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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: The Old You by Louise Voss @orendabooks @LouiseVoss1

The Old You
by Louise Voss

Thanks so much to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for this amazing copy.  Thrilled to be today's stop on the Blog Tour.

Publisher:  Orenda Books
Publish Date:  May 15, 2018
300 Pages
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Domestic Noir

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...?

Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise Voss has had eleven novels published – five solo and six co-written with Mark Edwards: a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction – and sold over 350,000 books. Louise has an MA (Dist) in Creative Writing and also works as a literary consultant and mentor for writers at She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crimewriting collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.

My Review:

You ever run into those books that just creep up on you?  It's that slow burn that sets the tone of the entire story and then continually surprises you as it increases in pace and turns you on your axis.  This is one of those books.  The kind that proves you don't need that throat punch of a twisty read to still be an outstanding psychological thriller.  That sneaks up on you right up until the very end.  


I'm finding myself surprised that Voss hasn't been on my radar until now.  This was a one sit read and the next thing I knew, hours had gone by and I was turning that last page.  I did a bit of a double take in a few parts and had to turn back to make sure what I read was correct.  Lots of little twists throughout that make this one of those "don't think you know, because you don't" kind of reads.  Just remember, these are all things that come about in a slower pace than you might find your typical psychological thriller, which is where the noir comes in - that subtlety  that I've grown to appreciate in any type of noir thriller.  Hitchcockian is a huge word to use for any type of read, but best describes how the tone of this book is set.

Vivid characters, cleverly plotted and the prime of what domestic noir is at heart.  


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