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…?
I would like to thank Louise Voss, Orenda Books and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC in return for an honest review.
I found The Old You to be such a rich and rewarding read. The story was fascinating and I couldn’t wait to get back to it, if forced to take a break for work. The story matures as it progresses and yet doesn’t rest on it’s laurels. It frequently had me questioning my assumptions about where the story was heading. Just as Lynn questions the foundations her marriage is resting on, I had to constantly reassess my feelings towards characters I thought I knew. There are plenty of twists and turns, and each one managed to ratchet up the tension a little bit more. So that by the end you feel a little punch drunk. It is chilling as well, leaving me thinking I really need to check my doors and windows are locked.
The characters are excellent. Lyn is multi layered and very likeable. Very much a strong and determined women. I admired the way Louise Voss gave her a back story that showed she was not your standard wife come housewife. I found myself loving her secrets as much as her present, which is drip fed to us and unravels as the novel progresses. Ed is a chameleon like, in that your never sure if what your seeing at any point in the novel is the real him.
The Old You is yet another superb read from Orenda books.
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About the author.
Louise Voss has been writing for the past eighteen years, with many twists and turns in her career. She started her publishing life with four novels for Transworld/Black Swan, the first of which, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 with its own CD soundtrack. This was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels, Are You My Mother? Lifesaver, and Games People Play, until she switched to publishing thrillers with Mark Edwards.
She and Mark were the first British indie authors to reach No.1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death, where they stayed for the month of June 2011, with their novel Killing Cupid also at No. 2. This led to a four-book deal with Harper Collins; then two books in the DI Lennon series, From the Cradle and The Blissfully Dead (Thomas & Mercer).
Her first solo thriller was The Venus Trap in 2015 and her second, a twisty tale of domestic noir, is out in May 2018: The Old You, published by @OrendaBooks.