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ARC Review: Her Name was Rose by Claire Allan

Her Name Was RoseHer Name Was Rose by Claire Allan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to NetGalley and Avon for providing this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars
Release Date: 28th of June 2018

Her Name was Rose is a thriller about a woman named Emily witnessing a deadly car accident. The woman she let step out in front of her is killed and Emily is overcome with guilt. She is certain it was supposed to be her.
While still struggling with that traumatic event she loses her job and takes the opportunity to slip into Rose’s life, take her job and meet her coworkers, become friends with them. She wants the happiness she is sure Rose had. But was everything really that rosy?

I couldn’t put this book down. It took me completely by surprise how much I loved it right from the first sentence. Emily had a hard life, went through some pretty traumatic things in her past, abusive relationship and struggles to find a healthy balance in her life. It was very raw to read about her self-doubt, her anxiety and how she deals with all of it. Her thoughts rang very true and sometimes were word for word what a friend of mine had said to me. This made it all the more personal and emotional for me.

I wanted to simultaneously shake some sense into Emily, to make her see, and wrap her in a fluffy blanket and protect her from the world. But I could always understand her.
This book features some heavy topics, such as depression, suicidal thoughts and an abusive relationship. It treated those topics very carefully and showed perfectly how easy it is to slip into something you have no idea how and/or no energy left to try to get out of again.

I loved the writing style. It sucked me right into the story, made me understand and care for Emily. It was so uncomfortable at times, in a positive way. Some lines were very raw and definitely packed a punch.
I enjoyed how everyone was allowed his flaws. How Emily made some questionable choices, even if everything was understandable. How the book showed that sometimes we don’t want to see, we want to believe.

I especially enjoyed the middle part of the book, where the reader already knew at least a part of what was going on, even if Emily didn’t. It was nervewracking to read.
I did appreciate the end, though I didn’t love it as much as the beginning and middle part of the book. I don’t wanna say more than that as not to spoil anything. (Even though it is probably not that hard to guess how it ends. This book isn’t necessarily about the end, but more so the journey.)

All the major characters felt real and fleshed out. Owen, Donna, Emily and Cian. Their reactions were plausible and I could really see them all while reading. (Towards the end it was a tiny bit more cliche and over the top, but still all possible and believable)

Overall, couldn’t recommend this more. If you like Thrillers then this one is for you.
I’ll go and order the book now because I want that one on my shelf. I can definitely see myself rereading this.

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