I am incredibly excited to host a stop on the blog tour for The Old You by Louise Voss! My thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda and Anne Cater for the invitation and my stunning review copy!
Author : Louise Voss
Title : The Old You
Pages : 300
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : May 15, 2018
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…?
Well, hello, Louise Voss! Let me apologise. I have no earthly idea how you managed to evade my radar all these years but I promise that I now firmly have my eye on you and will not lose sight of you again. I don’t mean that to sound as creepy as it does.
Every once in a while, a humdinger of a psychological thriller finds its way into my hands and completely restores my faith in this slightly oversaturated genre. The Old You is that humdinger, people. Throw everything you think you know about books like these out the window and prepare yourself for an incredibly thrilling ride. Don’t for one second make the same mistake I did, imagining this will be a predictable journey and you will have it all figured out halfway through the story. No, no. Louise Voss obviously doesn’t work that way and is far cleverer than that.
Lynn’s husband Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. The signs have been there for a while but it’s a devastating blow nonetheless. Things quickly turn far more sinister though. Things that are for worse than leaving your keys in the fridge or socks in the dishwasher, forgetting a name or a password and Lynn’s life soon starts to crumble. That’s all I’m giving away for fear of ruining anything.
What a deliciously devious and devilish plot this is. It seems to lead you down a certain path until you suddenly find yourself walking face first into a brick wall. Never mind twists, these are more like shocks that leave your mouth wide open and your brain fried to crisps. Quite frankly, it left me feeling like the losing side in a wrestling match. You know, battered and bruised, a little sweaty, utterly exhausted but you just want to jump to your feet and do it all again because the thrill and the buzz of it was just that insanely awesome. Something like that anyway.
The Old You is an intensely suspenseful and gripping tale that kept me guessing until the end. I absolutely devoured this book, racing through it in one absolutely delightful sitting. It’s brilliantly written, intelligently plotted and grabs you by the throat until you’re almost breathless. With a creepy, tense and somewhat threatening feel to it, it had me engrossed until I flipped the final page.
I’m not entirely sure my review is doing this addictive story any justice. It’s been a while since a psychological thriller left such an impression on me and I’m struggling to find the words to explain to you how much I loved it. I can tell you right now though that this one will be right up there in my list of books of the year. I absolutely can’t wait for whatever Louise Voss comes up with next but in the meantime, I’ll be correcting the error of my ways and catching up on some of her older work. One to watch for sure and The Old You is definitely one to buy and read right now! Highly recommended!
The Old You is available in ebook format now! The UK paperback will be published on May 15th but you should totally go ahead and pre-order it. Trust me!
Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise Voss has had eleven novels published – five solo and six co-written with Mark Edwards : a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction – and sold over 350,000 books.
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.
Author links : Twitter