My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Goodreads rating: 3.70 with 2,790 ratings (as of 2/6/2020)
In New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr’s gripping standalone, a grandmother in her 60s emerges from a mental fog to find she’s trapped in an Alzheimer’s Unit in a nursing home. How does she convince anyone that she’s not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn’t sure she sounds completely sane.…Synopsis from Goodreads
200 Word Review
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
When I selected Nevada Barr’s latest, What Rose Forgot, I did not realize how difficult it would be for me to read it. My mother-in-law, Rose, had memory issues and forgot…well, almost everyone. The premise of the story is Rose, a 60ish-year-old grandmother wakes from a mental fog to discover she was placed in a memory care unit of a nursing home. No one believes Rose so, with the help of her sister, granddaughter and her granddaughter’s friend, so struggles to figure out who is responsible.
Having experienced what my Rose struggled through I understand why no one believed Rose. Many of the ways the group works to prove Rose is sane requires a suspension of disbelief. After escaping the nursing home, she sneaks back in to have her “not a hacker” sister hack into the computer files. She takes time to meditate while people are trying to kill her. Lastly, after all of the physical activities she is forced to do, she is able to continue doing more of them without too much pain.
Still, the story was enjoyable. I have added several of Nevada Barr’s books, especially her Anna Pigeon mystery series, to my “want to read” list.