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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…?
The Old You is a very different psychological thriller; it is the first book by Louise Voss which I have read and she has jumped onto my list of must-read authors.
The novel opens as Ed Naismith is diagnosed with Pick’s disease, which is a rare form of progressive dementia. His father also suffered from the illness. Ed and his wife, Lynn are devastated by the news. But as they begin to adapt to the new situation they find themselves in, Ed’s attitude begins to change, and Lynn grows increasingly uncomfortable. But is this to do with Ed’s illness? What can Lynn do to stop her world crumbling around her?
The story felt very fresh, and it tackled some themes which I haven’t seen explored very much before in psychological thrillers, dementia is one of them. I really liked how Louise put her own original spin on other themes as well and this is what made the book really enjoyable.
Louise Voss delivered so many surprising twists and turns in this book and when they came they were hard-hitting, I don’t think I have ever been surprised as much as I have been by a book before. The characters were at the heart of her story and I really connected with Lynn; it is Lynn’s perspective that the novel is told from and she was a really likeable character, although I did find myself shaking my head at some of the decisions she was making.
Louise expertly drip feeds us with information about her character’s lives, to reel us even further into their world; after each new revelation came, I really couldn’t see where she was going to take us next. The Old You is a real page turner; the characterisation is stunning and there are some really ingenious and original twists. Thank you to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy to review and to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 28th February 2018 (Kindle) 15th May 2018 (paperback)
Print length: 300 pages
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