MYSTERY

What Rose Forgot

St. Martin’s Minotaur:. Sept. 2019. ISBN 9781250207135. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250208033. THRILLER.
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Barr, author of the acclaimed “Anna Pigeon” mysteries, offers this stand-alone that follows a woman through drug-induced memory loss and confinement in a memory care unit. At 68, Rose Dennis has no recollection of what happened in her life that would require her placement in a nursing home. Finally escaping from the institution, Rose, with help from her 13-year-old granddaughter and her sister, pieces together the mystery that has robbed her memory. Like Park Ranger Anna Pigeon, Rose is a strong-willed, resourceful woman who moves forward no matter the odds. She uncovers a corrupt plot of nursing home officials and greedy relatives seeking to get their hands on family fortunes. Just how Rose fits into such a plot is deliciously described by Barr, who captures readers’ attention in a plot that becomes more detailed and interconnected with each page. For baby boomer readers who are near Rose’s age, the intricacies of her story will be compelling and perhaps a bit scary.
VERDICT 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.

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