What Rose Forgot A Novel by Nevada Barr

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.

Editorial Reviews


“Gripping and spine-tingling, What Rose Forgot is sure to raise the hackles of lovers of psychological thrillers.” ―NY Journal of Books

“Compelling… Fans who love Barr will devour this book, and readers who don’t want to begin a multivolume journey with one character will delight in this new stand-alone title.” ―Library Journal (starred review)

“Thrilling action, madcap humor, and a larger-than-life cast energize this cleverly plotted take on a traditional mystery. Barr surprises and entertains from start to finish.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A tour de force that thickens its thriller plot with a razor-sharp view of its heroine’s unreliable but perceptive mind.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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