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Rosebush: Book review

Rosebush - book review

Reviewed by's Mira Bradshaw

A young adult novel that successfully bucks the current trend of paranormal romance, Jaffe's Rosebush is an intriguing attempted murder mystery.

Jane is a young woman who seems to have it all. She's popular, pretty, a successful photographer and is dating David, the most eligible guy in school. But things are not as perfect as they appear; Jane doesn't like her mother's boyfriend, Joe, and family tensions abound.

Of course, Jane's most urgent problem is one that she doesn't see coming. She's the victim of a hit-and-run and left for dead in a rosebush. The novel opens with Jane in the ICU, trying to figure out what happened.

As Jane gradually regains her memory of the night leading up to her accident, she discovers that her own recollections differ from the stories that her friends are telling the police. It doesn't take long before Jane realises that someone in her life was responsible for her accident. And they're still trying to kill her.

Jaffe's Rosebush is an interesting read. As Jane tries to solve her attempted murder - and it becomes clear that the murderer is still after her - the revelations and plot twists regarding her life keep the reader intrigued.

Rosebush gets better and better as it progresses. The prologue is quite melodramatic and at the outset the characters seem superficial and cliche. However, as the novel goes on the characters develop and become more realistic and well-defined.

Jaffe keeps the plot moving at a good pace and when shocking plot twists occur, she earns them and makes the reader believe that the events are plausible.

Intertwining teenage angst and drama with life-and-death stakes, Rosebush delivers exactly what it promises - a race to solve a young girl's hit-and-run and prevent a murder.

Rosebush, by Michele Jaffe
Publisher: Hachette
RRP: $26.99
Available: Now