Release date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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?
Our Little Secret is the ultimate binge worthy book, you can’t help being drawn into an intoxicating, dark web of intrigue, betrayal and obsession. It opens with Angela being interrogated by Detective Novak about the disappearance of a woman named Saskia. Angela seems genuinely puzzled as to why she’s being questioned, Saskia is only her first love, HP’s wife. But underneath the surface there is danger lurking and Angela is the quintessential unreliable narrator.
There was a quiet intensity to this book, Angela takes her time telling the story of how her and HP met and fell in love back in high school. She’s has a captivating presence and I was hanging onto her every word, there is something about her that makes you feel sorry for her one minute and then the next you’re wondering if she’s entirely sane. She’s highly complex and endlessly fascinating, I would love to read more about her honestly. This is definitely a slow burn but I was at no time frustrated or bored, I was still very eager to find out what was really going on. The ending was perfect, chilling, dark and ultimately satisfying, recommended as the perfect weekend binge read.
Our Little Secret in three words: Subtle, Manipulative and Smart.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.