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** My thanks to the wonderful Karen Sullivan for my copy of this book **

 

Description:

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…?

 

My Thoughts & Review:

Clever claustrophobic reads are in, and this book falls under that heading.  What Louise Voss has done here is write a superbly intelligent thriller that makes you wonder what to trust and who to believe.

I want to avoid saying anything that relates to the plot of this book through fear of hinting as to what goes on in this book, but suffice to say, this is one book that caught be completely off guard.  There’s a creeping unease that leeches from the pages, the reader knows that Ed’s diagnosis of early-onset dementia could shatter the idyllic world that Lynn and Ed have created, but there’s no way of knowing how bad it might get.

Lynn Naismith is a character that I found that I wanted to understand, the early hints about her made me curious.  Just how did she meet Ed, what was it that she saw in him when they met, what did she give up to be with him?  There were times whilst reading that I didn’t quite understand her motivations and could not necessarily agree with her actions but nonetheless, this didn’t stop me from caring about the character.  And as I read on, I found that I became more invested in her, I was soon caught up with what was happening to her and frantically trying to untangle the events around her to make sense of what she was facing.  Don’t you just love when a character becomes so tangible and you try to work out what might happen to then if various things occur?

The plotting of this is excellent, the build up is paced perfectly.  The reader is lulled in, not realising that Louise Voss has woven a web of intricate darkness around them until it’s too late.  There’s always a point in a book that you get to where you know that you’re not going to be able to put the book down and absolutely have to keep reading to find out what happens and Voss really knows how to bait the chapters perfectly.
It’s slick, it’s impressive and it’s addictive reading!

Louise Voss is a name that will be appearing on my “must read” list from now on!

 

You can buy a copy of The Old You via:

Amazon UK
Orenda Book eBookstore

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