The Old You by Louise Voss

Someone’s mind is playing tricks… but whose? 

Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to Anne Carter for the copy of the book and for inviting me onto this book tour. I hadn’t read any of Louise Voss’s books before but the synopsis was so intriguing I had to read it. Knowing it was published by Orenda Books meant I knew I was in for a winner straight away.

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The Blurb

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 
Lynn has been happily married to Ed for 10 years when they notice Ed has started to miss out words, forget arrangements and generally behave in a manner very unlike himself. They soon discover Ed has Picks disease, a form of dementia. Things begin to unravel in Lynn’s life pretty rapidly after that. The past and the present crash into each other with force, resulting in strange and sinister events. There is very little more I can tell you in the way of the plot of this book without giving away any spoilers. You’ll need to go and read it for yourself. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.

After hearing Louise speak at Newcastle Noir I was astounded to hear that she doesn’t plot or plan out her books in advance, as this story is so intricately woven. It’s one of those books that I know when I go back to read it a second time I will find little clues I have surely missed the first time.

 

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An absolutely amazing Team Orenda panel at Newcastle Noir

Throughout this book, I was constantly feeling a quiet trepidation, knowing that at any moment something else could be revealed. I felt a sense of unease about every situation and every character. I spent the entire time I was reading it trying to work out who I could trust and who I should be wary of. At one point or another in the story I had forebodings about every character due to the wickedly crafted plotting of Voss. Little crumbs were left to lead me up one path, only to be trampled on in the next chapter sending me in a completely different direction. On many occasions while reading in public I was left open mouthed in complete shock. (Not a good look while surrounded by people)

 

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Not sure reading in Starbucks is a wise idea with a book that will prompt such extreme facial expressions!

Every page was dripping with tension and the more I found out, the more questions I had. I couldn’t believe some of the twists and turns Voss threw into the story and at times I was starting to doubt myself. At Newcastle Noir, Louise Voss mentioned that it took her three years to write ‘The Old You’ but I can guarantee you it is well worth the wait. I devoured this book as fast as I could, savouring every word and detail.

 

 

Follow the rest of the blogtour here…..

 

FINAL Old You blog poster 2018 copy

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