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: 9781250207135
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 14,256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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.


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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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!
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paigereadsthepage More than 1 year 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.
Philomath_in_Phila 7 days ago
‏I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. When I selected Nevada Barr's latest, What Rose Forgot, I did not realize how difficult it would be for me to read it. My mother-in-law, Rose, had memory issues and forgot...well, almost everyone. The premise of the story is Rose, a 60ish-year-old grandmother wakes from a mental fog to discover she was placed in a memory care unit of a nursing home. No one believes Rose so, with the help of her sister, granddaughter and her granddaughter's friend, so struggles to figure out who is responsible. Having experienced what my Rose struggled through I understand why no one believed Rose. Many of the ways the group works to prove Rose is sane requires a suspension of disbelief. After escaping the nursing home, she sneaks back in to have her "not a hacker" sister hack into the computer files. She takes time to meditate while people are trying to kill her. Lastly, after all of the physical activities she is forced to do, she is able to continue doing more of them without too much pain. Still, the story was enjoyable. I have added several of Nevada Barr's books, especially her Anna Pigeon mystery series, to my "want to read" list. This 200-word review was published on Philomathinphila.com on 2/9/20.
TiBookChatter 9 days ago
I'm not sure what I read. It’s quite possible that my review copy (ebook) was not quite finished or was missing key pieces because no matter how carefully I read, the story was disjointed. Very disjointed. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it if it’s a book you’ve read. From what I could gather, Rose wakes up in a hospital unit which specializes in Alzheimer’s. She is heavily drugged and overhears the nurses talking about how she “might not make it” and from the comments she overhears, she can tell that no one really cares if she does. She decides to make her escape. This is where it gets fuzzy. She leaves because she does not have Alzheimer’s and fears for her life but no where in the version I read does it explain why someone put her there. However, her escape and how she manages to turn the tables is quite entertaining. She enlists her sister and her young, thirteen-year-old granddaughter to help her and this kid is delightful. As you can tell, I don’t think I can accurately review this book because it seriously feels as if chapters were missing. Looking at the print there doesn’t appear to be any obvious issues. No dangling sentences or encrypted anything but the story made absolutely no sense.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I have read other Nevada Barr books, which is what pulled me towards this one. It was a change from what I was used to, but I quite enjoyed it. There were times when I felt the story rambled on unnecessarily, but underneath it all it is an entertaining story where a 68 year old woman finds that in order to save herself....she needs to be able to take control of what’s going on around her., which includes an escape from an over-medicated existence in a nursing home. With the help of her sidekick, granddaughter Mel, Rose goes on several escapades to ferret out the truth of how she came to be in the nursing home in the first place. Along the way, the free-spirited Rose finds that some things just aren’t what she expected them to be.....and she finds strength to do some unlikely things to get to the truth she needs to find. All in all....I can recommend it to other readers. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review, which this has been. #NetGalley, #WhatRoseForgot, #NevadaBarr
sue scheller 5 months ago
fast moving and entirely different type of mystery
Anonymous 5 months ago
I had high hopes for this one, because the premise was fantastic, but I feel like this book fell a bit flat for me. It's about a woman who wakes up in an Alzheimer's Unit and immediately feels like something is wrong. Why is she there? Who is she? However, I just couldn't get over some of the fantastical things in this book, like an old lady doing so many physical stunts...it was just a bit too much for me. I got about 30% into the book and then had to force myself to finish it.
Samantha1020 7 months ago
This is honestly one of the most fun books that I've read all year! I feel like I haven't read a lot of books featuring older main characters - Mrs. Pollifax's character by Dorothy Gillman is the first one that comes to mind. It's a shame because there is something to be said about a main character that has lots of life experiences behind them already. But I'm going off on a tangent there - anyways - I really, really enjoyed Rose's character. I don't think that it is too spoiler-ey to say that at first as the reader I wasn't sure if Rose had dementia or really what was going on. She isn't the most reliable of main characters mainly because her memory is so spotty thanks to all of the medications that she was on while in the nursing home. As the reader I wasn't sure if I could trust Rose's memories or even fully trust the reality of the events as they were happening which added a layer of suspense to the book. The thing about this book though was that reading about Rose's adventures was just so much fun! I could never tell what she was going to do next! Plus, you know that she in danger so it made me read even faster because I wanted to make sure that everything was going to turn out okay for her. I also really loved her granddaughter who was just as spunky as Rose is and her sister Marion. The book was also really fast paced so I flew through the pages of it. I actually had to slow down a couple of times and go back to reread sections of the book because I reading too fast just trying to see what was going to happen next! When I think back on this book, it makes me smile so that should really tell you all that you need to know in my opinion! Overall, I found this to be a delightful and suspenseful read that kept me turning the pages the entire time! It was a fun book to read and a nice change of pace from the thrillers that I tend to read. This book is more of a suspenseful mystery and it was just what I needed to change things up a bit. I really enjoyed this book and it was a nice reminder that I need to get back to her Anna Pigeon series very soon! Bottom Line: What else to say besides that this book was just a delight to read? Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher. Honest thoughts are my own.
