Rosebush by Michele Jaffe
Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane’s boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface-not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died.
With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. (Goodreads)
The Story: The night after a major Memorial Day par-tay, Jane awakes in the ICU of the local hospital. She’s paralyzed, unable to speak and pretty much scratched and bruised within inches of her life. She can’t remember anything from the previous night and though her family and the hospital staff insist she is the victim of a hit and run, the truth is actually far scarier. Someone tried to kill Jane, but she isn’t quite sure who it is.
As her visitors come and go, Jane attempts to piece together the events of the previous night. She was in the company of her amazing best friends and boyfriend, but just how reliable are their stories? Everyone seems to have something to hide and the more Jane remembers, the more it clouds her memory. Jane becomes paranoid, certain that the killer will return to finish her off, but no one seems to believe her.
My Take: You guys, I loved this premise. I mean, it’s the perfect crime gone wrong. And there is great suspense about whether or not Jane’s killer is coming again. Though Jane makes great strides in her recovery, she’s pretty much a sitting duck, especially considering the fact that the hospital and her family all think she’s a little nutters. It all reminded me a bit of that movie What Lies Beneath —the one where Harrison Ford is still hot, even though he’s old— and he gives his wife Michelle Pfeiffer this stuff to paralyze her and then leaves her in a bathtub of running water! Gah!!!! I could barely take it.
This story was quite different obviously because there are no ghosts or cute, shirtless husbands, but the set up was good. But…after a while I felt like the story dragged. There were alot of flashbacks. Many were necessary because Jane is obviously trying to piece her night together and figure out what exactly happened before someone accidentally on purpose ran her over, but many were about her relationship with her mother or about how she became friends with her current besties or got together with her boyfriend ( a major tool, by the way). Surprisingly enough, it left little time to pore over the details of the actual party the night before. I recognize that this helps establish motive, but often it felt a little pointless. Also, the characters weren’t exactly unlikable, but there was nothing distinct that drew me in and made me care for them.
Crush Intensity: 2.5/5 There were some great suspenseful moments, but truly I was disappointed in this one. There are many people who love this book though, so if you’re still curious, I suggest checking out its Goodreads page.