Rose Madder Book Summary and Study Guide

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This horror story is all about a cop-husband, Norman, who is a REAL MONSTER to his wife, and then to others. Rosie has tolerated his abuse for 14 years, and she has had it. She needs to escape and she does just that, taking Norman's ATM card with her, and fetching the nearest taxi. She draws money out of his account to pull her through, (a few hundred dollars), and trashes the ATM card after. She ends up 750 miles away from home in a resort for battered women. When Norman discovers her disappearance, he comes after her, picking up clues from the trashed ATM card someone located.
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He tracks her down, and poor Rosie, who has felt safe for the first time in years, suddenly doesn't anymore. She feels that Norman is after her somehow, and she's right!
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After a decade and a half of abuse and torture by her sadistic policeman husband, Rose Daniels makes a desperate bid for freedom and runs halfway across America to escape.
Frightened and broke, she attempts to forge a knew life for herself in a major mid-western city. And for a while it appears that she is succeeding, but deep down in her consciousness she is still fearful, plagued by the knowledge that Norman, the monster she is trying to escape, will never stop looking for her. And she knows that if he finds her he will want to talk to her "up close" and personal. An exciting psychological thriller with more than a pinch of the macabre thrown in for seasoning.
The review of this Book prepared by Bill Brumlow

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   hunted by BAD vigilante getting revenge If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by dangerous boy/girlfriend/spouse

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Unusual forms of death    -   eaten Unusual form of death?    -   Yes

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