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The Old You

Published Date: 16th January 2018

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Description

Someone’s mind is playing tricks … but whose?

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 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…?

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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.
Follow Louise on Twitter: @LouiseVoss1

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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’Louise Voss has a brilliantly twisted mind! I love how she takes a “normal” situation and turns it into something so delightfully dark. I found myself completely engrossed in the plot, the characters and the settings. My heart raced and my jaw dropped as each layer was unpeeled to reveal the final truth! Secrets and lies, dark and hidden pasts all combine to provide a thrilling read! Authentic, twisted, dark, chilling, intensely terrifying all spring to mind when I try to sum up how “The Old You” made me feel! Domestic Noir with a little je ne sais quoi! Sit back and enjoy the read folks, this one is a cracker!’ Chapter In My Life

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‘It turned out to have all the elements that I desire in my psychological thrillers but with a feeling of such originality and uniqueness that meant I really wasn’t sure who to trust, which stories to believe but most of all I had no idea of which direction it was trying to send me! The twists were expertly crafted and felt organically developed within the most beautifully written narrative that flowed with a leisurely confidence … The Old You takes domestic noir to the next level. It’s an intriguing account of a marriage full of secrets and lies but with a sinister undertone that slowly drags you under until you’re completely immersed in the menacing atmosphere. I just loved it and didn’t want it to finish! Highly recommended by me!’ My Chestnut Reading Tree 

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‘I thought that this book was absolutely excellent!! It creeps along slowly and I was continually guessing where the plot was going, there were plenty of twists and turns and I loved it! The main characters in this book, Ed and Lynn are excellent and at times reading the book I have sat with my mouth open – it is a stunning book, so well written with a superb plot – I started reading it one afternoon and didn’t stop until I’d finished it later on that evening, I did not want to put it down and I honestly cannot recommend this one highly enough! Five stars from me, an excellent psychological thriller and one of the best books I have read so far this year!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

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‘This is the first book I’ve read by Louise Voss and I’m happy to report that I was not disappointed!!  The Old You has every necessary ingredient to make one explosive Psychological Thriller; suspense, misdirection, tension, duplicity and spine tingling twists … The plot is exceptionally well crafted, I thought I saw where the plot was going, on the whole I did, but it gave me so much more than I bargained on, throwing up a few curve balls towards the end. I devoured this book, I didn’t want to put it down.  At times, I had to remind myself to relax as my body was knotted with tension at some parts of the book.  It was such a breath-taking joy to read, and the ending was perfect.  Psychological Thrillers are hugely popular; I find most are either mediocre or really brilliant – this falls into the really brilliant category’

Feminisia Libros Reviews

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‘While reading The Old You, my feelings about the main characters changed many times. My feelings ranged from, dislike, pity, frustration, admiration. These changes of heart were new to me, I usually change my mind once maybe twice. The way Voss was able to reinvent almost all the characters throughout the entire book was amazing. This was also one of reasons I found it so hard to stop reading. I know we are still pretty early on in the year, but I am calling The Old You one of my favorite reads of 2018. The story is filled with anxiety, understated danger, and delivered with well timed  surprises and finesse. Fans of Clare Macintosh and B. A. Paris should add The Old You to their list of must reads’

 Murder and Moore

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The Old You is described as ‘nail-bitingly modern domestic noir and a tense, Hitchcockian psychological thriller’ and I can honestly say it most certainly lived up to its billing … The tension was never ending, the pace unstilting and the latter part of the novel had me wanting to turn the pages quicker than I could actually read the words so great was my need to unravel the truth. The Old You is fantastically clever and has certainly raised the game in the world of domestic noir’ My Bookish Blogspot

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‘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’

Thirty Pages In

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The Old You is an intensely suspenseful and gripping tale that kept me guessing until the end. I absolutely devoured this book, racing through it in one absolutely delightful sitting. It’s brilliantly written, intelligently plotted and grabs you by the throat until you’re almost breathless. With a creepy, tense and somewhat threatening feel to it, it had me engrossed until I flipped the final page. I’m not entirely sure my review is doing this addictive story any justice. It’s been a while since a psychological thriller left such an impression on me and I’m struggling to find the words to explain to you how much I loved it. Highly recommended!’ Novel Deelights

