“To cure fear, you must use fear.”
Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He’s understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they’ll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.
How can I wrap my head around what I want to say about this book. The twists and turns definitely had me wondering throughout the entire book. I’m afraid if I say too much, I’ll give out spoilers unintentionally.
Rose isn’t exactly what I’d describe as likable, but considering the situation, I don’t think likability is important to the story. She’s made some bad choices, and ended up at the wrong end of the stick. Throughout the book she undergoes a great deal of growth, which gave me the desire to root for her.
Phillip is great, right from the beginning. He figures everything out and works his hardest to help Rose through. Despite their awful circumstances, he slots in as the perfect hero in her plight.
Although this is technically a “fairy tale” retelling, there isn’t much of the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty involved, so don’t expect that at all. It’s very raw, and there are parts that are truly sad. It’s a psychological story, as you watch the people around Rose mess with her head. But she fights back, refusing to believe the lies.
I saw several things coming, but not the conclusion, Again, no spoilers!
I’d consider it a clean read, in the sense that there’s no sex or explicit violence. It does leave you wondering, what is going on? though, as almost archaic treatments are implemented.
***Thank you to Blaze Pub for giving me the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review***
Katie Teller is a writer of NA fiction. Her debut, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, has sold more than 50,000 copies. You can find out more about Katie, the Kiya trilogy, and her other books on twitter, facebook, instagram or at her own blog.