The Dark Rose

The Dark Rose

Book - 2012 | First American edition.
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The brilliant new thriller from the author of the critically acclaimed debut, The Poison Tree .

Paul was led into a life of crime by his boyhood protector, a bully named Daniel; but one night, what started as a petty theft turned into a grisly murder. Now, at nineteen, Paul must bear witness against his friend to avoid prison. Louisa's own dark secrets led her to flee a desperate infatuation gone wrong many years before. Now she spends her days steeped in history, renovating the grounds of a crumbling Elizabethan garden. But her fragile peace is shattered when she meets Paul; he's the spitting image of the one person she never thought she'd see again.

These two, scarred and solitary, begin a secret affair. Louisa starts to believe she can again find the happiness she had given up on. But neither of them can outrun his violent past.

A story of secrets and guilt set among the ruins of a sixteenth- century English garden, The Dark Rose explores the extremes of obsessive love and loyalty, devotion and desperation. Like Kelly's critically acclaimed debut novel, The Poison Tree , this fantastically creepy, atmospheric novel thrills until the final shocking moments.

Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2012.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780670023288
Branch Call Number: KEL
Characteristics: 322 pages ;,24 cm


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Oct 12, 2012

I don't understand why most of readers didn't appreciate much this book. Perhaps, because it is compared with the "The Poison Tree". But this book is a bit different from the first book of Erin Kelly in plot . And in its own way is very fascinating and the author has undeniable talent to write "like clockwork". Although there are some elements of soap opera.

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