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‘The story felt very fresh, and it tackled some themes which I haven’t seen explored very much before in psychological thrillers, dementia is one of them. I really liked how Louise put her own original spin on other themes as well and this is what made the book really enjoyable. Louise Voss delivered so many surprising twists and turns in this book and when they came they were hard-hitting, I don’t think I have ever been surprised as much as I have been by a book before … The Old You is a real page turner; the characterisation is stunning and there are some really ingenious and original twists’ Hooked From Page One

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Louise takes part in the ‘best of crime’ series as part of the blog tour. Off-The-Shelf Books 

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‘The book is set at an exhilarating pace. The characters, their life journey, their predicaments through the way, are depicted in a realistic manner. The storyline catches the interest of readers since the beginning and holds it until the very end. The story throws so many curve balls that readers have no time to take a breather. For the people who love a good adrenaline rush, this book is for you. The author has done a brilliant job on the book. The way she has spun the tale is a testimony to her creativeness and exhibits her artistic quality as a writer. The plot is compelling and keeps the readers on their toes. It’s a psychological thriller that would leave your mind reeling and your heart craving for more from the author’ Book Worldliness

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‘Wow. What a one of a kind thriller. I did not expect that outcome, literally had me guessing through out! A real page turner that I devoured and would highly recommend to you all. I actually started to feel for Lynns character but something wasn’t quite right… same with Ed’s character. This story flicks back and forth between present time 2017 and the past back in 2007, but every switch is set out easily so the reader doesn’t become confused! Who do you think is loosing their mind? Will all be revealed? The Old You contains short chapters, fast paced and is easy to read. A well deserved four stars from me’ Gemma’s Book Reviews

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‘I was thoroughly hooked from the start. There are several red herrings to dazzle the reader with and the author is positively encouraging you to hypothesise and sort out the clues. Of course, it is not as easy as that. You begin to feel that maybe you are losing a sense of proportion and imagining scenarios. Everyone seems to be an actor. There are enough surprises to keep the momentum going and the plot fairly rattles on to the end. This piece of domestic noir is well written and Louise Voss’ experience as a writer shines through as she leads the reader on through twists and turns. In short: domestic noir par excellence’ Books, Life and Everything

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‘Something in this book just clicked for me and I was enraptured from first page to last … This is the first time I have read a book by Louise Voss but I know I will be back again. This is such a wondrous blend of poignant reflection, dark rooted secrets and cunning deception with a dark heart and a tense and twisted heart thumping conclusion – what is not to love? Top banana as I often say’

Jen Meds Book Reviews

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‘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 … 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’ Where the Reader Grows

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‘This is a book that caught my attention from the get go and subtlety drew me into a world that was addictive and a real eye opener. By the end of the story my thoughts on the characters had changed so much. If you want a story with a definitely sinister, dark, manipulative and psychologically twisted route then this is the book for you. Billed as having a feel of Hitchcock and a domestic noir, and yes I completely agree with this. It is an addictive and brilliant read, one I would Highly Recommend it is an absolute cracker’ Me and My Books 

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‘I loved that this book to me on an adventure, we travel with Lynn to the Channel Islands and then to Barbados. I enjoyed the different settings and each one is beautifully described, it felt like I was right by Lynn’s side, cheering her on as she fights for answers. ‘The Old You’ is dark, twisty, full of secrets and deception. It’s a book that I couldn’t put down, a book that I didn’t want to put down. This is a read that had so many of my favourite ingredients – a fantastic leading lady, travel, mystery, betrayal and a grand finale twist that I didn’t see coming. A big recommend from me’ Emma’s Bookish Corner

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‘Original and compelling, The Old You is one the book equivalent of a matryoshka doll – you open up one element of the plot and out another one pops, gradually descending layer by layer and twist by twist until you reach its dark and shocking heart. It’s a real rollercoaster of a book, filled with deception and doubt, that will have you turning the pages and staying up well past your bedtime – all of which makes it a great addition to any domestic or psychological thriller fan’s bookshelf!’ The Shelf of Unread Books

