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Review: Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan

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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.

Review
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.

April 2019 Overview + May 2019 TBR

Oh April! What a busy, busy time but it brought back my reading mojo, so I'm just too too thankful for this month. Throughout April, I was able to complete two books, both books I enjoyed.

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Apple of my Eye was my second read from author, Claire Allan. I loved, loved, loved Her Name Was Rose when I read it last year and was super pumped to read another thriller from her. I didn't love this one as much but Allan is a Must Read thriller author for me now.    

The second book I finished was The Cabin at the End of the World. This was a book I had heard a lot about and I was thrilled when I was able to grab it as a Kindle deal last year. This was my first time reading Paul Tremblay, though I don't think it will be my last.  I'm working on a review for this but I will say I did enjoy it!    

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At the end of the month, I am currently listening to Becoming and finishing up Unraveling OliverBecoming is just delightful and I highly recommend listening to the audiobook if this is a book you have been interested in checking out. While I love the writing in Unraveling Oliver, I am sad to report that I am not enthralled with this story just yet. This was one I assumed I was going to love so I'm sad that it's really kinda meh for me right now. 

 In regards to adding to my collection, I didn't really add too much. I decided to put my Audible account on hiatus while I continue to listen to my back catalogue. To use up the credits I still had, I decided to pick up two books on my wish list, Educated and The Death of Mrs. Westaway. No Kindle books this month! I'm actually surprised by that....I didn't buy any physical books BUT I did participate in my first book swap and my partner picked two books for me that I cannot wait to read! I have heard such great things about both The Goldfinch and If We Were Villains and  was thrilled that those were the ones she chose from my wishlist!

 
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Now, as for my May TBR.... I am not 100% sure what I want to read. I know that I will be starting Daisy Jones and the Six soon, as well as The Last Time I Lied for a buddy read with Jessica from Where The Bookends. Other than that, I'm not sure! I know my next few books will be picked from this stack as the rest of my books are still packed up.I feel like my May is going to be full of great, great reads.

What are your plans for May?