Book Review: Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

Our Little Secret

by Roz Nay
St. Martin’s Press – April 17, 2018

Angela Petitjean sits in a cold, dull room. The police have been interrogating her for hours, asking about Saskia Parker. She’s the wife of Angela’s high school sweetheart, HP, and the mother of his child. She has vanished. Homicide Detective J. Novak believes Angela knows what happened to Saskia. He wants the truth, and he wants it now.

But Angela has a different story to tell. It began more than a decade ago when she and HP met in high school in Cove, Vermont. She was an awkward, shy teenager. He was a popular athlete. They became friends, fell in love, and dated senior year. Everything changed when Angela went to college. When time and distance separated them. When Saskia entered the picture.

That was eight years ago. HP foolishly married a drama queen and Angela moved on with her life. Whatever marital rift caused Saskia to leave her husband has nothing to do with Angela. Nothing at all. Detective Novak needs to stop asking questions and listen to what Angela is telling him. And once he understands everything, he’ll have the truth he so desperately wants.

Angela’s high school sweetheart’s wife is missing, and the detective on the case is questioning Angela. The detective thinks Angela knows something about the missing woman’s disappearance. Angela does have a story to tell, and it starts at the beginning… when she and her high school sweetheart first met.

This is Angela’s story. As the story progresses, it seems Angela does know more about the missing woman than she is letting on, but it is unclear if she was involved with the disappearance. I really enjoyed the first half of this book, then lost interest. The writing is solid, but the characters fell flat.

A good debut novel. Slow-paced, but still a quick read. Dark, dramatic, and suspenseful.

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

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