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The Old You is a very good domestic noir thriller, the premise of which drew me in from the offset, especially as it seems, from the poignant start, that Lynn Naismith, and her husband, Ed, are facing a huge challenge when Ed is diagnosed with a rare form of early onset dementia … The Old You is a dark and daring story with a subtle, and totally, believable edginess. It’s about the ambiguity of lives which are shrouded in secrets and lies, and credit to the skill of the author, who really does hold the reader in the palm of her hand, that when the dreadful jaw dropping truth finally emerges, it is as every bit as dramatic as I hoped it would be’ Jaffa Reads Too

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‘Louise Voss weaves a fantastic tale as along with Lynn, you start to have little doubts. Just little things that make you think and from then on in, you begin this rollercoaster ride that completely takes over anything else! I couldn’t stop reading this story as I was absolutely desperate to figure out what was actually the truth and was it anything like what I had imagined? Well the answer was no! There are twists galore and you are literally trying to catch your breath as you slowly digest what you’ve just read. I am still trying to digest this a few days after finishing it…. A truly excellent and well written story that will leave you gasping and desperate to read everything Louise Voss has ever written!’

Broadbean’s Books

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‘The simmering tension and uneasiness was palpable, the air was thick with tension and fear throughout the entire book, words can’t convey just how perfectly paced this was. Keeping a slower paced book exciting is no easy feat, there has to be something to hold your attention and let me tell you, Voss had me hanging off of every single word. I was waiting on pins and needles because I just knew bad things were bound to happen and secrets would be revealed, and when they were I was completely satisfied AND stupefied. Highly recommended by me for fans of crime fiction in general but also for anyone looking for an excellent example of domestic noir/suspense. This is a must read and will most definitely be on my list of favorites for the year’ Novel Gossip

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‘I enjoyed the way Voss took one of the most frightening illnesses a person and family can be confronted with and turned it into a crime, indeed can I call it the weapon of choice … Louise Voss clearly has the mind of a master criminal and plots accordingly, so readers are in for quite a ride with The Old You. It is a labyrinth of secrets, unforgivable betrayal and murderous intent. At times I think even the criminal isn’t entirely sure who the real culprit is. Prepare to be surprised at the sheer audacity of the crimes’ Cheryl MM’s Book Blog 

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‘Oh My God! ‘The Old You’ literally took me for a long ride and it was absolutely fantastic. I loved the style of writing and the way the story flashed back to Lynn’s past. I found myself lulled into a sense of security only for it to be cruelly shattered in the space of a few minutes. All that I believed to be true wasn’t. It seemed that I couldn’t trust the majority of the characters. Even at the end of the story I was fooled … ‘The Old You’ is a gripping story full of twists and turns. It will grab you by the neck and won’t let you go until the very end. This book should hopefully appeal to all fans of psychological thrillers. I really can’t wait to read this author’s next book’ A Lover of Books

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‘Louise Voss however skilfully weaves all these twists into a story that ticked every box for me. The characters were easily brought to life, it was almost like being a fly on the wall feeling as if I was experiencing everything that they were. I especially liked the changes in direction as we discover more about the characters. I know I’m being vague but as I said earlier I really don’t want to ruin the plot. What I will say is that you really won’t know up from down while reading this book as life slowly but surely unravels for Lynn. I always enjoy a story where I have no idea how it will all end as it makes for an even more thrilling story. The Old You is a brilliant example of this and I highly recommend picking a copy up! Five stars from me!’ Rae Reads

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‘The author cleverly releases intriguing facts about the couple and their life together which gives the reader a feeling of increasing unease as you wonder what exactly is going on. The tension gradually increases as the book goes on, and the many twists and turns keeps the reader on their toes and wondering what was going to happen next. I had just started guessing what might be happening and boom, the story started going in a completely different way. This is the second book by Louise Voss I’ve read and it definitely won’t be my last as I absolutely love her unique, highly tense books and can’t wait for her next one’ Over the Rainbow Book Blog

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‘I thought that Voss was incredibly clever in the way that she played out the “is it him or me” battle that is constantly going on in Lynn’s mind. These situations can sometimes be a little overdone, but I thought that Voss got the balance exactly right, and it was very convincing … The Old You is an excellent domestic noir / psychological thriller, and whilst I’d like to say that I worked out was going on, I suspect that Voss was just very carefully drip-feeding hints so subtly that I didn’t realise that’s what they were at the time. Whether my powers of detection are improving (doubtful) or not, there was still a magnificent twist that I didn’t see coming at all. Recommended to fans of domestic noir’

