don’t know who to root for — everyone’s awful, which adds to its greatness. I love it so much I can’t even talk about it in a way that I feel suits this book. Go read it. Just go.



Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
A strong 4/4.5 stars. This was my first time reading a Claire Allan book. I received it from Netgalley because the premise was interesting and I just loved the cover. Allan puts a great twist on the thriller genre and this book is a great example of that. Well written, more great characters, and a good plot with a great flow. This would be a quick read that I highly recommend.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Another strong 4 stars. You probably know that I am obsessed with Jewell and this is the book that started that obsession. I got this book from Book of the Month because the story sounded interesting and the cover was gorgeous. Jewell has a great talent of writing multiple perspectives. If you’ve not read a book from Lisa Jewell, I think this one is a great start!



He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
4 stars for this one. This was one of my favorite Audible listens of 2018! I have never read a book from Erin Kelly. This was another great example of writing mulitple perspectives. I remember listening to this and getting apprehensive about it. I remember turning it off a time or two because there were parts that were freaking me out. Great listen!

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
A very strong 4.5 star read! I love Robyn Harding. I first read The Party in 2017. When I saw this one was coming out, I knew I needed to have it. (I also just read The Arrangmeent which was SO GOOD!) This is another great example of multiple perspectives — that’s a bigger trend in the thriller genre than I realized — with an amazing plot, wonderful pacing, and again — fantastic characters.


There are my top five thriller reads of 2018! Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR?