Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for The Old You by Louise Voss. Many thanks to Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater for inviting me.
About this 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 lost keys and missing 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…?
I have loved the books written by Louise Voss with fellow author Mark Edwards and I also adored her last standalone solo book The Venus Trap BUT…….The Old You is something very special indeed and definitely the pinnacle of her writing career so far! Now as most of you know I’m a super speedy reader but not with this book – it took me a WHOLE WEEK! And it’s not because I couldn’t get into it! No, it’s because I wanted to savour every word and I was thoroughly enjoying the slow and steady unfurling of the plot. I was able to devour every single page at a leisurely pace and it was heavenly. If you love domestic noir then this is going to be the book of 2018 for you. It has definitely reserved its place on my favourite books of the year list!
When Lynn’s husband starts showing symptoms of Picks disease, the same form of dementia that his father suffered from, she wants to support him as much as she possibly can. But when strange things start to happen and Eds behaviour starts to go downhill, will Lynn be able to cope with losing her soulmate?
So I hadn’t really read the blurb when I first picked up The Old You and I’m glad that I went into it blind as it meant that I had no preconceptions of how the storyline would develop. It turned out to have all the elements that I desire in my psychological thrillers but with a feeling of such originality and uniqueness that meant I really wasn’t sure who to trust, which stories to believe but most of all I had no idea of which direction it was trying to send me! The twists were expertly crafted and felt organically developed within the most beautifully written narrative that flowed with a leisurely confidence. I became completely involved with these cleverly created characters and the fascinating insight into their relationship.
The Old You takes domestic noir to the next level. It’s an intriguing account of a marriage full of secrets and lies but with a sinister undertone that slowly drags you under until you’re completely immersed in the menacing atmosphere. I just loved it and didn’t want it to finish!
Highly recommended by me!
The Old You is available to purchase from Amazon UK (affiliates link) Thank you to Orenda Books for my review copy.
Meet the author…
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 http://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