Jo’s Book Blog

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‘I just don’t want to give anything away about this brilliant book! I have a feeling this book is going to be a top read of 2018 … The Old You had me gripped to my kindle, the pages turned quickly as I got sucked more and more into the plot … The twists and turns throughout the book just blew my mind, I didn’t quite what to expect from the book but it exceeded any expectation I could have had. It’s haunting, claustrophobic and you really need to read it yourself to get the full effect. Louise has crafted a completely different but intriguing read that really got under my skin. An absolutely incredible read’ Katie’s Book Cave

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‘Louise Voss has a beautiful tone and turn of phrase to her writing that makes it a right proper page turner, even without the absorbing and thought provoking story … The plotting is clever and often unexpected – some of it is heartbreaking – some of it is actually very creepy – but overall it is fascinating, wonderfully written and a little like car crash telly – you just cannot look away. With an ending that will stay with you and a genuinely memorable set of characters “The Old You” is a purely emotional read with a dark dark heart, Highly Recommended’

Liz Loves Books

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The Old You is a skilfully crafted masterclass in writing and I loved being so confidently led through the beautifully woven and elaborate plot. Louise Voss has combined the unnerving chills of a dark and original thriller with a perceptive and engrossing look at the complexities of love and human relationships. I loved The Old You and I highly recommend it but I also suggest you start reading when you have a few hours spare because this superb book isn’t one you’ll want to put down’ Hair Past a Freckle

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‘Jaysus wept! This just might be the BEST domestic thriller I have read this year … possibly EVER! Set in Surrey I was enveloped in a story of isolation, betrayal, dementia, manipulation, friendships, relationships, mistrust, control, deviance, denial and desire. And what a bloody ride it was! … Would I recommend this book? That is a Hells Bells you bet I would – a SUPERB read and seriously the best domestic thriller I have read this year. Unnerving, compelling and OMFG just phenomenal – you MUST buy this book today! Louise Voss …I am onto you now’

Crime Book Junkie

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‘I had so many emotions reading this book, disbelief, shock, disbelief, more shock. It’s not that there weren’t lighter periods, more just that it was such a rollercoaster that what sticks with me is the shock and disbelief and doubts, so many doubts about various things. I loved this book, it’s easily one of my best reads this year so far. Don’t get me wrong, I have read some amazing books already but this one stands above many of them. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for!’ Book Lover Worm Blog

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‘This is one of the must read books of this year 2018, a truthfully domestic noir book. Lynn Naismith is trying to cope with the sad diagnostic that her beloved husband is on the first stages of dementia, they are trying to adjust to the new situation when some strange things start to happen … I liked this book not simply for the twisted and original plot, but how Louise Voss makes us feel not a mere observant of the plot but feeling everything on our own skin, real. I don’t want to make any spoiler, so please read it, and then ask yourselves if I didn’t tell you it was an amazing book!’ Varietats 

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The Old You by Louise Voss is a great read. Right from the start I was hooked and wanted to know what was going to happen. At first everything seemed perfectly normal, but of course, things aren’t always as they appear and this is certainly true in this case … This is a twisted read that will have the reader thinking one thing but really not sure whether that is what’s going on or not. I worked a lot of it out well before it was officially revealed but that didn’t matter, and although the whole thing is slightly implausible, it still makes for a great, twisty read’

If Only I Could Read Faster

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‘Voss’s writing is fantastic throughout with beautifully phrased lines that resonate with you and make you think … Voss manages to ensure that the atmosphere of the current storyline is not lost or diminished in any way. I loved The Old You, and I would go as far as saying if you only read one domestic noir this year make it this one as you will be hard pushed to find better. Tense, chilling and cleverly plotted’

Bloomin Brilliant Books

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‘I remember getting to read that blurb for the first time, and thinking, WOW I want it. I felt so sorry in the beginning for Lynn, having to choose, husband, career, and,dealing with a sick loved one. But soon, it was hard to read this book while being alone in the house…I had to constantly look out… I know.. it sounds silly until you are wrapped up in a book like this. There are plenty of great slow burn moments, that lead to this amazing plot. This is not your average domesticated noir that you are used to no way. I enjoyed each word and felt lucky to be able to tell you all about it today!!! 5 stars from this girl here!!!’  Vanessa Turns Pages 

