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The Old You Paperback – 15 May 2018
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'I loved the subtlety and style of Louise Voss's writing; the slow reveals and hints at the darkness to come in The Old You will make it impossible to put down!' --Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes
'One of the twistiest books I've read for a while. Completely gripping.' --Cass Green, author The Woman Next Door
'It's immense! I loved it! Couldn't put it down.' --Jane Isaac, author of The Lies Within
About the Author
Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise has had books out via pretty much every publishing model there is, from deals with major traditional publishing houses (Transworld and Harper Collins), to digital-only (the Amazon-owned Thomas & Mercer) and self-publishing – she and co-author Mark Edwards were the first UK indie-published authors to hit the No. 1 spot on Amazon. She has had twelve novels published in total, six solo and six co-written, a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction. Louise has an MA (Dist) in Creative Writing and also works as a literary consultant and mentor for writers at www.thewritingcoach.co.uk. She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crime-writing collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.
Follow Louise on Twitter: @LouiseVoss1
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The driving force behind The Old You lies in the secrets and tension between Lyn and Ed, a couple whose marriage is in crisis, on the surface conflict seems to arise from Ed’s early-onset dementia, and the problems that it brings, but like any good psychological thriller the author slowly reveals a tangled and very deceitful web. I found my emotions constantly shifting, to begin with I was sympathetic to the couples plight, this was followed by empathy, and ending in outrage. Due to Ed’s conditions you can’t but help question his part in the story, an ingenious ploy on the author’s part. I worked with people with dementia for many years, so feel I’m able to say the author’s portrayal of someone with dementia was very authentic, she captured their emotions, behaviour and thoughts perfectly.
A niggling unease settled over me which only grew stronger as Louise Voss describes the couples relationship and the changes that begin to occur through Ed’s diagnoses. Just as I thought the book was taking one direction Louise Voss threw a magnificent spanner in the works and the plot took a very sinister and disturbing turn. Superbly executed I literally sat their in stunned silence, as the author revealed twist after devious twist. Part domestic noir Louise Ross has proven it’s possible to write a unique story which still manages to maintain both the suspense and tension of a psychological thriller. The Old You will most definitely be on my top reads of 2018, it’s original, compelling with shocks galore, definitely my kind of book. Highly recommended.
A couple coping when a devastating illness affects one of them.
Secrets from the past. Secrets from each other.
You think you know someone but do you really? All is never as it seems in this book. One thing led to another which made me think ‘of course’, only to be totally wrong footed again.
Louise Voss is a new writer to me but she most definitely deserves a place in the top tier of crime fiction writers.
I understand that this type of book is now referred to as ‘domestic noir’. Well it’s certainly that.
The book was an exceptionally good enjoyable read with a totally absorbing free flowing narrative. Well plotted, planned and executed.
Finished the book by reading well into the night until my Other Half found me asleep the next morning with the book draped across me on the last page. Of course he took a photo on his phone that I’m not sharing and no-one can make me! 😉
All in all a cracking good read. Looking forward to looking for more books by this author.
Keeps you guessing up to the final twist and if like me you like well crafted dark novels full of twists and turns then make sure you read this cracker.
Having said that, I'm going to have to seriously revise my opinion of this writer - this is way way better than anything of hers that I've read before and with a little more polish could be up there with the best.
Louise Voss has layered deception after deception in this fabulously well written, fast paced and riveting thriller - Characters brought to life on the page, the agonising life of someone who's partner is suffering from dementia captured perfectly, my emotions as a reader were triggered time after time.... unsettling, shocking and somewhat disturbing.
As you can gather from the above I absolutely loved this one!
5 big fat shiny stars and I will be reading more from this fab author!!
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