Published by Orenda
Available in ebook and paperback | 15 May 2018
Source: Copy for review
My thanks to Orenda for the paperback copy to review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the invitation to take part in the blog tour for The Old You.
| About the Book |
Nail-bitingly modern domestic noir
A tense, Hitchcockian psychological thriller
Louise Voss returns with her darkest, most chilling, novel yet…
Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, others, long buried, begin to surface … and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble.
But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?
| My Thoughts |
Oh wow. What did I just read? I’ve been aware of books by Louise Voss, I’ve even bought one or two, but this is the first that I’ve actually read. If the other ones are as well written and gripping as this then I have seriously been missing out.
I’m going to make this review quite short as I really don’t want to give anything away about the story which could spoil it for someone else. The domestic noir element has been taken to another level by Voss’ clever and original plotting. Excellent characterisation, perfectly paced and with a sinister undertone. I was drawn in from the very first page and even though I felt sympathy for both Ed and Lynn following Ed’s diagnosis, there was something about them both that I found unsettling and I was never really sure who I could trust or believe.
The dementia element of the story struck a chord with me for personal reasons and it felt authentic and believable. Ed’s descent into a state of forgetfulness and confusion were hard to read and I felt truly sorry for Lynn having to watch the personality of the man she loved change so completely.
The unexpected revelations and surprises in this story were relentless. Just when you think you have a handle on what’s happening, Voss pulls the rug from under you and with each new twist my poor little brain was scrabbling to catch up.
I loved the whole damn twisted thing. Definitely a contender for my books of the year list. Bravo Louise Voss, you’ve played a blinder with this one!
The Old You can currently be downloaded from Amazon UK for just 99p. A steal for a fabulous book!
| Author Bio |
Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise has had books out via pretty much every publishing model there is, from deals with major traditional publishing houses (Transworld and Harper Collins), to digital-only (the Amazon-owned Thomas & Mercer) and self-publishing – she and co-author Mark Edwards were the first UK indie-published authors to hit the No. 1 spot on Amazon back in 2011. She has had eleven novels published in total, five solo and six co-written, a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction. Louise has an MA(Dist) in Creative Writing and also works as a literary consultant and mentor for writers at www.thewritingcoach.co.uk. She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crime-writing collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.