Erasing Ramona by Peggy Rothschild


“I knew lies. A good liar built their story on facts, giving a solid foundation to their falsehood, while less skilled fellows scrambled to avoid the truth. But one lie was never enough. Before too long, you had to shore it up with another. Then one more. And soon the lies had grown like an onion, one layer wrapped around the next. And, if you tried to slice through to the truth, everything fell apart.”

—Peggy Rothschild, Erasing Ramona

         Don’t we all have that period in our lives that we hope to never, ever remember about. Right there. That very thing you just thought about. We all wish with all our heart that the events will slowly fade away into billions of untraceable particles in our atmosphere. It just so happens that it isn’t that easy. Even more unlikely once your every day life throws sly clues at you. Clues that just force you to relive the very things you want to forget. But what happens when the past catches up to you, and you have no other choice but to face it? Erasing Ramona is the story of Miranda Burgess, a twenty-seven year old woman who’s fled a tragic and disastrous massacre ten years ago. Recalled to her home town, the very place where the tragedy took place, Miranda is engulfed into a relentless turmoil that has her revisiting the very crime scene only to have more questions than answers. Who killed all these people? Why were all these people lives taken from them?  How did she find herself in the middle of it, knocked out comfortably on the bed? Erasing Ramona is a psychological thriller told by Miranda herself as she uncovers the truth behind everything; from her relationships to the murders. Burdened by the lie of her own identity she lives by, will this adventure serve as a release to her own well-being?


“For hours on end, I wrapped myself in a cocoon of words, drinking in the various characters’ lives and adventures while ignoring my own life story.”

—Peggy Rothschild, Erasing Ramona

            An excellent piece of writing. For a novel that was written entirely in first-person, I was quite astonished by its ability in remaining entertaining. The details that were delivered through this narration where meticulous and Peggy Rothschild did a great job at embracing it. Considering the plot it had in store for readers, the story started off pretty well. It managed to hook me and continued to feed my desire to carry on and discover the details behind the very massacre that haunts the protagonist. The author enjoyed playing with the past and present as she jumped from one to another—rather brusquely, might I say. In fact, I felt like I was grasped with firm, cold hands and tossed into the past. However, these transitions helped develop the plot by divulging pertinent information on Ramona (name given to her by her now-dead boyfriend; she now goes by the name of Miranda) and gave readers more insight into past acquaintances. Once the story gets past the flashbacks and reaches a pace that’s a lot more intense and thrilling, the moment where Miranda is given all the details about the famous massacre, readers are already near the ending. Although the book is a quick read, the story felt like it marinated a little  to long in small events. It felt like Miranda wanted to find the truth but couldn’t see what buttons to push in order to find it.

            What was sadly very disappointing to me lies in the character development. If there’s anything that could kill a book, it would certainly regard the various personas that are presented to readers. In Erasing Ramona, my biggest problem was how I couldn’t tell any differences between the twenty-seven year old Miranda and the seventeen year old Ramona. Not only was it impossible to see any differences or a slight evolution of their personalities after the various tragedies, I also didn’t understand how a supposed highly intelligent girl who purposely flunked classes and had an above average I.Q. didn’t show more prowess in her adventures. I just simply couldn’t connect and enjoy her character on any level. However, I did enjoy her relationship to her mother and her mother’s caregiver since they both brought some interesting clashes and sophistication to Miranda’s character.


“I want to make sure you know that right now, you’re living your worst nightmare. Your face may not rot off, but your insides rotted away years ago. You’re dying alone in a jungle. And no one knows who you are. Or cares.”

—Peggy Rothschild, Erasing Ramona

      Quick, interesting, but not as thrilling as one could hope. Erasing Ramona is definitely a fun read, but the events that unfold felt under-whelming. The ending was minimally entertaining, but still managed to close up the story efficiently. Personally, I found the book predictable on a lot levels, but that could be due to my need for very, very clever storylines with impeccable plot twists. Erasing Ramona still falls in the psychological thriller as Miranda showcases the after effects of surviving a nasty massacre that not only involves 5 unknown individuals, but her boyfriend too. As if the repercussions of this tragedy weren’t bad enough, Miranda also explores her past relationship with her parents who have disowned her early in her life. If anything, the past is one nasty little friend you just can’t get rid of. Just make sure you know him well. Otherwise, you’re up for a treat.

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My overall rating: ★★★☆☆/

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3 thoughts on “Erasing Ramona by Peggy Rothschild

  1. Wonderful review, Lashaan! Erasing Ramona sounds very interesting & I’ll definitely be looking more into it. I have actually never heard of this novel until now, so thanks for posting this review 😀

    -Jess @jbelkbooks

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