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The Dark Rose is about two characters, Paul (an older teen) and Louisa (middle-age women) working on the restoration of a crumbling historic Elizabethan garden isolated in the English countryside. The story flips between current time (2012) and flashbacks (1990s) when Louisa was a teenager. There are lots of references to popular culture, mostly music, from the 90's.
Secrets, obsessions, mistakes and deep seeded-guilt are the central themes in this book. Lots of atmosphere, fast-paced until the final shocking moments. A fun read, especially because of the author's crisp wit keeps the reader engaged as the story swings along.
"When a new rose is planted on the same spot as an old one, you get a sick rose; it doesn't bloom and it'll probably die. No one really knows why."