What Rose Forgot

What Rose Forgot

by Nevada Barr

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250208033
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 678
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

NEVADA BARR is a novelist, actor, and artist best known for her New York Times bestselling, award-winning mystery series featuring Anna Pigeon. A former National Park Service Ranger, she currently lives with her husband in Ashland, Oregon.
Nevada Barr is the author of the series of New York Times bestselling novels featuring Anna Pigeon, a law enforcement park ranger. Her novels include Winter Study, Borderline and Burn. She won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel for Track of the Cat. Like her character, Barr worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger before resigning to write full time. She had postings to such parks as Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas (where Anna Pigeon was created) and Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. She lives in New Orleans.


Clinton, Mississippi

Date of Birth:

March 1, 1952

Place of Birth:

Yerington, Nevada


B.A., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 1974; M.A., University of California at Irvine, 1977

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What Rose Forgot 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous 24 days ago
This is a delightful mystery. I really loved the relationship between the Rose and her teenage grand daughter Mel. The dialogue between them is wonderful. Someone needs to option this immediately for a movie!
Anonymous 23 days ago
paigereadsthepage 28 days ago
The plot synopsis provided for this novel is extremely accurate, so I will just be reviewing my likes, dislikes, and other thoughts. I enjoyed the character of Rose: a yoga doing, meditating, mantra chanting, spunky step-grandmother. Her character was interesting, unique, and easy to relate to. Rose was simply awesome, and I love her! I also fell in love with her sister, Marion, and loved Marion’s character. On the other hand, most of the events that unfold are far-fetched, so you must read with an open mind. Too add to that statement, sometimes the action occurring in the scenes was hard to follow. I had to go back and re-read the page or paragraph and still didn’t comprehend the directional imagery occurring, meaning that some scenes I had a difficult time picturing in my mind because of enigmatic descriptions. This book is filled with humor, but also serious topics. The humor lies within Rose herself; her take on things not as a senile old lady, but as person with a flamboyant and tickled personality. Though Rose’s humor will cause you to giggle, the sensitive situation that can occur in care units and nursing homes creates an atmosphere of unease and mystery for the reader. The central theme focuses on ageism and the labyrinth of navigating the waters extended family. While at times I was concerned with Rose and her circumstances, other times I felt detached. It was entertaining, but not a spellbinding page turner. For me, the unique characters are what made this so enjoyable. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press, NetGalley, and Neverra Barr for a copy. Opinions are my own.
Anonymous 8 hours ago
so very good! all Nevada Barr books are great but this one had me going between real or the figment of a delusionzl mind right up to the end!
Anonymous 10 hours ago
Nevada Barr is well known for her series of novels featuring Park Ranger Anna Pigeon. What Rose Forgot is not an Anna book but a standalone. It involves the reader in the story of Rose, a woman in her late 60s. When the story begins, Rose wakes up in the woods in a confused state. It takes her time to return to some version of reality when she then meets up with two young boys. They kindly arrange to contact the dementia care center where Rose has been living. She does not feel that she belongs there though and the book is about how she got there and why. Along the way, readers meet those who help Rose to understand and solve the mystery of what has happened to her. This book has gotten excellent editorial reviews. To me, it was an okay read. I could not quite become immersed in the story. Still, you may enjoy it, especially if you have read other books by the author. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Anonymous 9 days ago
This really IS your mother's book. Give it to her! A real break from the standard mystery or thriller.
ConR 9 days ago
I know Nevada Barr's work from her Anna Pigeon series and I really liked that writing. It's been a couple of years since I've read one, though. This book shows another, more intense side of Barr's writing! Written as almost a stream of consciousness, this book had me wondering whether to laugh or cry! And I'm not sure I can visit a nursing home any time soon without giving everyone a second or third perusal! In the end, it left me wishing I knew someone like Rose. My final word is that if you chose this book because Nevada Barr wrote it, you MIGHT be in for a surprise!
nookerCB 10 days ago
When I started this book I was totally confused. But once the author pulled herself out of all her alliterations and imagery, it became clear why. A terrorized mind is indeed a terrible thing. And Rose is indeed terrorized. One woman must break her bonds of mental instability with the help of her granddaughter and her sister, even though they aren’t sure she isn’t really suffering from some kind of dementia. Are they humoring her or helping her? At this point the book evolves into a funny at times good old fashioned mystery as Rose regains herself. Her true personality emerges and you really like her and root for her, no matter where things take her. Then the book evolves once more into the topic of elder abuse and the truth behind that issue, which is truly sad. Once I got to know Rose, I knew nothing would stop her from succeeding. Just read it already!
