Book Review: Our Little Secret

Book Review: Our Little SecretOur Little Secret
by Roz Nay
on April 17, 2018
Pages: 272
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Fiction, Suspense/Thriller

Roz Nay's Our Little Secret is a twisted tale of love, pain, and revenge that will stay with the reader long after they turn the last page.

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?

My Takeaway

“The detective wants to know what happened to Saskia as if I could just skip to the ending and all would be well. But stories begin at the beginning and some secrets have to be earned”.
Roz Nay, Our Little Secret

Our Little Secret, is twisted, unexpected and clever. Once I began reading, I did not want to put it down. The characters in this thriller are complex and at times quite eccentric (with a splash of cuckoo). The narrator and protagonist, Angela, is intelligent, a bit over the top, and obsessive — not a good combination. I agree with some readers, a few of the events are a bit farfetched, but in this case, I feel it works. I finished the book a few nights ago, yet I’m still thinking about the book’s abrupt ending. I believe it was Nay’s intention to throw me off and confuse the crap out of me (she gets extra points for it). I read this novel super-fast and I think this is the best way to capture the essence and spin of the story. This is Nay’s debut novel, but I can’t wait to read additional work from this promising new voice.

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