Published April 17, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
“They say you never forget your first love. What they don’t say though, is that sometimes your first love won’t forget you”
Sometimes the biggest lies are the ones we tell ourselves.
Angela Petitjean says she has done nothing wrong. She doesn’t understand why she’s being questioned by police in regards to a missing woman. She tells the police again that she’s done nothing wrong and until she knows what’s going on she’s not going to speak with them.
But then a different Detective comes in. His name is Detective Novak. He tells Angela that they really need her help. For some reason, she feels like she can talk to him. Angela will talk to him but it is going to be on HER terms. She is going to start at the very beginning. Angela is actually desperate to tell her story. She believes that if Detective Novak listens to everything ….then it will give him the answers he is looking for.
She talks about when she first met HP. It was in Grade 10 and she had just started at Lakeside High. HP was the guy everyone wanted to be friends with. As the new girl, Angela got picked on quite a bit. But one day HP stepped in and rescued her. After that, no one picked on Angela anymore. And soon Angela and HP they were inseparable. They had no secrets…. they told each other everything.
“I know what real happiness looks like. I lived it with HP that summer, and the memories are burned into my mind.”
As she tells her story, Detective Novak keeps interrupting. He wants to know how she feels about Mr. Parker (HP) now. How close they are…..if she’s still in love with him. Angela starts to feel like Detective Novak is missing the point.
“If he spent more time actually listening, he’d be able to see the truth. Everything would become clear”
Does Angela know where the missing woman is? Is she protecting herself or someone else?
What is Angela hiding?
This was a really quick read at only 272 pages. I was still really intrigued by Angela’s story and anxious to find out what happened. The author kept me guessing and although I’m not entirely sure how I felt about the ending, I’m still really glad I read this novel.
Roz Nay has written an absorbing psychological suspense novel about first love, secrets, obsession, and revenge. This was a very good dark and twisted debut novel. I am really looking forward to seeing what this author comes up with next.
I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.