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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erin Kelly Narrator: Jill Tanner Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brooding story and a real ‘can’t put it down’ mystery.” Independent (UK)
  • “With its rich intertwining of viewpoints and time frames, its nuances of character and class, its sustained suspense…this harrowing novel is a work of true talent.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ann | 2/16/2014

    " juxtaposition of two compelling characters who underwent frightening circumstances while teenagers, good plot, twists and turns, pace lagged occasionally "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jaclyn | 2/2/2014

    " The Dark Rose is about two characters, Paul and Louisa working on the restoration of an Elizabethan garden in the English countryside. Through the course of flashbacks on the part of both characters you gradually learn about each character and what has led each of them to this garden project. Paul has come to the garden because it provides a safe haven while he is awaiting a court day where he will be a witness against his closest friend from childhood, Daniel. Louisa is part of the garden project because it is her career; however, through the course of her flashbacks you realize that she has been greatly influenced by a traumatic event from her teen years which led her to heritage gardening in the first place. What draws Louisa and Paul together initially is Paul's resemblance to Louisa's boyfriend from her youth, Adam. Eventually, Louisa and Paul begin an affair and confess their complicated past to one another that seems to bring some solace to both of them; however, complications arise when Daniel's father finds and confronts Paul about his testifying at Daniel's trial. I enjoyed reading The Dark Rose, it was very different from what I generally read. The story was compelling and realistic, and the way that Kelly releases parts of each character's stories keeps the interest in finding out exactly what happened in each of their pasts that lead them to their current positions. Kelly provides these selections of the past through flashbacks that continue through the entire novel; therefore, the chronology of the book is not static and continually changes at significant places in the "present day" plot. The tone of the novel was somewhat bleak and melancholic, and its not a book that I would recommend to those that like a happy ending. I would recommend this book to fans of mysteries because I found that the main drive of the novel was in finding out the central mysteries of the characters, namely what Daniel had done to cause Paul to have to testify, and why exactly Louisa is afraid of being spotted in certain areas of London. This book would also be good for those that like a character-driven plot rather than a lot of atmospheric description. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I will certainly be looking for Kelly's first book, The Poison Tree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca | 1/27/2014

    " Wow! This could be my first really great read of 2012. I enjoyed The Poison Tree, but I think Erin Kelly's second novel is even stronger. The book was well paced, there were shocking twists throughout and it didn't stop until the very last paragraph. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/26/2014

    " Enjoyable read. Kept me guessing. Very well written. Recommend. "

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