Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan


Length: 353 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say:

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 Review: This was most definitely one of the most talked about and lauded books in Ireland this year. Every Facebook group I was on was raving about it, so many bloggers had read it, and it was all over Twitter so it was high up on my ‘to read’ list. While I must say I would definitely read the author’s work again, I have to say it wasn’t the standout I had hoped it would be, maybe it couldn’t have lived up to everyone’s praise of it, but, sorry, I digress.

So to start off with, what a premise! Emily is filled with guilt when she tells a young lady with a child in a buggy to go out in front of her one day. The lady is poised and perfect in Emily’s eyes, and when she is killed by a car, Emily is devastated, and begins to try to get to know everything about the woman. Emily is a weak character personality wise from the off, and was great in making the book that little bit more headachy, you know when you’re so engrossed in the lead that you kind of move along in a haze following every last action? I really enjoyed this aspect of the book and could actually see how she justified moving into Rose’s life.

Saying that there were some moments that made it head into absurd territory, and these were a pity. As well as this, me being pernickety as I am, I had some editing issues, the repetition of words being one, and also the method of writing to avoid use of pronouns by just cutting them out. I’m by no means a grammar expert, in fact the opposite, and I’m all for short punchy sentences, and actually not usually a fan of reviews that act as an editorial critique (sorry!), but this happened so many times I found myself subbing in words, which is not something you want to do when reading.

Saying that I never moved to put it down and did want to see what happened to Emily and enjoyed both settings and descriptions. So I suppose I’m putting myself on the fence here.

Rating: Unfortunately a 3/5


3 thoughts on “Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan

    • I’ll be honest I was surprised I didn’t gel with it because it was so talked up-the first time I saw it was in the newspaper and then saw it as an Eason’s pick then bloggers, Facebook groups, the lot. Most people raved so I might have just been overly pernickety but it just didn’t wow me (notice I’m not saying ‘don’t’ but … )


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