The Dark Rose
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - emhromp2 - LibraryThing
While I read this, I felt my cheeks burn with anticipation. This books helps you immerse fully into the story. I especially liked the Britishness and the cleverness of it all. It was a bit slow though. Read full review
The Dark RoseUser Review - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict
Forced into petty theft that ended gruesomely in murder, 19-year-old Paul testified against a bullying friend to avoid prison. Louisa works to restore a faded Elizabethan garden while suppressing an ... Read full review