Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan Review

In January I was in Waterstones and decided to pick up one of those Blind Dates with a book and this is the one I got.

Honestly, when I unwrapped it and read the blurb it wasn’t what I was expecting. But I had made my choice and I was going to read it.


It was hard to get into at the beginning. I think it was just adjusting to the writing style. I also thought it was weird to read a book that was set locally. I’ve never read a book by a local author before so that was new.

Not that the location matters too much.

The story follows the life of Emily who is struggling day to day after getting out of an abusive relationship. She is out shopping one day and sees a woman being hit by a car, she thinks maybe it was a mistake…that she should have been the one to die. After the incident, she becomes obsessed with the life of Rose, the woman and that died and jokes with her friend about taking Rose’s spot in her perfect life…

And that’s kind of what she does. Then things take a turn as Emily begins to uncover the truth about Rose’s life and how she died.

Honestly, sounds like the kind of thing I would enjoy. And I did to a degree. Though as it got towards the end and the mystery was unraveling it became predictable.

I feel like it ended like all these kinds of movies/books do. You know, you find out who murdered Rose and it was someone you thought you wouldn’t have suspected but in the end just makes sense. And you find out that the husband is not a great guy either but you saw that coming from a mile away.

If anything I think maybe I was more interested in Rose’s life before she died. We get glimpses of that in the book and I think I wanted more about that. She seemed to be more interesting than Emily.

I also wished there had been more of a mystery and more to think about. Everything kind of wrapped up nicely and there were no loose ends. Which I guess is nice if you like that. But I did want something out of the ordinary to happen towards the end. I think part of me did want Emily’s ex to come back or something, it would have thrown something else into the mix.

As predictable as it was though it still made for a good read. I can’t say I wasn’t interested in it because I did read the last 100 pages in a day. So I did enjoy it.

That being said it might just be because I don’t read thriller books very often. I feel like lately, the books I have been reading haven’t exactly been ones where I’m on the edge of my seat.

Still, it was a nice change. Plus it was something I never would have picked up on my own and to have enjoyed it was a bonus. So I’m glad I took the chance.

It would have been a lot worse if I had picked something up and started to read it but couldn’t finish it at all.

Now that I’ve read it, it’s time for it to be shelved. I rated it 3/5 on Goodreads because it was enjoyable but predictable, not a lot to say about it. I almost didn’t make a blog post to be honest but felt I should because I haven’t done a book post in a while. Sometimes when I read a book I don’t always have a lot to say so I don’t bother making a post, I just rate it on Goodreads and move on. So follow me there for all the reading updates!

My next book will be the final one in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, I have read the first two and now I’m ready for the finale – I’m interested to see how the series wraps up. 🙂

~ Courtney x