Welcome to my spot on the blog tour today! I’m thrilled to share my review of The Old You By Louise Voss!
The Old You
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…?
Lynn and Ed Naismith have been happily married for ten years. They are lovers as well as old friends. He knows she likes the scent of lavender to ease her into sleep and she knows he likes to top up his tan any chance he can get. Kind, caring, supportive, they are the perfect couple. Or so it would seem. When Ed is diagnosed with early-onset dementia, their carefully built world topples. Crippled with heartache, Lynn watches her husband steadily change before her eyes. Words are lost and memories forgotten. Their relationship shifts under her very fingertips and the people they were vanish. Strange events and old memories collide in Lynn’s rapidly fraying world. And before long the lines begin to blur. Is it Ed’s mind that is failing or is it Lynn’s? Or perhaps even both?
A few times throughout this book, I thought I had it sussed. I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Louise Voss keeps a constant stream of twists and turns coursing through the pages. Every aspect of this book is honed to perfection. The characters are engaging and surprising, their buried secrets and lies dipping into the present and causing a ruckus in their own lives as well as the ones around them. The plot is a finely woven, intricately told tale of deceit, manipulation, lies and buried secrets.
I read this book in a day. I absolutely tore through the pages. I was with Lynn all the way through. Every secret she unearthed, I felt I unearthed with her. Every lie that shocked her, shocked me. And with every piece of the puzzle that slotted into place, I felt as if I was with her on her new path.
Tension and suspense abound in this complex, riveting slice of domestic noir. It’s original, intriguing and so, so very clever. I loved it and although I was racing to the end, I really didn’t want it to end because I was enjoying it so much!
Compelling. Dark. Mysterious.
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About Louise Voss
Louise Voss has been writing for the past eighteen years, with many twists and turns in her career. She started her publishing life with four novels for Transworld/Black Swan, the first of which, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 with its own CD soundtrack. This was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels, Are You My Mother? Lifesaver, and Games People Play, until she switched to publishing thrillers with Mark Edwards.
She and Mark were the first British indie authors to reach No.1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death, where they stayed for the month of June 2011, with their novel Killing Cupid also at No. 2. This led to a four-book deal with Harper Collins; then two books in the DI Lennon series, From the Cradle and The Blissfully Dead (Thomas & Mercer).
Her first solo thriller was The Venus Trap in 2015 and her second, a twisty tale of domestic noir, is out in May 2018: The Old You, published by @OrendaBooks.
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Huge thanks to Karen at Orenda Books and Anne at Random Things Tours for my review copy and blog tour invite!