Stephanie Wrobel’s spellbinding debut, The Recovery of Rose Gold, is published today by Michael Joseph / Penguin Random House.

This incredible novel, featuring a toxic mother/daughter relationship, has been subject to a huge amount of publicity in the run up to publication. It has been named as one of Bustle’s The 20 Must-Read Books of 2020″, where it was crowned as the “Most Likely To Actually Get You To Turn Off Netflix And Read A Book”, one of Goodreads‘ “28 Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2020” and “33 Highly Anticipated Books of 2020″, and as one of NewsWeek‘s ““20 Most Anticipated Books of 2020“.

Not only that, it has received high praise from the likes of Lee Child, who said: “Sensationally good – two complex characters power the story like a nuclear reaction, and won’t let you forget them.  Wrobel is one to watch.” 

The novel has reached all corners of the world, with publications to follow in the US and Canada on 17th March (Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster respectively) and has been translated into 16 different languages to date.

We’re so excited to welcome this fabulous thriller into the world…


If mothers never forget, then daughters never forgive . . .

Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years.

She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair . . .

Turns out her mother, Patty, is just a really good liar.

Now after 5 years in prison, Patty comes home, and it seems their relationship is finally on the mend.

But is Rose Gold still the easily pliable young girl she once was?
And is Patty still as keen on settling an old score?


Other early reviews have been equally outstanding:

“This book has it all – a killer premise, twisty plotting, crisp writing and compelling characters. Dazzling, dark and utterly delicious” J. P. Delaney, bestselling author of The Girl Before

“An absolutely brilliant book; funny, dark, authentic and a total page turner. I loved it'” Lisa Jewell, bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

“A spine-chilling thriller injected with themes of obsession and revenge . . . Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train . . . set to be next year’s biggest thriller” Stylist

Stephanie Wrobel grew up in Chicago but has been living in the UK for the last three years with her husband and dog, Moose Barkwinkle. She has an MFA from Emerson College and has had short fiction published in Bellevue Literary Review. Before turning to fiction, she worked as a creative copywriter at various advertising agencies.