Anonymous 10 days ago
Rose is in the middle of one of her yoga/meditation sessions when she realizes something’s not…quite…right. And when she opens her eyes to find she’s sitting outside by herself, dressed in nothing but a hospital johnny, it doesn’t take long to realize that nothing is quite right! When she’s “recaptured” by her “jailers,” we come to find out that Rose has managed to skip out of the Memory Care Unit at the local old folks’ home. But is Rose really demented? With all of the medication the nurses continue to give her, it’s hard for her to figure out what is really going on. What to do? Hide those meds, of course, and then…escape. I have to say, this is the first book I’ve ever read by this author, and I’m not even sure what drew me to it in the beginning, since reading about an older woman with dementia just doesn’t sound like my usual book selection. BUT – what a wonderful ride it turned out to be! Full of suspense, humor, and wonderful characters, this one is going to be one of my top recommendations to come. Don’t be afraid of this one---I’m personally hoping Barr will find a way to make this into a series! NOTE: Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jolie 14 days ago
I was on the fence if I wanted to read What Rose Forgot. The blurb didn’t give me any insight into the book. What made up my mind was reading other reviews. Either people loved it, or they didn’t. I am glad that I read What Rose Forgot. It was an exciting, action-packed book. What Rose Forgot plotline was fast. There were a couple of times where the book did lag. The author was able to get the book back on track after the first time it lagged. The second time, though, it didn’t. Weirdly enough, the lag came at almost the very end of the book. I loved Rose!! I did wonder, for the first half of the book, if she was having issues with her memory. I did think to myself, “Does she have Alzheimer’s?” My question was answered in the second half of the book. I will say that Rose is a tough cookie, too. She took several beatings during the book that would have broken a lesser woman. I loved Rose’s relationship with Mel. Their exchanges made me smile and added some much-needed humor into the book. I liked that Rose treated Mel with respect. She listened to what she had to say and, most importantly, she didn’t treat her like a kid. She treated her like an equal, and I loved it!! I was saddened by how her stepsons treated Rose. Unfortunately, it is an accurate reflection of how our elderly get treated today. Put in nursing homes and forgotten about by their family. The mystery angle of the book was wonderfully written. I thought I had everything worked out, only to have my theory thrown out the window. I wasn’t shocked at who was behind everything, though. There were some significant clues dropped throughout the book. It was the other half of what happened that surprised me. I wasn’t a fan of the ending of What Rose Forgot. It seemed rushed to me. I can’t get into much without spoiling the ending. So, I will leave it at that.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Suspense and interesting characters contribute to a nonstop read! At one scene I laughed so hard I could barely catch my breath.
3no7 15 days ago
“What Rose Forgot” by Nevada Barr is a stand-alone book; it is a departure from her Anna Pigeon series. Readers have not had a new book from Barr in a while, and this new book is a reminder of her incredible writing skill and her ability to create a compelling plot with interesting new characters. The story takes place in North Carolina, starting out in an unusual place, the Memory Care Unit of a nursing home; not a place where readers would expect to find a charming and funny character such as 68 year-old, wealthy widow Rose, but charming and funny she is. She practices Yoga and has a unique outlook on life. Rose also finds herself in quite a dilemma, knows neither how she got into this place nor how she will get out. But get out she does, and along Roses’s journey readers encounter a variety of other interesting characters and family members including one sure to be a reader favorite, her endearing thirteen-year old granddaughter, Mel. In rose, Barr created a character that readers love as she tackles thought-provoking topics that no one loves, including ageism and complicated family relationships. Rose may at times feel like she has “been trampled by a herd of gnus,” her journey is captivating, riveting, touching, insightful, gutsy and memorable. The story is well written and fast paced, although some events stray from reality just a bit. “What Rose Forgot” is a book with edge-of-the-seat suspense and humor on every page. The suspense and drama gain momentum until the almost emotionally exhausting end. I received a review copy of “What Rose forgot” from Nevada Barr, St Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books. It is enjoyable, entertaining, and compelling. When I picked up a signed hard copy at a recent book signing, Barr shared that while this book will not develop into an ongoing series, there may be just one more book hovering on the horizon for Rose and friends. I cannot wait.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 16 days ago
