For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.
Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen– do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own.
Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.
I absolutely LOVE Rose!
Rose started out as a simple, small town girl doing what other people thought was best for her. Watching her grow as a person into a take charge, kick butt woman was my favorite part of the book! When her momma was murdered, my heart sank a little because I was so afraid Rose would get blamed for the murder and not be able to complete her list. I was amazed at her strength. Even with the possibility of being convicted of murder, Rose didn’t stop checking off her list.
Rose’s momma made my skin crawl. She was an evil woman, who tried to use the bible & religion to control everything Rose did. I wanted to reach into the book & smack her! I was not upset about her murder at all. I felt like Karma took care of her.
To trust Joe or not to trust Joe? I honestly didn’t know what to think until the very end of the book. I wasn’t sure if he was there to hurt Rose & then fell in love with her, or if he was undercover. I thought it may be a possibility that he was undercover, but I just didn’t know. I learned why later on, but I am still a little untrusting of Joe, even after finding out the truth about him. I still don’t trust Hilary. I feel like she will keep popping up in the future books.
Overall, I give this book 5 stars! I was impressed with the writing, the story line, the characters & really just everything about the book!
I have already purchased the 2nd book in this series, Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons, and I am so excited to see where life takes Rose & Joe!
Visit Denise Grover Swanks website to learn more about the series!