“Do you really want to know what happened?”
— Roz Nay, Our Little Secret
This is one of those rare thrillers that actually succeeds in telling a fast-paced, completely immersive and strongly manipulative story in the most concise and addictive way possible. I’d mention that I’m slightly exaggerating, but I’m really not. In under 230 pages, Roz Nay will initially make you feel things towards certain characters and later compel you to embrace polar opposite emotions as the story unfolds. Her writing is brilliant and draws you into the story like none other. Expect time to fly and emotions to be played around with. But what is Our Little Secret about? This psychological thriller focuses on the disappearance of a woman and a love triangle that is in the midst of it all. The whole tale is our protagonist, also the narrator, who’s being interviewed by a detective who’s trying to figure out what happened to this missing woman. What comes next is our lead character telling us the story of her teenage days as she builds the intrigue in an completely addictive and manipulative fashion. For a thriller this short, this one delivers its story brilliantly!
The narrative consists of scenes in an interrogation room between Angela and detective Novak as well as flashback sequences that transports us wherever Angela wants us as she recounts how she came to know all the people of interest. Written fluidly, Roy Naz delivers one of the most addictive and fast-paced psychological thrillers ever. While you’d imagine that the story would focus a lot more on present events and try to relay to us moments that occurred hours or days before the disappearance of the women in question, Our Little Secret offers us a much more complex story that draws its origins way back during the teenage years of these characters. This structure quickly grows on you and grabs you by the hand as you learn about each character and the meaningful moments that Angela shared with everyone. It’s through her story-telling that clues are pitched left and right while the intrigue is built up at a steady and unforgiving pace.
Although some of Angela’s decision throughout her life can be quite questionable, you can’t help but tel yourself how complicated love can get. The most fascinating element about this book resides in its ability to manipulate the reader in an incomprehensible manner. Topped off by the fast-pace, there is too little time for the mind to think twice, and even less for emotions to be filtered and mitigated. It’s realizing how far some characters will go and how twisted some things can get that truly blows your mind upon reading Our Little Secret. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that anyone could’ve turned out to be the culprit and that Roz Nay does a beautiful job in making us doubt them without having to try too hard. Even the relationship between the detective and Angela in real time was cleverly integrated throughout the story and invited us to watch the development of their relationship and the chemistry between them as it spices things up for the reader. No hypothesis will seem impossible as the curtain slowly come down.
Trust me when I tell you this was a fantastic page-turner. Having a love triangle at the center of your story in order to build a crime mystery where the disappeared woman might potentially be killed offers readers plenty of options and angles to cuddle with. Roz Nay’s writing style also greatly helps in delivering an absolutely addictive reading experience where the intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat without you knowing. Filled with secrets, lies told to others and to yourself, Our Little Secret toys around with how you perceive the truth and how it’ll unexpectedly stimulate dark thoughts towards certain characters. In the end, it isn’t about the dark thoughts but what you do with them that matters, right? Our Little Secret will definitely go down as one of the best psychological thrillers to successfully keep me thrilled in so little words. If you’re craving for a compelling and quick-paced thriller, look no further.
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MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★☆/