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Book Review: Harrowing Roses by Barbara Cooper

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This is my post during the book blitz for Harrowing Roses by Barbara Cooper. In this suspenseful paranormal thriller book Dana tries to save a missing girl, but her own life is in danger too.

This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 7 till 13 March. See the tour schedule here.

Harrowing Roses
Harrowing Roses
By Barbara Cooper
Genre: Paranormal Suspense Thriller
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 16 December 2021

Lyrical novella, set in surreal marshes.
Illustrations by author.

Can our heroine save the missing girl’s life … and her own?

Dana feels the atmosphere of the marsh seeping into her skin with each day she spends in the cold unwelcoming mansion of her father’s estranged family.

When her young cousin, Debra Lee, mysteriously vanishes, Dana turns to Henry – an attractive neighbor in the isolated cabin nearby, to help her search for her.

Is her cousin dead? What are these strange visions and dreams that her new friend is having … could they be connected to the missing girl?

Despite the hint of something unnatural and strange, Dana is inexplicably drawn to the surrounding woods and to Henry himself.

Does he know more about Debra Lee’s disappearance than he’s revealing… and is it the right time for Dana to start being afraid?


You can watch the book trailer here on Youtube

Harrowing Roses contains 10 illustrations by the author.
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Harrowing Roses illustration

Barabar Cooper
About the Author:
Barbara Cooper believes there is more to life — and to love —than meets the eye.

A lifelong fan of beautiful writing, she educated herself in law at university, earning a doctorate degree, and making a name with her works on legal history.

Yet she could not escape the siren song of her imagination. When Harrowing Roses came to her in a dream, she picked up her pen and got to work. Barbara lives in a lake-house surrounded by a landscape imbued with history and magic. She often walks along the nearby water, accompanied by her cats, when they are in the mood.

She enjoys contemplating the unknown through the medium of stories.

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Barbara Cooper writes in such a beautifully unique style that perfectly romanticizes the situation and hidden secrets in this mysterious thriller.

Dana and her mother are visiting their family. Family that Dana is not close to or very happy about being around. She is in a place that isn’t familiar or comfortable for her. Her cousin Debra Lee turns up missing and that extends this really unwanted and unhappy visit. Dana’s love affair with Jonathan probably helps the visit to be a bit better.

Maybe she is bored, lonely, feels out of place with all those negative empty feelings, she begins looking for her cousin. That’s when she meets Henry. He is a bit off or strange but instead of that scaring Dana away, it sort of pulls her in. His offish ways give her reason to think he might have something to do with Debra Lee’s disappearance.

Although Dana has no love loss for her cousin Debra Lee, and Dana still is not absolutely sure about Henry, she starts to feel a connection with him and Dana’s cousin seems to be at the core of their connection.

Henry has special gifts that have made him a loner. There is a mystery, close to something magical or witchy about Henry and his visons. He is also hiding information probably out of fear due to how he has been looked at and treated by others due to his gifts, especially his neighbor Johnathan, Dana’s lover.

I love the title and how it describes so much of what Dana is feeling. She doesn’t want to be where she is, even so she sees the rose like blooms growing out of the water. The scents of the marshes can not be denied, as neither can the beauty. And all the while, she continues to feel this dismal despair.

All through the story there is a back and forth with a flirty, sensual, whodunnit vibe. Everything and everyone is to question. The end brings some closure but leaves a very creepy, questionable possibility. My review of things is just the crust of what is happening. There is so much about each of these characters, their connections and secrets. All of it grows deeper and darker as the story goes on. Then the truth, about the missing Debra Lee, is discovered.

Harrowing Roses is mysterious with a sexy, whodunnit vibe. This style of thriller is so wonderful and easy to cozy up with. I enjoyed reading this book so much! The print is easy on the eyes too. It is a short story possibly considered a novella at 174 reading pages with beautiful black and white illustrations by the author. Beautifully done and the writing is poetic, adding something exceptional to the suspense.

Harrowing Roses by Baraba Cooper
has a NEW cover!

Thank you to Lola @loloasblogtours and Barbara Cooper for including me in this blog tour.

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