I'll start by saying that this is my first Nevada Barr book and it was fantastic. I really liked the writing, it was easy to follow and made it easy to have a quick reading pace. It's written very clear and to-the-point type sentence structure which I liked. No worry about super long information dumping sentences. I thoroughly enjoy this book. The characters are fully formed and I enjoyed getting to know them and what made them tick, especially Rose. I loved Rose's spunk, strength and sense of humour. The plot was good and very exciting, it was intriguing and managed to keep me reading without boring me. And even though the ending didn't impact me like I wanted it to, it still surprised me and I'm happy with it. I didn't see that outcome or predict it beforehand which is nice. When you start a novel, you never know where it will lead you and I never knew what Rose forgot or where her escapades would lead us, books like this opens the mind to what is out there and what different paths are given and taken.
The_Brown_Bookloft 17 days ago
Wryly humorous twists and turns Summary: Rose Dennis wakes up sitting outside in a hospital gown and doesn’t remember how she got there. A young boy finds her wandering around dazed and dehydrated. Soon two men in white coats come and take her back to a facility where she is sedated. As Rose drifts in and out of consciousness, she becomes aware she is in a memory care unit for early onset Alzheimer’s patients. She hears two people talking about her in the hallway — one of them says that Rose isn’t expected to live out the week. Deep inside her addled mind, Rose knows something is very wrong and begins to plot her escape. Once she gets out, she contacts the two people she trusts: her teenage grand daughter and her older sister. Her sister, Marion, is an agoraphobic computer nerd and her grand daughter, Mel, is extremely resourceful. With Mel’s help, Rose heads to her house, the home she shared briefly with her husband until he died suddenly. Still full of unpacked boxes, the house is a temporary haven at best. She knows someone will be looking for her. When a man breaks in and tries to kill her, she realizes she must figure out who is behind the plot to get her out of the way before it’s too late. Comments: This book was a lot more fun to read than the synopsis would suggest. What Rose Forgot is a bright and witty book in the usually tense and gloomy thriller genre. There are lots of unexpected wryly humorous twists and turns. It is obvious very early in the novel that there is nothing wrong with Rose’s mind and she becomes a very likeable main character — I’d love to have her as a neighbor! Many years ago I read several books in Nevada Barr’s “Anna Pigeon” mystery series. This is a standalone novel. It was so much fun to read that now I want to go back and read her series again. I should start at the beginning because I have no idea which ones I read. Highly recommended for readers of Thrillers and Suspense novels who are looking for something a little different. Mystery readers and those familiar with her other books may enjoy this too. I sure did!
Caroldaz 18 days ago
A fun mystery with the feisty grandmother Rose and her smart-as-a-whip granddaughter Mel. Rose very much reminded me of Miss Marple. Rose wakes up and finds herself in the Memory Care Unit of a nursing home. She has no idea how she got there or why. What she does know is that she is not ‘demented’. Rose manages to avoid the drugs she is being given and escapes the nursing home. Then the adventure starts. Rose is determined to find out who is responsible for putting her in the home and who wants her dead and why. She has the help of her sister and her devoted granddaughter, Mel. Full of humor and mystery this is a delightful read. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Teri1957 21 days ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I, like others, have read every Anna Pigeon book written by Barr but this book is nothing like any of that series. #1 This book attempts to make light of Alzheimer's disease, which is not a subject to make light of. AND #2 The book jumped around so much I felt like I should be locked up. Obviously I did not enjoy this book but I'm sure there are others who would.
Renwarsreads 22 days ago
This was my first time reading a Nevada Barr book. I chose it because it was a stand alone and I wanted to read something of hers. I thought this book was really good and it hit the ground running with Rose right from the start coming out of her medication induced stupor. I was rooting for her and was surprised that a woman of her age could do some of the the things she was able to do, but I guess years of yoga and activity kept her in great physical condition. It was a fun read for anyone who likes a mystery and always wants to root for the underdog!
Anonymous 22 days ago
I received an early copy from Netgalley for a fair and honest review. What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr. Is a fast paced thriller, with somewhat comical undertones. This was a very fun read with very likable characters. I enjoyed this book. Thanks again Netgalley.
ariannamclaughlin 22 days ago
This is my first Nevada Barr read and I was not disappointed! While it took me a chapter or two to get engaged in the story, once I was, I was hooked. We follow Rose a she tries to figure out what has happened to her and how her family may be involved. What set apart this from some of the other thrillers I've read recently was the dry humour populated throughout the book. It really added to the story. I also enjoyed how well Barr was able to craft characters of different generations and their relationships, particularly Rose and Marion. Thank you to #netgalley and the publishers for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
QuirkyCat 22 days ago
