When you read a lot of graphic novels, you begin to notice a trend with them and that is they often seem to end episodically. Rather than feeling like you got a full story, or novel, or even movie you are left feeling as though the whole thing really fits more into the realm of an episode of a show. Now, there are the few rare and wonderful occasions, but Rose by Denis Lapière and Émilie Alibert, illustrated by Valérie Vernay really does fall more into the episodic kind of graphic novel. And there are good and bad things about this.
Rose begins with the death of the main character’s father, following her through grief and denial as she deals not only with his passing but inheriting his home. And Rose has a power, a special ability that allows her to basically astral project from her body into the spirit world, more or less. And it is this ability that eventually leads her down the path of uncovering the truth behind her father’s murder and some secrets he kept to himself over the years.
All in all, I was pretty impressed with this story as a whole. I loved the premise, which is amazing considering the fact that I don’t typically go for murder mysteries. Each twist and turn was so much fun to read through. And in fact, it left me rather eager to find out what happens next. As a wonderful added bonus, the artwork throughout this graphic novel was some of the best I’ve ever seen. I had a lot of fun reading it.
In the end, I’ve come to realize however that I’m not overly fond of the episodic-like graphic novels. I feel as though the story we were given was half-finished. Nothing was really tied up at all in the end and we were instead left with a sort of cliff hanger that basically served to inform us that there would be more of the story to come in the next installment. Ultimately, I just feel like readers needed more time with rose, more time with those living in her father’s building, and more time with the story as a whole.
Still, I look forward to reading the next episode.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.