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The Old You is like peeling an onion and finding an orange, then peeling further and finding a lemon! It starts as a very candid story of someone with early stages of picks which is a form of dementia. Or so you think! The story takes a gradual chilling turn. I literally could not put this book down. The characters were very believable and down to earth, and the story is so clever that i can guarantee it will have you thinking about it long after you’ve finished it. The climax to the story had me on the edge of my seat and my heart racing. Thank you Louise and Orenda books for an absolute gem of a book. A 5* plus review from me!’ The Wrong Side of Forty

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A twisted former friend taught Louise Voss all she needed to know about lying. Louise wrote a guest post for the Times Crime Club

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‘Why do I rate this book so highly? This is one of the few times when I had jobs to do around the house and had to do such jobs with this book in my hand. In fact I read the last 100 pages standing up by my back door, telling myself I’d ‘get on’, but stayed rooted to the spot, unable to put it down until the last page had been turned. That is the sign of a gripping read. ‘The Old You’ has it all… gripping plot, well-rounded (and unreliable) characters, twists, turns and revelations – all along the way rather than just at the end. You’d be mad not to throw this into your suitcase when you jet off on holiday!’ Louise was selected as Crime Squad’s author of the month. Crime Squad

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‘The novel shows you different aspects of her personality while keeping the story present throughout. This helps you get connected with Lynn as you are led towards the grand finale. She begins the novel unsure and too reliant on the people around her, but by the climax you see her grow as a person, faced with what happens to her she doesn’t really have a choice. Adapt or die, those are her options. Overall I would recommend this novel of anyone looking for a thrilling read that will keep you guessing throughout. Even if you think you have everything figured out with Ed, just you wait for the last surprise…’ Parchment and Quill

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‘The author certainly knows how to keep the readers attention that’s for sure. The Old You is one of those stories that’s makes you question everything that is going on and I got to the stage where I didn’t know who to trust. It is full of twists and turns that you wont see coming and of course an original plot. It is one very well crafted story and I loved Louise’s style of writing making you feel the emotion and tension within the story. Fan’s of this genre are going to love it which I highly recommend giving it 4.5 stars’ Chelle’s Book Reviews

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‘The characterisation is spot on and you too will be swept along, wondering whether your suspicions are correct as Lyn’s life changes beyond all recognition. The Old You is my favourite mystery of the year. I know that Karen can pick them, but here I feel like she really has excelled herself. This is the perfect holiday read –  it will virtually make you a prisoner on your sunbed as you will be so loath to tear yourself way for any length of time because you’ll be too desperate to find out the truth about Ed and Lyn’s unravelling marriage’

 On the Shelf Book Blog

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I found this to be a enthralling and dark thriller! My mind was seriously messed with throughout!! … There was so much throughout this book that kept me guessing, and the twists were spectacular to say the least! They had me fooled!! A top notch domestic noir tale that will leave you chilled to the core!! Books and Me

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‘The characters are excellent – that magical balance of a narrator where you’re not sure whether you’re entirely in her corner coupled with a wider cast that you really wouldn’t want to turn your back on either. And despite the shifts of location, that overwhelming feeling of claustrophobia and menace builds steadily throughout, that feeling that there’s something very dark indeed lurking just round the next corner. This book was just magnificent story-telling from beginning to end – I loved every moment’ Being Anne

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‘The plot is clever and completely unpredictable because nothing is what it seems. Each character has their own secrets and, like Lynn, I found myself not knowing what was real anymore and which character to trust and believe. There are so many twists that at some point I lost count. Every few pages there is something that surprises you, that completely shocks you because you couldn’t see it coming. There are so many secrets, lies, and truths, and each one is revealed slowly, a bit at the time, so the tension is always high … THE OLD YOU is haunting, intense, and riveting’ Book After Blog

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‘I found The Old You to be such a rich and rewarding read. The story was fascinating and I couldn’t wait to get back to it, if forced to take a break for work. The story matures as it progresses and yet doesn’t rest on it’s laurels. It frequently had me questioning my assumptions about where the story was heading … The characters are excellent. Lyn is multi layered and very likeable.  Very much a strong and determined women.  I admired the way Louise Voss gave her a back story that showed she was not your standard wife come housewife.  I found myself loving her secrets as much as her present, which is  drip fed to us and unravels as the novel progresses. Ed is a chameleon like, in that your never sure if what your seeing at any point in the novel is the real him. The Old You is yet another superb read from Orenda Books’ Books are my Cwtches

