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What Rose Forgot
2019
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In New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr's gripping standalone, a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she's trapped in her worst nightmare

Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she's been committed to an Alzheimer's Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she's "not making it through the week," Rose is convinced that if she's to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.

The only problem is--how does she convince anyone that she's not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn't sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her.

With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel's friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back--to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they're holding all the cards.

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After a failed escape, Rose is carted back into a locked memory-care unit by a pair of hulking orderlies and immediately drugged into oblivion. But, before she drifts off, Rose overhears a conversation in which someone says she isn't expected to last the week. What? Rose never bows to expectations, so she fakes taking her sedatives, shakes off the drug-induced fog, and begins to remember what has happened to her. She and her husband, Harley, had recently moved to Charlotte to join Harley's sons and granddaughter, Melanie. Then Harley died unexpectedly, and Rose somehow ended up locked in the old folks' home. Determined to foil whatever diabolical plot has landed her there, Rose drugs the night nurse and follows her spotty memories to Melanie's house, where she takes cover in the outdoor playhouse. With Mel's help, Rose turns the tables, outmaneuvering the cops, her possibly malevolent relatives, and a bumbling hit man to unmask an inheritance-grabbing murder scheme. No doubt Barr's many fans are craving another Anna Pigeon novel (after Boar Island, 2016), but this stand-alone with plenty of heart won't disappoint.--Christine Tran Copyright 2019 Booklist
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