Our Little Secret
For fans of In a Dark, Dark Wood and All the Missing Girls comes Our Little Secret, a compulsive and thrilling debut about a missing woman, a tangled love triangle, the secrets we keep and the secrets we share.
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.
Angela is being held in a police interrogation room. Her ex’s wife has gone missing and Detective Novak is sure Angela knows something, despite her claim that she’s not involved.
At Novak’s prodding, Angela tells a story going back ten years, explaining how she met and fell in love with her high school friend HP. But as her past unfolds, she reveals a disconcerting love triangle and a dark, tangled web of betrayals. Is Angela a scorned ex-lover with criminal intent? Or a pawn in someone else’s revenge scheme? Who is she protecting? And why?
Twisty and suspenseful, Our Little Secret is an intense cat-and-mouse game and a riveting thriller about the lies we tell others—and ourselves.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Roz Nay’s suspenseful debut is one of the most unforgettable psychological thrillers we’ve read in ages. Angela got burned—hard—by her first love; years later, her ex’s wife goes missing, and Angela, a prime suspect, is interrogated by the police. Over the course of a long interview with an inquisitive-but-sympathetic detective, Angela slowly reveals her past—and a tangled web of deceit, heartbreak, and torment. This dialogue-driven mystery ends with a head-spinning final reveal. It was so shocking that we started reading again from the beginning to find the clues we’d missed.
How does Angela Petitjean, the narrator of Nay's captivating if contrived debut, go from being the pride of Cove, Vt., with a place waiting at Oxford University, to just eight years later a person of interest being grilled by police in her hometown about the disappearance of Saskia Parker, a vivacious young wife and mother? That's the twisty tale that emerges, gradually, over the course of Angela's marathon interrogation. Warming despite herself to the undivided attention of Det. J. Novak, the normally private Angela slowly embraces the opportunity to open up about her one great love with high school golden boy and, as she sees it, soulmate, Hamish Parker, before a brash Australian force of nature named Saskia entered the picture. Though Nay's inexperience shows in the stagy set-up, which amounts to almost an extended monologue, and a couple of key players who don't rise above caricature like Freddy Montgomery, the hopeless smitten and conveniently rich Oxford swain it's an arresting, perhaps unbelievable story that Angela spins. Nay is a writer to watch.