When the Bough Breaks - Denise Grover Swank

When the Bough Breaks

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2020-04-12
  • Genre: Suspense
Score: 4.5
From 763 Ratings


The sixth book in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling Rose Gardner Investigations series.

For months, Rose has suspected her ex-brother-in-law, has a foot in the criminal world, and she’s equally sure her deceased sister had the evidence to prove it—evidence stolen days just days after Violet’s death. 

Those suspicions turn concrete when a body shows up near one of Mike’s construction sites, and the concrete cracks open wide when her niece and nephew go missing. 

Rose might be weeks away from delivering her own baby, she that doesn’t stop her and her best friend, Neely Kate, from looking for the kids. She needs answers and fast, but her search leads her to the man who betrayed her months ago… the father of her baby. 

James “Skeeter” Malcolm has been playing games with her for months—refusing to relinquish her paternity but refusing to tell her why. James knows what Mike is up to—Rose is sure of it—but can she convince him to tell help before it’s too late? 


  • Hell yes

    By Dkgbhgsnjsd
    This is an awesome series!!!
  • Loved It!!!!

    By kejames90
    I love reading anything about Rose. I feel like I’m living these stories when I read them. This book was amazing and I can’t wait for the next one!
  • Another Binge Worthy Rose Adventure!

    By TalkBooks2Me!
    Listen, there’s a reason why so many are singing Denise’s praises! I couldn’t put this book down. Wow! Still reeling from having my heart torn out of my chest when we last saw Rose, this book took me on another emotional roller coaster that kept me guessing through to the very end. I cannot wait for the next book to see how things will ultimately turn out. Things and people in Fenton County are seldom what they seem and something tells me Denise still has a few twists up her sleeve!
  • Great series

    By Unicors11
    Do yourself a favor and read any and all books written by Denise. The characters are all relatable, lovable and complex. Her books are easy, fun reads and you cannot put them down! The only bad part is waiting for the next one to be published!!!
  • Fantastic!

    By Xcvxvxbdbbd
    I have read all of the books in the Rose Gardner series and this book blew me away! I felt every emotion imaginable throughout the book and felt like I was right there during the action. Rose has grown and evolved throughout both series. I truly love her character and her friends in the book. DGS is a talented author who has the ability to transport the reader into the book. I’m never disappointed by DGS, she’s an incredible author. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to the next release in January 2021.
  • Disappointed

    By J_Monaco
    I’ve read all of the Rose Gardner books and this one was definitely the weakest. Ever since roses pregnancy they have just been going down for me. The prospect of rose and skeeter being the king and queen of Fenton county had me so excited to see what they could do together. But the pregnancy seemed to ruin that and just be out of place. And the whole joe is the daddy is just annoying. Joe does nothing but hold her back. It’s like been there done that. If you just wanted her to end up with joe then why bother her even having a relationship with James? I’ll read the next book to see what happens but at this point I’m really losing interest in this series. Hopefully it will have a better ending for James. He deserves more than this.
  • Best yet!

    By Love my 
    I could not put it down.
  • Emotional thrill ride

    By CrazynVA
    Denise did it again! I cried, I laughed, I was mad, and sometimes confused about my own feelings. A cliff hanger that is sure to make you count down till January!

    By NASMcertified
    All of the Denises’s books are beyond amazing but I literally could not put this one down. I finished it within 12 hours of buying it because I just had to keep reading. The way she pulls you in as a reader and gets you hanging on ever twist and then is so captivating. You feel like Rose and Neely Kate are your best friends throughout the entire journey of the series. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!
  • Still Love the Series

    By DrumCritique
    I have loved all the books Rose’s story since book one. With this book, however, I’m not into Rose and Joe’s relationship AT ALL. Reading their scenes together was beyond uninteresting to me. It’s like a been there-done that kinda thing, they don’t make sense together. Rose is either strong enough on her own or more compatible with other characters who understand her more. Joe chose other people over Rose so many times, it seems more like settling for Rose then a truly passionate, deep love. I don’t feel like their personalities fit together at all, I just really hope the story takes a different and better direction. I agree with other reviews saying James needs a better, happy ending since the last several books led readers to really start to understand and like his character. I still am a huge fan of the stories, I’m so happy Rose still has a story to tell and Denise Grover Swank does a wonderful job keeping this storyline suspenseful, intense, intriguing and interesting (minus the Joe and Rose part). So thank you for another great book, fingers crossed the next one sorts more things out.