At the peak of her career as lead singer of a legendary 1980s indie band, Meredith Vincent was driven off the international stage by a horrific incident. Now living a quiet existence in a cottage on the grounds of an old stately home, she has put her past behind her and come to terms with her new life.
When a body is found in the manicured gardens of her home, and a series of inexplicable and unsettling events begins to occur, it becomes clear that someone is watching, someone who knows who she is … Someone who wants vengeance.
And this is only the beginning…
A dark, riveting and chilling psychological thriller, The Last Stage is also a study of secrets and obsessions, where innocent acts can have the most terrifying consequences.
The Last Stage by Louise Voss is a tense and breathtaking psychological thriller. I can’t believe it’s taken me more than a year to get round to reading this book, as I was a huge fan of her previous novel, The Old You. Her last two books have now ensured that I will read anything that she releases and immediately bump it up to the top of my TBR pile.
The tension kicks in right at the very start of the book, with a very tense and disturbing opening, and it never drops. We meet Meredith who once had a short but successful career as a singer when she was part of a band. Meredith doesn’t want to go back to that past, and she is happy in the new life she has built for herself. But as Meredith’s world starts to crumble around her, we begin to see that she is hiding something. She fears that someone from her past is coming after her, and that person means her harm.
Meredith was an intriguing character. I wanted to know what reasons she had for cutting her career in music short, especially when she was being tipped for superstardom. I wanted to know why still, all these years later, she wasn’t keen to go back to that world. What happened all those years ago? What was it that had made her turn her back on music?
It’s hard to go too much into the plot without giving details away. The main question which I kept asking was who was targeting Meredith. I could never work out who the person was who was behind what was happening, and this is what I loved about this book. Once again, Louise’s characters pull you right into the story, what I love about her work, is her ability to bring her characters to life. Creating believable and brilliant characters is one of Louise’s strongest skills as a writer.
Louise also takes us back in time to Meredith’s teenage years, shortly before she first becomes involved with the band. I really enjoyed these scenes as it kept me wondering if there was something in this section of the novel that would explain the events that are happening in the future.
The tense finale kept me turning the pages as I waited to see what was going to happen next. I didn’t manage to guess at all, who the person behind the events that had taken place was, and I thought it was very cleverly done. It’s a twist that will make you think back to everything that you have read before, and I loved how Louise worked it into the plot. The final chapters were also very chilling as well, and I really had no idea how things were going to pan out.
The Last Stage is deliciously dark. A completely gripping psychological thriller that will keep you hooked all the way through. I loved it.
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 9th June 2019 (kindle) 11th July 2019 (paperback)
Print length: 305 pages
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