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Louise Voss takes part in the Secret Library as part of the blog tour. Café Thinking

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THE OLD YOU will be best appreciated by readers who wish to spend time in the interpersonal: the development of relationships, and the betrayals they can contain, take center stage here. Voss’ writing shines most when she is exploring the emotional complexities of life for her characters. Whether through the progression of Ed’s illness or the revelations made about Lynn’s past, the real potency of this story comes in its emotional undercurrents … The strength of THE OLD YOU lies in its subtlety, and some of the story’s final revelations felt overly dramatized in a way that didn’t quite mesh with the delicate drama Voss so carefully crafted for the majority of the book. That is certainly not to say that I didn’t still find this book engaging and entertaining – Voss has written a page-turner with strong character development and compelling emotional resonance – it’s simply to reinforce that readers willing to appreciate light and character-driven suspense will be better suited to this read than those looking to be bowled over by shocking twists’ Crime by the Book

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‘Wow! This is a book that takes domestic noir to a new level. Tense, propulsive, compelling, Louise Voss has created a spellbinding tale of deceit, lies and betrayal that had my brain whirling and my attention focussed throughout. Unsettling, full of twists and chock full of shocking revelations, this is a story like no other I have read. Voss’s writing is superb and her characters spring to life from the page, but the reader will find that as her subtle narrative unfolds, it is difficult to tell where the deception begins and ends. Highly original, inventive and very creepy, this is a book that ends with a bang and I certainly didn’t see the finale coming. Perhaps a little hyperbolic, it didn’t matter to me; I was hooked from the beginning and it never let me go’ Live and Deadly

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‘By the denouement, which is shocking and a whole lot more gruesome than I saw coming, you’ll be praising Voss’s book to anyone you know. The Old You is a very easy novel to recommend – really it’s hard to imagine a person who wouldn’t enjoy it. It’s sophisticated, gripping, shocking and unexpected, with a brilliant concept and an author who follows through masterfully upon its promise: another excellent read from Orenda Books’ The Independent Literary Fiction Blog

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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 … 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 Voss 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’ The Book Review Café 

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‘A few chapters into the book, Voss suddenly pulls her reader down a completely unexpected path, the gentle suburban reading trip I thought I was taking suddenly becoming a dark and sinister mystery tour akin to the plot of a Hitchcock film. Gone now is the domestic tale of coping with illness. In its place is a twisting psychological thriller in which no-one can be trusted. To say any more would be to spoil what is a highly original plot. Suffice to say that The Old You is a one-of-a-kind novel that will have you turning the pages to find out what is really going on’ Jacqueline Grima

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‘What a fabulously gripping read. From the very first page of The Old You I hoovered up every word. Louise Voss held me transfixed throughout and when the truth was finally, completely, revealed I was left feeling thoroughly satisfied. So many books are labelled twisty but Louise Voss’s The Old You is a supreme example of manipulative and beguiling writing that trips up the reader and surprise them from beginning to end. It’s a cracker of a read … Not only is The Old You a cracker of a story, but it lingers in the mind, making the reader ask what they would do in the same situations. It gets right under the skin so that you almost become Lynn as the story progresses because the writing is so vivid and convincing. I really couldn’t put down The Old You as I was desperate to know how the threads would come together and the story resolve itself. I really want to say so much more about the plot but I can’t as it will spoil the read for others. Just believe me when I say it is exciting and dramatic … Reading The Old You is like being in the vortex of a snowglobe so that it’s only when the final pages actually settle that the reader has the full, dramatic picture. I absolutely loved it and cannot recommend it highly enough!’ Linda’s Book Bag

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‘I loved Voss’ book to the point that the last 100 pages were read standing up as I couldn’t put it down! This is a very clever story about identity. Do you really know your husband? Do you really know yourself? The twists and turns just keep on coming with this fantastic read. A great one for the beach!’ The Old You is chosen in the Crime Squad 2018 Summer Top Ten. Crime Squad

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