What Rose Forgot is the newest thriller from Nevada Barr – so you just know that this novel is full of action and chilling events. This novel is a standalone piece, so even if you’ve read nothing else by Nevada Barr, you’re safe to pick this one up and start reading. Rose is not your ordinary grandmother. For one thing, the last few years have been…different for her. Until one day she woke up in a hospital gown, with no idea of where she was or how long she had been held there. She just knew that she had been drugged – and that she needed to get out. And fast. What follows is a whirlwind of an adventure, as Rose uncovers who did this to her, along with the how’s and why’s. She makes friends and enemies along the way, and in general, has to be the most quirky little old lady you’ll ever read about. “Here’s the thing, since I’ve stopped taking the red capsules, my mind has gotten much clearer. I think I’m being intentionally drugged.” Warnings: What Rose Forgot touches upon some heavy subjects. But most of this you can guess from the description alone. There’s elder abuse, drugging and holding people against their will, and other elements that fit this general theme. What Rose Forgot was a fun and thrilling read – the perfect escape when you’re looking for something completely new and different. I hadn’t read anything by Nevada Barr before now – but I’ve heard plenty of her work before. And thus knew that this unique read was worth checking out. I originally picked up this novel because I loved the idea of Rose – an atypical protagonist with a lot to tell us. And frankly, Rose was hilarious, though the trials she went through were significantly less so. Rose went through so much during this novel – more than the average person could hope to deal with and come out on top. Yet she persevered. I want to emphasize that this was a fun read; there are several occasions in this novel that require you to suspend your disbelief. So it won’t be a good fit if you’re looking for a highly detailed thriller novel. But it is charming, in its own way. I think Rose gets most of the credit there. The whole plot ended up being something much larger than I expected – which is saying something, given the premise. There was a lot of meat hiding behind the darker tones, and it allowed for some freedom and experimentation on the writer’s part. And it certainly gave Rose more to deal with! I’m glad that I picked up What Rose Forgot. I won’t say that it was my favorite novel of this year, but it was an enjoyable and quick read. And I’m still utterly charmed by the main character. I almost wish she’d get her own mystery series…
Anonymous 22 days ago
I expected this to be a more die hard type mystery, but it actually was a bit lighthearted with some humor and adventure. The first couple chapters were disorientating and confusing, but then it cleared up and I realized that the main character probably felt that way too as she came out of a drugged haze. This ended up being quite a fun book with trying to figure out the bad guys. I enjoyed it.
tracygib 24 days ago
What Rose Forgot was such a charming mystery by Nevada Barr. Rose, terrified and confused, awakes from a groggy sleep to find herself alone with no recollection of how she arrived in the middle of the woods. When she is "captured" by nurses from a nearby memory care facility, she realizes that she has been admitted as a patient and has escaped. She struggles to shake away the fogginess of her mind and finds herself plotting another escape. She is sure that she is not meant to be there and is adamant that she does not have dementia. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this delightful tale, following Rose through her journey to uncover the truth of her intended demise. Nevada Barr, as usual, impressed me with her eloquent writing, casual humor, and endearing characters. I highly recommend this light mystery read to anyone looking for a quick, easy, and adorable book.
savannahsbooklist 24 days ago
Rose Dennis wakes up to find herself incredibly groggy, dressed in a hospital gown, and escaped from the Alzheimer's Unit of a nursing home. She's quickly caught and returned to the home, but Rose has no idea how she came to be there initially. When Rose overhears one of the hospital administrators comment that she won't make it through the week she knows something is terribly wrong and that she has to get out of there. She pretends to take her medication and acts the part of an old woman suffering from dementia while secretly hatching a plan of escape. But how do you convince people that you're not actually demented? Everything seems to be legitimate and the more Rose objects, the less sane she sounds. But when a hit-man shows up in her house in the middle of the night determined to kill her, Rose is convinced that she's not insane and someone is indeed trying to get rid of her. ⁣ ⁣ This book was quite a ride! Rose Dennis is practically a 68 year old ninja! This woman is outmaneuvering a hit man, perching precariously on rooftops, and outrunning people half her age. Many parts of this story are unbelievable and sometimes the dots are connected rather loosely. However, it's definitely a page turner and the adventure of this woman trying to reclaim her life is entertaining and compelling. I found the basic concept for this thriller to be original and quite terrifying -- the more a person argues that they're sane the more they sound like they aren't. What Rose Forgot was an enjoyable read that definitely took my mind for a spin. It was a little too far fetched and lofty for me to really connect with the characters which kept it from being a 4 or 5 star read for me. Nonetheless, it's a solid thriller that I enjoyed. |Thank you @minotaur_books @netgalley for the eARC #partner|⁣