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Her Name Was Rose

Narrated by: Melanie MacHugh
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
4 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)
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Summary

Rose Grahame had everything Alex D’Arcy dreams of. A handsome husband, a stunning home and a baby boy with twinkling blue eyes and a smile that would brighten the darkest of days. It’s a stark contrast to Alex’s life - her dead-end job, her borderline addiction to drink and pills, her failed engagement and her cluttered flat. But the women’s lives are about to collide - and nothing will ever be the same again.

Strangers in a lift in a shopping centre, Alex gestures to Rose to go ahead of her when they reach the bottom floor. But tragedy strikes when a car ploughs into the young mum - killing her instantly - before driving off at speed. But was this a tragic accident? Or was it more than that? And just how involved is Emily truly going to become?

With twists that will keep you guessing until the very end, Her Name Was Rose makes you question who you can really trust and if any of us are truly honest about ourselves in the social media obsessed world.

©2018 Claire Allan (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Amazing. I read it in one go. I was totally hooked." (Marian Keyes)

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A fantastic psychological thriller

I loved the semi-Sliding Doors concept of this novel i.e. you let a woman walk out the door before you and she is hit by a car when it should have been you. Claire Allan deftly works up the possibilities around this - was it an accident or intentional? Was the car actually meant for Emily or Rose? Emily has to get closer to Rose's apparently perfect life - and confront her own demons - to find out. The story is gripping and immersive - you'll feel like you work in that dentist's clinic - and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the different characters to life.

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An engaging & entertaining listen

‪I totally loved the @audibleuk version of “Her Name was Rose”. “Rose” is a thought provoking & addictive thriller. based in my home town, with lots of intriguing twists & a damn good ending”. Looking forward to reading (& hearing) more from the wonderful @ClaireAllan soon. ‬

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Gripping

Absolutely loved the book. Didn’t want to put it down but also sad it’s finished.

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Loved it!

A gritty gripping story with twists and turns on every page. I was hooked, highly recommend!

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Gripping book!

Fascinating and relatable characters weave their way through this gripping and unpredictable plot. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Can’t wait for another from Claire Allan.

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all right but nothing special

Welll, as I have stated it’s all right but nothing special at all. In fact I’d call it predictablle and not all that well written either. Too many ‘saids’ for anyone’s liking but then of coourse as anyone reading any kind of book these days will know that being a published author does not mean one has to be an accomplished writer does it? One merely has to impress an agent and to judge from some of the drivel that is published that’s not so terribly difficult is it? This book follows an accident or is it? Rose is dead and her grieving widower is devastated though not so devastated that he can’t look around barely a couple of months after his wife is in the grave. Emily is his next choice or victim and she’s a total wreck having falllen out of a relationship that went wrong already. Well, that’s basically it really. The naration is fine but with such a predictable book to deal with it’s hard to say if this is a good performance or not.

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Predictable from the start

You can tell where it is going from the start. There is one twist but it doesn’t really change the story as it’s still focussed on Emily’s thoughts.

(Why in the book details is the main character called Alex?)

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Overall a great story

The first half was a little slow and it takes a while for the story to get going, but stick with it. The second half had a lot of unexpected twists and I couldn’t stop listening!

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  • r
  • 22-09-18

Nothing original

Disappointed given the good reviews. Nothing original and the ‘twist’ in the plot wasn’t particularly interesting for me. There was a lack of character development so I found it hard to have empathy or care much about the main character. Good insight into abusive relationships and the victims however.

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listenable but very predictable

ok book, easy listening but I didn't find it gripping. also didn't find twists and turns as promised

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  • 05-07-18

Tense Page-Turner

Her Name Was Rose is a great listen- I really enjoyed it. This is a tightly-woven and tense suspense tale that is told from two points of view: Rose, an adored wife and mother who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run, speaking in first-person from the past; and Emily, a witness to Rose's death, a lonely and struggling woman who gets tangled in the web of Rose's former life, little by little. Well-written, enjoyable, great narration and hard to put down, the plot was interesting and, in my opinion, stands apart from other suspense novels. This audiobook keeps itself moving through interesting characters and well-paced storytelling. This one is entertaining and will keep you up past your bedtime, and it's well-worth a credit. Recommended!

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