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?
Angela Petitjohn can’t let go of her high school sweetheart, then his wife goes missing. Could this be her chance? Unfortunately, Angela is being held and questioned in the police station as a prime suspect. She, HP and Saskia have a history which is revealed little by little as Angela retells the past, often reminding Detective Novak to listen carefully.
I LOVED Our Little Secret by Roz Nay but was not a big fan of the characters! Angela’s parents packed up the family to move to bigger and better things numerous times leaving her lacking in consistency and social skills. HP is popular and athletic. He has likable qualities but falls short in my opinion because of his selfishness. His philosophy revealed through his actions: “I can have my cake and eat it too.”
Suspense and drama are built through the storytelling in this novel. Fast pacing, an unreliable narrator, and a disturbing love triangle lends itself to a one sitting read. I found myself immediately engaged and wanting to know who the guilty party was.
Deception and manipulation were paramount in this story making me question who was being played throughout the book, oftentimes feeling like it was me (the reader). This is a definite must read by those who love and devour psychological thrillers. The length of the novel makes it even more appealing for those who lack time.