I discovered Our Little Secret by Roz Nay (#affiliate) because one of my favorite authors, Chevy Stevens, posted about it on her Facebook page. It sounded right up my alley, so I bought it without hesitation. I read it in about a week and finally finished it last night. I’m still processing how I felt about it; hopefully, writing this review will get my thoughts together!
Our Little Secret by Roz Nay Synopsis
“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?”Goodreads
What I Liked
My favorite thing about the book was the story. I was really interested in finding out what happened. Sometimes I find myself rushing to get to the end of a book, but I savored every part in this case. I actually found myself living vicariously through the characters during their teenage years. Then there was the twist at the end. It was unexpected, although it came with a lot of questions that will remain unanswered.
What I Didn’t Like
I really didn’t like the way the story was told. It felt really unnatural and also unbelievable. I did not understand how to feel about Novak. His entire character was tough for me to put my finger on. The story was told over 18 hours of Angela telling him a story. It just didn’t seem realistic for a criminologist to listen to someone telling a story that isn’t entirely relevant to solving the case.
I also felt like there were a few missed opportunities and strangely written parts that could have made more sense. It is hard for me to criticize authors since I am trying to write a book myself, and I’m sure I’ll be making all the same mistakes. That being said, I felt like the issues with this book significantly impacted my rating of it. I gave it four stars, which is more generous than the average rating on Goodreads.
Summary: Our Little Secret by Roz Nay
Would I recommend Our Little Secret by Roz Nay (#affiliate)? I guess so, to the right kind of reader. I wasn’t obsessed with it, but I did find the story interesting. I would be interested in exploring some other books by Roz Nay. She definitely has her own style, and love it or hate it; it shines through in her writing.