The Old You
"A psychological thriller that sucks you in and does not let you go"
Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the lover 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 lost keys and missing 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?....
Where do I start? When I receive a book to read and review I always secretly hope it is really good as I never want to have to write an ok or below par review. I went into this book with that same hope. The Old You was my first book that I have read by Louise Voss so I had to have an open mind about it. Thankfully it did not take me long to get stuck into this book and at a very early stage I knew this was going to be a cracking read.
Psychological thrillers are one of, if not my favourite genre's to read. I love how they play with your mind and you have to juggle the reading of the book whilst also playing detective in your head as you try and work out what has happened or who has done what. This book had everything for me. It had twists and turns everywhere and was probably one of the best psychological thrillers I have read in a few years. It was one of those books that you sit awake a night reading knowing you have to be up in 4/5 hours but you don't care. It kind of dares you to put it down. Each chapter, the words leapt off the pages leaving little hints that left you questioning what was coming next and made you change your mind from the previous chapter. The story built and built and you were that desperate to find out more that this was a very quick read. I am not the fastest of readers and even I read this over a long weekend. I was very happy with the whole storyline, I found it very originally and just when you think the book was coming to an end... BOOM! another twist...
The characters were really well written. I loved Lynn the main character who also played the part of the narrator. Originally you felt for her but you knew deep down she had some secrets of her own. The other characters played their part very well also. Each one of them you could not fully trust and they had you wondering what things were they hiding and maybe they might not be who they say they are.
Overall this book was fantastic. I really loved it and I will definitely read it again some day. This book will also not be my last that I read by Louise Voss. I love being introduced to new authors and I am really glad I had the opportunity to read one of her books.
If you love psychological thrillers, this book is a must. If you have never read one before I think you should give this one a go and maybe you might just fall in love with this genre.
This book is out now on E-Book and published on paperback on 15 May 2018
About the Author:
Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise Voss has had eleven novel 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 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.