The Dark Rose

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Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2012 - Fiction - 322 pages
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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.

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First-class writing that is absolutely captivating! - Goodreads
The endings, of her books are also kind of predictable. - Goodreads
Gripping plot and rich (but very flawed) characters. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Malia - Goodreads

2.5 stars This was my third book by Erin Kelly, and in my opinion, the weakest. BURNING AIR, I felt, was the most engaging, despite POISON TREE getting all the accolades. In any case, the plot of THE ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tiffany Reisz - Goodreads

Interesting book. Very much a page-turner. Recommended for readers of light thrillers. I am amused by the tendency by authors of literary fiction and commercial fiction to skimp on sexual detail. This ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Erin Kelly read English and European literature at Warwick University and has worked as a freelance journalist for more than ten years. She has written for The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Psychologies, Red, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour. She lives in North London with her husband and daughter.

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