Eleven-year-olds Nora and Charlotte were best friends. When their teenage babysitter, Rose, disappeared under mysterious circumstances, the girls decided to "investigate." But their search--aided by paranormal theories and techniques gleaned from old Time-Life books--went nowhere.
Years later, Nora, now in her late twenties, is drawn back to her old neighborhood--and to her estranged friend--when Rose's remains are finally discovered. Upset over their earlier failure to solve the possible murder, Charlotte is adamant that they join forces and try again. But Nora was the last known person to see Rose alive, and she's not ready to revisit her troubled adolescence and the events surrounding the disappearance--or face the disturbing secrets that are already beginning to reemerge.
Mystery Lovers Review:
Emily Aresenaultís In Search of the Rose Notes is quite different from her debut The Broken Teaglass but it is equally compelling reading. As eleven year olds Nora and Charlotte were inseparable and both were attached to their babysitter, 16 year old Rose. Then Rose disappeared and the two drifted apart. Sixteen years later Roseís body has turned up and Nora returns to see Charlotte and put to rest the ghosts of her childhood. Moving between past and present Arsenault presents a compelling picture that illustrates how our past selves live on in our present lives.