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The Old You

Published Date: 16th January 2018

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28 February 2018
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Description

Someone’s mind is playing tricks … but whose?

Lynn Waites 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, other, long buried, begin to surface … and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble.
But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?

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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

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 ‘A cracking page-turner that sucks you straight into the dark heart of human behaviour. I couldn’t put it down!’ Marnie Riches, author of Born Bad

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‘A twisty, thrilling read with engaging and complex characters!’ Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill

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The Old You is a tense, super-twisty, well-written page-turner  … Fab read’ Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake

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 ‘I’m a huge fan of Louise Voss’s novels and this one did not disappoint. Cleverly plotted and beautifully executed, a must-read for fans of emotionally driven, dark and twisted thrillers’ Susi Holliday, author of The Damselfly

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‘The way the plot unfolds, unfolds – and unfolds again – is brilliant. Poignant, clever and terrifically tense’ William Shaw, author of The Birdwatcher

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‘A top-notch thriller, with seams of doubt and illusion sewn through the plot with total skill. I love books where you wonder who to trust, and keep changing your mind’ Hayley Webster, author of Jar Baby

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‘If I’m looking a bit sleep-deprived right now it’s because this one is keeping me up way past my bedtime. A really original and compelling story from Louise Voss that will keep you turning the pages’ Howard Linskey, author of The Drop

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‘A disturbing, brilliant tale of lies and psychological manipulation, with a gutsy, believable heroine’ Kate Rhodes, author of Crossbones Yard

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‘A brilliant tale of deception with a twist that took my breath away’ Mark Edwards, author of Follow You Home

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‘One of the twistiest books I’ve read for a while. Completely gripping’ Cass Green, author The Woman Next Door

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‘It’s immense! I loved it! Couldn’t put it down’ Jane Isaac, author of The Lies Within

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‘Brilliantly unsettling, a gripping, clever novel where nothing can be taken at face value’ Jane Casey, author of After the Fire

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‘This novel was so creepy it kept me awake. I was guessing right to the end’ Katerina Diamond, author of The Teacher  

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‘Grippy and twisty, this one will keep you guessing’ Melanie McGrath, author of White Heat

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‘An ingeniously twisty tale of simmering resentments, long-hidden secrets and murderous intent – a must read for all psychological thriller fans’ Steph Broadribb, author of Deep Down Dead

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The Old You has a unique vibe that makes it stand out, and also a truly twisty yet believable tale with memorable characters and a cleverly woven atmospheric narrative’ Liz Loves Books

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The Old You provoked an uneasy feeling inside me from beginning to end, as I worried about what was to come, yet I couldn’t tear myself away from it. I wasn’t sure what was real and what wasn’t, whether everything was as it seemed or something more sinister was going on … Filled with jaw-dropping revelations, I had no idea where the book was heading and I was certainly surprised as I followed this twisty rollercoaster journey’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘Storytelling at its best’ Now

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‘Compelling stuff’ Heat

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‘It is Louise Voss’s voice that you remember at the end: contemporary, female, authentic’ Independent

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‘An exhilarating ride’ New Woman

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‘Strong characters, a meaty plot and a satisfyingly unexpected twist’ Woman and Home

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‘An exceptional achievement’ What’s On in London

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‘A beautifully written début novel’ OK!

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‘A sad, funny book about friendship, love and getting a new life’ The Big Issue

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‘It’s brilliant … Funny, smart, believable, honest, moving … a lovely book’ Phill Jupitus

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‘My favourite book this year. A beautifully written story which I didn’t want to end’ Cerys Matthews

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 back in 2011. She has had eleven novels published in total, five 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.

Online Reviews

‘There are so many secrets and lies hidden within these pages; just as the reader thinks that they’ve worked it out, the author throws another curveball at us. Throwing us off balance, making us hold our breath in anticipation. Louise Voss has a real eye for characterisation. I’ll admit that whilst I didn’t particularly like any of the lead characters, I was totally and utterly invested in them, they are magnificent creations dropping their secrets here and there. I was gripped, to the point of obsession. The Old You is a fresh and new, the author explores the dark psychology that makes up human relationships, she looks at the impact that lies and hidden truths can have, and best of all, she does with such an ease. This is a story with a genius premise; a combination of dark, psychological thriller and a hard-hitting, tough-loving relationship drama. A tantalising, irresistible and extremely satisfying novel. I loved it and will be shouting about it for a long long time!’

 Random Things Through My Letterbox

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‘I have to say that Louise Voss’ writing in this book is outstanding. This psychological thriller provided some uncomfortable reading, tackling the emotional topic of early-onset dementia … Louise Voss’ prose is highly compelling, creating vivid (and brilliant) imagery of people and places … I won’t give anything away about the plot. But I will say that The Old You is filled with jaw-dropping revelations. I had no idea where the book was heading and I was certainly surprised as I followed this twisty rollercoaster journey’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘As you’d expect from a writer with nearly a dozen books to her name, Voss has plenty of cunning tricks up her sleeve. At heart, this is a portrait of a marriage in crisis, the lies we tell ourselves and the secrets we keep in order to hang on to the emotional and financial security a long-term relationship can bring. ‘The Old You’ takes on different meanings as Lynn longs for the man Ed once was, but is also forced to question his past – and her own.  There are plenty of twists, lots of emotional insights and enough tension to please even the most demanding reader. A superior slice of domestic noir. I loved it’ Paul Burston

