The Recovery of Rose Gold

Stephanie Wrobel

Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years. She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair.

Turns out her mom, Patty, is a really good liar.

After five years in prison, Patty gets out. Mother and daughter agree to move in together and let go of old grievances. Patty says all she wants is to reconcile with Rose Gold and care for her infant grandson.

But Rose Gold knows her mother. She won’t rest until she has Rose Gold back under her thumb. Which is a smidge inconvenient, because Rose Gold wants to be free of Patty forever.

Only one Watts can get her way.


It’s rare for something genuinely fresh to come along in this genre, but this book has it all – a killer premise, twisty plotting, crisp writing and compelling characters. Dazzling, dark and utterly delicious.

JP Delaney, bestselling author of The Girl Before
JP Delaney , bestselling author of The Girl Before

Takes twisted mum and daughter relationships to a whole new level. Think Misery meets Sharp Objects.

C.J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man
C.J. Tudor , bestselling author of The Chalk Man

Fascinating, immersive, whip-smart, with a supremely clever ending that left me gasping (and slightly devastated in the best way).

Melanie Golding, author of Little Darlings
Melanie Golding , author of Little Darlings

Sensationally good - two complex characters power the story like a nuclear reaction, and won’t let you forget them. Wrobel is one to watch.

Lee Child
Lee Child


Literary suspense

UK Publication

Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph, 2020

US Publication

Penguin Random House / Berkley

Rights Sales

UK & Commonwealth: Michael Joseph
US: Berkley
Chinese (Simplified): People's Oriental
Czech: Host
Dutch: Prometheus
French: Pygmalion
German: Ullstein
Hungarian: Alexandra
Italian: DeA Planeta
Korean: Rok Media
Polish: Otwarte
Portuguese (SA): Record
Serbian: Vulkan