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5.0 out of 5 stars
Get ready to be thrilled
Reviewed in Canada on August 5, 2018
Roz Nay’s debut novel “ Our Little Secret “ is a truly clever and addictive must-read thriller. It will have you on the edge of your seat, instantly hooked, turning pages, one after another, until the very last page. I definitely recommend adding this book to your TBR list, pronto. You’ll be grateful that you did.
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3.0 out of 5 starspretty good, but predictable
Reviewed in Canada on March 31, 2020
I liked the accessible writing style, the storytelling of this book. I got a feel for Angela, the roller coaster of her emotions, her emotional immaturity. But being as she is being interrogated by police about the disappearance of her "rival", and the story is written from her POV as an unreliable narrator, the ending is very predictable. And although I liked her narration, her storytelling, it did get a bit stale after a while because I predicted the outcome and wanted the journey to amp up. I would have liked the past chapters to have been darker, to have more clash. HP was too wimpy for me to view as the man worthy of such obsession and devotion and Freddy was a foppy caricature. I did love what I think of as the "Sopranos" ending. badda bing.
This is a well crafted story with some excellent characterizations (HP in particular) and some far fetched characters (Freddie). It works now in particular, a time when obsessive behavior seems a clinical commonplace. Of course, this is obsessiveness beyond the norm. It's tough to make it all work from inside the head of the obsessive, but the author does a credible job. I'll be looking out for her next effort.
An engaging read, fast - a good beach read. I was disappointed as I had read the hype that there was quite a "chilling twist" at the end - but I had that figured out about half way through. Still, good, quick paced and entertaining.
5.0 out of 5 starsIf you enjoyed 'Girl on the Train' this is as good and ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2017
If you enjoyed 'Girl on the Train' this is as good and a great first novel from a really exciting new author. It's a shame Simon and Schuster haven't decided to publish this in the UK and we have to wait on the Canadian and US version, let's hope they change their minds for the next book!
4.0 out of 5 starsThis book needs more recognition!
Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2017
4.25 -4.5 Stars
I wasn't planning on leaving a review and only because I haven't been in a review writing mood lately but since I can't stop thinking about this one, I thought I should say a few quick words.
For a debut novel, and a short story, this was definitely worth reading! I say that because any book that leaves me thinking about it and questioning things long after I finished, means it obviously left some kind of impression on me. Albeit some of the story was a little frustrating, almost angsty (which I'm not much a fan of anymore), but as it continues that feeling settles and things start shifting and I saw what was really going on...or did I?! As I said this was a short story, quick read, so I feel it could have had a little more meat to it but then if it did, would it have left me questioning things? And I have to say I love when a thriller/mystery leaves me in that state of mind, it makes it that much more interesting and irresistible.
I was back and forth how I was going to rate this one but no matter it was going to be a high 3.5 to 4 stars but as I sit here and continue to think about the book I can't help but give it more stars. I am looking forward to see what other stories this author gifts us with.
3.0 out of 5 starsThe first 80% of the book was quite good and well-written (even though Angela living with HP and ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2018
Spoilers: The first 80% of the book was quite good and well-written (even though Angela living with HP and Saskia and caring for Olive was a *massive* stretch). But so much of the book made little sense (the relationship with Freddy, for example), I figured our unreliable narrator was already in prison or a psychiatric facility. The wrap-up was not well executed. Had LJ been mentally ill since childhood? Were the "spiders" there all along? Had she been violent in any other way? Did she have a real romance with HP? I can handle a fair amount of ambiguity, but the end felt rushed and like the author couldn't craft a twist so she just ended the novel. This is not a crime novel (even tho there is a crime) and there's zero suspense. I'd prefer to give it 3.5 stars. P.S. Many of the 5-star reviews are from people who rec'd free advance copies.