Claire is an established author in her own right in women’s fiction, so for her to take a jump and go to the dark side of literature was a risk, but one that has certainly paid off. You get a feel for Claire’s ability to write from the very first page, and the storyline is a corker that will keep you guessing until the very end.
‘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.’
The detail in the characterisation is astounding. You really get to know the characters well, which is an aspect in reading that I love. This is a well thought-out read, full to the brim with different emotions, from anger to heartache. The story is told from the point of view of Emily, a lonely victim that witnesses a horrific death of which she was convinced was meant for her. She takes this unusual chance as an opportunity though, to get the life she has always wanted; to be part of a loving family. But not everything is as it seems…
Her Name Was Rose is primarily about domestic abuse and social media. It is a slow-burning and believable read, with plenty of suspense and powerful moments that leave you breathless trying to second-guess everyone’s secrets. Of which there are plenty.
We see an insight into Rose’s life via small passages that show us what she was like as a person, but more so that we can witness what her marriage was really like with Cian. So when Emily is shown a diary entry of hers, all the puzzle pieces start to fall into place, or so she thinks.
This is a classic case of not everything is as it seems. There are hidden layers, sub-plots galore and characters coming across holier than thou, when really they are the opposite. You can tell the research that Claire has undertaken with the subject of domestic abuse, and this is clearly portrayed and handled well within the story. I have no idea firsthand of what it is like, but this is what I would expect – a girl easily blinded by love when really she is the subject of such terror.
The storyline has a real hook that pulls you in, and the portrayal of the darker side in everyday life makes for entertaining reading. There is a lot you are left to think about with the immense plotting, but I am certainly hoping to see more of one or two of the characters in the future.
I would like to thank Sabah at Avon for inviting me onto the Blog Tour for Her Name Was Rose, and the above is entirely my honest opinion of the story. It is out now, so why not check it out, along with some of the others on the tour?