Book Title: Our Little Secret
Author: Roz Nay
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction
Published: April 17th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
They say you never forget your first love. What they don’t say though, is that sometimes your first love won’t forget you…
A police interview room is the last place Angela expected to find herself today. It’s been hours, and they keep asking her the same inane questions over and over. “How do you know the victim?” “What’s your relationship with Mr. Parker?” Her ex’s wife has gone missing, and anyone who was close to the couple is a suspect. Angela is tired of the bottomless questions and tired of the cold room that stays the same while a rotating litany of interrogators changes shifts around her. But when criminologist Novak takes over, she can tell he’s not like the others. He’s ready to listen, and she knows he’ll understand. When she tells him that her story begins a decade before, long before Saskia was in the picture, he gives her the floor.
A twenty-something young professional, Angela claims to have no involvement. How could she? It’s been years since she and H.P., Mr. Parker that is, were together. As her story unfolds, it deepens and darkens. There’s a lot to unpack… betrayal, jealousy, and a group of people who all have motives for retribution. If Angela is telling the truth, then who’s lying?
Angela Petitjean has found herself in a police interrogation room with Detective Novak. While being questioned with respect to her potential involvement in the disappearance of Saskia, the wife of Angela’s first crush and adolescent boyfriend, Angela divulges into ten-years of history between herself and HP in a read between the lines, scratch your head kind of tale. Are you listening?
From Chapter One I. Was. Hooked!! Seriously, if I could give this book more stars I would. I especially loved the setup; it was captivating and flowed beautifully. Chapter to chapter the reader gets to know the characters in this story so well and I became so caught up in Angela Petitjean retelling of her past that I often forgot the main reason she was being questioned in the first place.
This is a super quick read at only 228 pages and Roy Nay had me entrapped in every word she wrote. There is no fluff, no useless additions, every single word contained, and every single chapter included was executed perfectly. The instability, the quintessentially unreliable narrator, the thrilling ride to an ending that will stick with you and leave you pondering long after you have finished.
Roz, you and your clever web of lies have a fan in me for sure. Roz’s writing style and storytelling reminded me of another one of my favorite authors, Chevy Stevens. If you too are a fan of Chevy you are not going to want to miss out on falling in love with a new author and her electrifying debut novel. I cannot wait to see what you come out with next, Roz! Such a spectacular debut!
Many thanks to Roz Nay and St. Martins Press for an advanced readers copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.