Her Name Was Rose

Her Name Was Rose

by Claire Allan

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Overview

The USA Today bestseller

‘AMAZING. I read it in one go. I was totally hooked.’ MARIAN KEYES

‘Utterly addictive. Compulsive, twisty, tense.’ CLAIRE DOUGLAS, author of Local Girl Missing

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008300142
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 355,164
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Claire Allan is an Irish author who has previously written women’s fiction. A former journalist, this is her first psychological thriller.

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Her Name Was Rose 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I really enjoyed the author's writing style. I'm American, but I tend to gravitate toward novels from "across the pond", so I was surprised I hadn't heard of her before, then discovered this was her first time in the thriller/suspense genre (I'm not generally a fan of "women's fiction", so I'm glad she branched out). Secondly, the story kept me wondering about what was going to happen and I found myself looking forward to getting back to it when I had to put it down to do "real life" stuff. Even though the story was "wrapped up" at the end (nicely done epilogue), I think most readers would like to read more about the main characters and a series involving them would be well-received.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a netgalley of Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan, in exchange for an honest review. Emily has witnessed a horrific accident. In order to come to grips with it she immersed herself in another woman's life. As she gets in deeper she starts to see that things are not always as they seem. This thriller hold your interest and could not be put down. I highly recommend,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One day, a young woman is riding on an elevator with another young woman and her young son. The first young woman allows the second woman and her child to exit the elevator before her, then the woman walks into the street and is hit by a car and killed. Her Name Was Rose was a crazy ride through the eyes of Emily, a young woman who does a kindness for someone else and ends up caught in the turmoil of the dead woman's life. But Emily is also not necessarily innocent, as she purposely makes her way into Rose's life, taking her job, becoming "friends" with her husband, and getting attached to Rose's son. Emily finds out the hard way that, although she thought Rose's life was perfect, the truth is much more sinister.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emily D’Arcy, age 34, was preparing to cross the street but allowed a young mother pushing a baby to go before her. Just then, a car sped through hitting and killing the mother but the child was safe. Emily wonders if it was her abusive ex-boyfriend, Ben, who had meant to run her down. She is so traumatized by it all that she decides to attend the funeral. The young woman’s name was Rose Grahame and she was married to an author named Cian who appears to be grieving his wife. Having lost her job when it was discovered she attended a funeral instead of a medical appointment as she said, she decided to apply for the job that Rose had at a dental office. While it seemed a bit morbid, it was just what she needed. She was so happy to get the job and settled in with the other office workers very well. Emily had been quite depressed after her relationship with Ben and still used pills and alcohol to calm her. The police discover that it was a young teenager who ran down Rose and then took off. However, he was later found dead floating in a river. The police figure he committed suicide due to his guilt. When Cian brings his young son into the dental clinic for a checkup, he and Emily click as she she shows her sympathy for him. However, Cian and the dentist, Owen, do not like each other. What is going on and what truly happened to Rose? Was it a hit-and-run or something or more sinister? This is a good book with a twisting story. Emily is a woman with low self-esteem, but who wants to have a happy life. The characters are well-written and I never saw the twist at the end coming. This is a must read. Copy provided by NetGalley and Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Emily lets a woman and her child step out in front of her and then watches a car plow into her, killing her instantly. Her name was Rose. Emily is certain that it was her fault ... she should have been the one hit by a car ... the one who died. She gets mired in Rose's life. She follows her facebook pages, she even applies for the job that Rose had held. She makes Rose's friends her own. She wants the happiness that Rose lost .. a handsome man who treasured her, a child she loved passionately, good friends, family. All the things that Emily had never had. But you know what they say ... be wary of what you wish for ... you just might get it. This is a peek into a woman's life who wants more ... she wants what someone else has had. She also carries a secret with her .. a secret past that she definitely is hiding. And she's not the only one with a secret. But someone else's secret could be deadly. This was suspenseful, although just a tad predictable. The ending did come as a surprise, though. This is the first I've read of this author, but would not hesitate to read her others. Many thanks to the author / Avon Books UK / Netgalley / Edelweiss for the digital copy of this psychological thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
JulieB More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 ⭐️’s! The author stated this was her first psychological thriller and it had a little too much romance for me. But it was well written and the twists and secrets kept me turning pages! “When a person dies young, we so often say they had so much more to give.” It was an awful hit and run and she was killed instantly...her name was Rose. The story is told through the eyes of Rose and Emily. Rose was killed as she was pushing her young son — Jake — across the street in his buggy. Emily witnessed the tragic event and becomes obsessed with Rose. She attends her funeral and starts stalking her social media account. Rose had a job she loved and coworkers that adored her. Emily has a dead-end job and a shit-show life — so she drinks too much. Rose was a young mother — married to an attractive and successful author — with a gorgeous toddler. Emily is sad and spends her nights alone. Rose lived in a stunningly beautiful house, while Emily rents a small flat she can barely afford. Emily wants more. She successfully gets a job where Rose worked. Then she meets the grieving widower — Cian. She offers to lend an ear if he ever needs to talk, and is thrilled when he invites her over for tea. The house is spectacular — even though Rose’s cheerful face and her radiant smile are plastered everywhere. And little Jack is so adorable, with his delightful laugh that is infectious. Emily can see herself living here. She yearns for the picture-perfect life Rose had.
readers_retreat More than 1 year ago
An engaging read from the first page to the last - it does start out as a slow-burn but picks up pace towards the end, and I couldn't put it down. A powerful and emotional psychological thriller, it keeps you guessing right the way through. It had me fully engaged and had an ending that I didn't predict. The book does tackle the sensitive subject of domestic violence in a respectful way, which I admired. Emily, the protagonist, is a character I could not warm up to. I don't wish to reveal anything to potential readers so I will just say that she is a teeny bit cray cray! HER NAME WAS ROSE gives the author plenty of room to grow into her next fiction novel, I would read her next book although it wouldn't be at the top of my to-be-read pile. Many thanks to Avon for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.