Her Name was Rose - Claire Allan
Reading Challenge Category: Just really wanted to read it!
Her name was Rose. You watched her die. And her death has created a vacancy. 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.
While I read ‘Her Name was Rose’ I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Was Rose killed in a simple accident or was there something more sinister afoot? What was Emily’s involvement? Was she a simple bystander, or was there something more to her being present when Rose was killed? The anticipation of finding out the truth kept me hooked and turning the page as quickly as I could to see what the big twist or unveiling would be. The story itself, though, is quite a slow burn. It starts off immediately with Rose being killed in a hit and run. We see everything happening through Emily’s voice. Emily is a little unhinged, so it is hard to take everything she is telling us for a fact. She also makes some questionable decisions. There are then the random chapters in the past told by Rose. Her perfect life that has been displayed on Facebook was unravelling and wasn’t everything it seemed. So what on earth happened? Unfortunately, the ending was a bit of a let down for me. I hadn’t really taken to Emily as a character, and I expected it to conclude in a certain way, but I was disappointed. Even though there is a twist, it is so unexpected it sort of felt like it had just been shoved in there for the shock factor. It, unfortunately, fell a little flat and seemed a bit too far-fetched. I’d been really looking forward to reading this book, as I’d loved the author’s later works. I’d moved it up my TBR pile and made it a priority. This isn’t something I often do as new releases get my attention before any back catalogue books. I’m thinking the author found her stride in her later novels and with this being her debut it got all the attention but wasn’t her best. It certainly had a different premise from many books I have read, but I wanted more from it.