The Old You by Louise Voss ** Book Review**
It's great to be taking part in the celebrations for Louise Voss' latest psychological thriller, The Old You. Here's what the publisher, Orenda Books has to say about it:
A tense Hitchcockian psychological thriller in which nothing is as it seems, every truth might be a lie, and the past looms ever larger over the present, The Old You is a nail-bitingly modern slice of domestic noir.
Someone’s mind is playing tricks … but whose?
Lynn Waites 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, other, long buried, begin to surface … and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble. But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?
The majority of this story takes place within the home and its everyday nature, makes it seem so believable and credible. It starts with Ed's diagnosis of dementia and from this moment on, you never really know what is true and what is false. As the plot is revealed, you realise that actually, all the characters have secrets hidden in their past which seem to have a bearing on the present. You're just not sure how or why.
I was thoroughly hooked from the start. There are several red herrings to dazzle the reader with and the author is positively encouraging you to hypothesise and sort out the clues. Of course, it is not as easy as that. You begin to feel that maybe you are losing a sense of proportion and imagining scenarios. Everyone seems to be an actor. There are enough surprises to keep the momentum going and the plot fairly rattles on to the end. This piece of domestic noir is well written and Louise Voss' experience as a writer shines through as she leads the reader on through twists and turns.
In short: domestic noir par excellence.
About the Author
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. for writers at www.thewritingcoach.co.uk.
Book link: Amazon UK
Thanks to Louise Voss, Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater of Orenda Books for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
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