Rose is by most qualifications an ordinary housewife, except for her dreams. Since childhood, she has always dreamt of the same island, with the same imaginary companion: a brave, heroic boy named Hugo. Rose’s own children now live for tales of Hugo and Rose’s adventures, battling giant spiders and bouncing on the pink sand of the Blanket Pavilion. And each night, after putting her sleepy children to bed, Rose escapes from the monotony of diapers and cracker crumbs to become a more perfect, fully-realized version of herself.
Until one day, Rose stumbles across Hugo in real life, and everything changes. Here is the man who truly knows her, who grew up with her, even if they aren’t what either one imagined. Their chance encounter begins a cascade of questions, lies, and a dangerous obsession that threatens to topple everything she knows. Is she willing to let go of everything she holds dear to understand their extraordinary connection? And will it lead her to discover who she truly wants to be?
Full details: Hugo & Rose: A Novel
***Many thanks to Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***
This insomniac's opinion:
I LOVED the unique premise of this novel. Who wouldn't want to find out that her lifelong dream playmate is real? I was completely sucked in and could not stop reading. Then, towards the end of the novel, it just went weird. I know, I know- you're saying "It gets weirder than having your dream friend be real?" Yes, yes it does, Bookish Buddies.
I honestly wish I could turn back time and not have read the last few chapters of the novel, because it was so endearing up until those final pages. *sigh*
Worth staying up all night to read?
Well, the first bit is.
3 stars. I think. I'm not really sure how to rate this one.