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‘The plotting of this is excellent, the build up is paced perfectly.  The reader is lulled in, not realising that Louise Voss has woven a web of intricate darkness around them until it’s too late.  There’s always a point in a book that you get to where you know that you’re not going to be able to put the book down and absolutely have to keep reading to find out what happens and Voss really knows how to bait the chapters perfectly. It’s slick, it’s impressive and it’s addictive reading! Louise Voss is a name that will be appearing on my “must read” list from now on!’ The Quiet Knitter

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‘Twisty is not the word! Just when I thought I knew what was going on, I was proved wrong and then some. This psychological is one that deserves that tag for it messes with your head and you never really know who is telling the truth … Unreliable narrators have never been this much fun! I would also say that’s it’s a cut above the rest of a lot of physiological thrillers – a very unique premise and a very unique way of unravelling the truth. The writing is of course at the heart of that – Louise Voss writes with both innocence and menace at the same time. Gripping and insightful look at a marriage where nothing is what it seems. The characters are some of the most complex and well developed I’ve read in a while. Dark and darker still’ The Book Trail

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‘This is brilliantly written with so many red herrings and about turns you’d think it would be confusing to read but the author is so highly skilled the transitions are seamless and the story flows so smoothly that every – single – little – bump, every gear change, on this journey jolted me out of my seat. Reading it is like snoozing gently on a long car journey and suddenly waking up to find the car has left the road and is hurtling down a rocky mountain and all you can do is hold tight and wait for the impact! And when it comes, boy will you know about it! Tense, scary and devious The Old You is out now – what are you waiting for?’ Beady Jans Books

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‘It was a book that left me in awe and lost for words. At the end of chapter one I had decided that I disliked one of the characters. But I was far too quick to judge, things were not as they seemed. As I read more I found that this was a book that completely messed with the reader’s head and I had either underestimated most of the characters in it or been duped. My thoughts and feelings changed constantly. I hadn’t really read the book synopsis, I sometimes like to go into a book with no knowledge of the storyline and I am glad that I did so with this book. There are no spoilers there but I found it added to the suspense. It is difficult to say anything about the plot without revealing any of the twists so I won’t. All I will say is that it s intimidating, isolating and very clever’ Steph’s Book Blog

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‘I can’t begin to tell you how gripping this book is. Louise Voss’s use of language is so incredibly clever that I was engrossed before I knew it. It is also a massive achievement to write characters that are unlikable and feel completely invested in them. The characterisation was so on point that the suspense was ratcheted up to points where I felt uncomfortable and fearful … Suffice it to say I really enjoyed this book. It is a tightly written, wonderful woven tale of marriage and duplicity and forces you to ask the question; how well do you you ever know anybody? It delves deep into the human psyche and examines the darkness within’ Beverley Has Read

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‘Voss has created intriguing characters, and she constantly asks the reader to change their opinion of them. Just as I thought I had the measure of a character, Voss threw a curveball at me; not just once, but time and time again, until by the time I reached the ending, I was on tenterhooks, unsure if it was safe to relax! … Prior to reading The Old You, I had never heard of Pick’s disease, and I am in awe at the volume of research Voss must have done in order to develop Ed’s character so convincingly. I was fascinated by the way the condition manifested itself in Ed. This is the first of Voss’ works that I have read, but it won’t be the last!’ Portable Magic

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‘I read this book in a day. I absolutely tore through the pages. I was with Lynn all the way through. Every secret she unearthed, I felt I unearthed with her. Every lie that shocked her, shocked me. And with every piece of the puzzle that slotted into place, I felt as if I was with her on her new path. Tension and suspense abound in this complex, riveting slice of domestic noir. It’s original, intriguing and so, so very clever. I loved it and although I was racing to the end, I really didn’t want it to end because I was enjoying it so much! Compelling. Dark. Mysterious’ Ronnie Turner

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‘Louise Voss’ writing was brilliant, all her characters were well developed with detailed back stories that explained their current actions. She really kept the tension throughout, from that first page to the last and that hooked me. I loved all the detail in this book and how everything came together for a spine tingling end. Louise Voss is a new author for me but I will now look at buying more of her books. The Old You is a sinister read with chilling and calculating characters and a plot that will shock and surprise you to ; a superb read’ Book Literati

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‘I was left totally open-mouthed as the story jumped back to the past and then present day and just blown away with both. It really does have that Hitchcock air about it, as I began dissecting everyone in the story and feeling quite paranoid about all of the characters because the more I got to know them, the more I felt that everyone had something to hide. Just when I thought that the story was coming to an end there was a ‘and then’ continuation that just kept wowing me at every little twist ‘and then’ there was another ‘and then’ another … I really loved how Lynn developed throughout the story but to be honest all the characters were spot on. Brilliant plot!’ Books From Dusk Till Dawn

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‘What I can say is that this is one great read. It’s claustrophobic, intense and electrifying. I didn’t find any of the characters likeable but I sympathised with each one until, that is, the story turned on its head and sent me in a different direction which happened quite a lot … It’s cleverly plotted and to be honest, I’m not sure how the author managed to come up with such a dark and unusual plot and keep it so realistic but she definitely did manage it. It’s a tale of manipulation, deception, secrets and lies and it’s a total triumph’ Short Book and Scribes

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Louise takes part in a Q & A as part of the blog tour. A Crime Readers Blog

 

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