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…?
Poor Lynn, she has really been through the wringer recently. Her husband Ed is showing signs of early onset dementia, the illness that robbed his father of his last years. Ed is becoming increasingly forgetful, anxious and paranoid, and university worker Lynn is at her wit’s end.
This is just the start of her life gradually spiralling out of control. Something at home is not quite right. Unable to ascertain the difference between sinister goings on and innocent mistakes due to Ed’s forgetfulness, Lynn is living on a knife-edge. With no one to talk to her life feels like one big pressure cooker ready to explode. I don’t want to give too much about the plot away, but what I will say is it is so much more than what you think it’s going to be.
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 story starts out innocuously enough, but just as with a spider web and a fly, the reader gets pulled in and cannot escape the inevitable. Narrated in first person from Lynn’s point of view, I was immediately absorbed into her mindset as she battles with the demons inside her head.
The characters are vividly drawn, all “pop” in their own way, each one memorable, not all likeable, and for me one or two that I changed my mind on throughout. 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.
I received a free review copy of The Old You, thanks to Louise Voss, Orenda Books and Anne Cater for inviting me on to the blog tour for this belter of a book.