Ei0914 8 months ago
Read it in one night. Last night in fact. I miss Rose already. I wish she were my girlfriend. Just loved this book.
mom2crgk 8 months ago
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book by Nevada Barr. I’ve read her entire Anna Pigeon series and it’s fantastic. This book was about a different main character, but it was classic Nevada Barr, which meant it kept me reading “one more chapter.” Hoping for more books from this great author very soon.
MarilynW-Reviewer 9 months ago
The book starts with Rose, dressed in only a hard to keep on hospital gown, outside the Memory Care Unit of a nursing home, trying to escape her captors, while she fights off a drug induced (or is it dementia induced) haze covering her thinking. Caught, drugged once again, and strapped down, outside her room she hears threatening words saying that she won't last the week. Rose knows she has to prevent being drugged into oblivion again, so she can escape this place and allow her body to shed the effect of the drugs she has been given. Sixty eight year old Rose is a hoot and so is her granddaughter, Mel. Their conversations are witty, funny, and sarcastic and these two are my favorite things about the book. Rose's fears are real and someone may want her dead sooner rather than later. Rose has a reclusive older sister who likes to poke and prod the internet (heaven forbid, do not call it hacking!) and her thirteen year old granddaughter who are willing to help Rose figure out the whats and whys of what is happening to her. Her granddaughter does remind her that she was a crazy person before she entered the nursing home, because she was into yoga, mediation, Buddhism, and to top it all off, she is an artist. Rose has a lot of misconceptions to fight and her late husband's family seems to be one of her biggest enemies. There are several long, detailed, confusing actions sequences that I could not follow well at all and that is my only reservation about the book. I loved the characters, their dialogue and Rose's inner running dialogue and even a newbie want-to-be assassin had me laughing once he faced up to his failures in life. I plan to give this author another read since I see she has a lot of books to offer. Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC.
Nanna51 10 months ago
Never having read a Nevada Barr book before, I really had no idea what to expect. What I found within that pages of this book was a well-written mystery with a “detective” who is accused of dementia and who has been placed in a nursing home. Escaping from her confinement, Rose Dennis is determined to find out who is trying to get rid of her and grab her inheritance. Told with wit and a dry sense of humor about aging, this story appealed to me because I am about Rose’s age. I enjoyed her reference to the things of the 60’s and 70’s since those were my years to mature into the adult I am today. Rose is everybody’s dream of a grandmother, smart and intuitive. The twist in the plot is that the reader has no idea if Rose is really “in her right mind” until close to the end of the novel. I recommend this book to fans of Nevada Barr and mystery fans everywhere. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
TheBookBag 10 months ago
I love Rose, and Mel, and Marion. I loved all of the endearing, zany characters in What Rose Forgot. This is a story of Rose, who finds herself locked up in a home, diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She realizes something is wrong and that she has to get out. And then the fun begins. I can't believe the predicaments that Rose finds herself in. I totally admire her resourcefulness and spunk as she gets the better of her would-be murderer and learns the truth behind all of her troubles. She counts on her quirky sister and her independent granddaughter to help her figure out who's behind all of this. I laughed at Rose's antics while also feeling her stress and pain as she worked through the mess of her life. I absolutely loved What Rose Forgot and love this other side of Nevada Barr's writing. I've been a huge fan of her Anna Pigeon series and this one is a complete departure from those books. I would love it if this became a series because I'm not ready to let Rose and her family go just yet.
Anonymous 10 months 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 months 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.
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Anonymous 11 months ago
This really IS your mother's book. Give it to her! A real break from the standard mystery or thriller.
ConR 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 12 months 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 12 months ago
Suspense and interesting characters contribute to a nonstop read! At one scene I laughed so hard I could barely catch my breath.
3no7 12 months 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 12 months 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.