Stephanie Wrobel’s debut novel, Darling Rose Gold, is published in the USA and Canada today! (Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster Canada respectively)

This tantalising psychological thriller was published in the UK on 5th March with the title The Recovery of Rose Gold, and has already received a string of praise from bestselling authors and the press:

“Sensationally good – two complex characters power the story like a nuclear reaction, and won’t let you forget them.”  Lee Child

“Darling Rose Gold is an absolutely brilliant book; funny, dark, authentic and a total page turner. I loved it.”  Lisa Jewell

“It’s rare for something genuinely fresh to come along in this genre, but this book has it all – a killer premise, twisty plotting, crisp writing and compelling characters. Dazzling, dark and utterly delicious.”  JP Delaney

“A taut tale that will keep you guessing until the very end.” Kirkus Reviews

“Propulsive pacing, a claustrophobic setting, and vividly sketched characters who are equal parts victim and villain conspire to create an anxious, unsettling narrative.” Publishers Weekly

“With a genuine menace seeping from every twist and turn, the two central characters inhabit every page with captivating ferocity, and the denouement is worthy of Patricia Highsmith at her finest: quite superb”  Daily Mail

This adds to a long list of accolades the novel has received in the run up to, and following, UK publication.  It has been crowned by Goodreads as one of the “28 Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2020” and “33 Highly Anticipated Books of 2020“, as well as being named as one of Bustle’s The 20 Must-Read Books of 2020″.  More recently, it has been included in the Independent‘s round up of the “10 best debut novels that are so good you won’t put them down”. They said: “Told in alternating chapters by Rose Gold and Patty, this is a dark, nerve-jangling read that kept us on the edge of our seats till the very end.”

This novel, based on a toxic mother/daughter relationship, follows Rose Gold and her mother, Patty…

Mothers never forget. Daughters never forgive.
For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.

Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.

Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…

And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

Supported by major publishing campaigns, we are very excited to celebrate the publication of these editions, and reach more readers across the pond! 

Stephanie Wrobel grew up in Chicago but has been living in the UK for the last three years with her husband and dog, Moose Barkwinkle. She has an MFA from Emerson College and has had short fiction published in Bellevue Literary Review. Before turning to fiction, she worked as a creative copywriter at various advertising agencies.