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.
For years Claire Allan was a female fiction writer writing romantic tales of love and friendship, but ‘Her Name Was Rose’ is first psychological thriller with Avon Books and it’s a great debut for the Northern Ireland.
The story is seen through the narrative of Emily and also seen through social media posts of Rose and starts right at the moment that Rose is killed in an accident.
After Emily witnessed Rose’s death, she becomes obsessed with the woman and sees herself as the replacement for Rose’s seemingly perfect life. She begins to work in Rose’s old job as a receptionist in a dentists and soon begins to become a close friend to Rose’s husband Cian.
Emily is an interesting character, she’s insecure and longs to feel belonged and thinks that stepping into Rose’s shoes will finally make her life complete. Having spent years alone after a turbulent relationship ended, Emily thinks Cian is the perfect man for her and finds herself falling for the successful, charismatic author.
The other side of the story is Rose’s insight into her seemingly perfect life and this makes for quite sad and unsettling reading as one woman idolises her life and it’s so far from the truth.
As a resident of Northern Ireland, I loved the dialogue and narrative of this local thriller. A gripping story from the very beginning, ‘Her Name Was Rose’ is a cleverly written story filled with suspense throughout and proves that sometimes that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. A fantastic story from Avon’s newest author.
You can buy Her Name Was Rose from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.