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Blog Tour – ‘The Old You’ by Louise Voss

‘The Old You’ was published in paperback on the 15th May 2018 by Orenda Books.  It is also available as an eBook.  I would like to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.  Thank you also for my review copy of this book.

You will find out exactly what I thought about ‘The Old You’ in a minute. First though, here’s what its about.

 

Book Blurb

Nail-bitingly modern domestic noir
A tense, Hitchcockian psychological thriller
Louise Voss returns with her darkest, most chilling, novel yet…

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 Review

I read and reviewed one of Louise Voss’s novels a while and knew what a good writer she was. I was delighted when I found out that Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books was going to publish her next book. That was like the best news ever.

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.

I didn’t really warm to any of the characters apart from Lynn. I felt bad for her and Ed. It seemed to me that his dementia was deteriorating quickly and I couldn’t even begin to imagine what was in store for them. But as I was about to find out, something just didn’t add up.

‘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.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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‘The Old You’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Old-You-Louise-Voss-ebook/dp/B078GZQH56/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1526726826&sr=1-1

 

About Louise Voss

 

Louise Voss has been writing for the past eighteen years, with many twists and turns in her career. She started her publishing life with four novels for Transworld/Black Swan, the first of which, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 with its own CD soundtrack. This was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels, Are You My Mother? Lifesaver, and Games People Play, until she switched to publishing thrillers with Mark Edwards.

She and Mark were the first British indie authors to reach No.1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death, where they stayed for the month of June 2011, with their novel Killing Cupid also at No. 2. This led to a four-book deal with Harper Collins; then two books in the DI Lennon series, From the Cradle and The Blissfully Dead (Thomas & Mercer).

Her first solo thriller was The Venus Trap in 2015 and her second, a twisty tale of domestic noir, is out in May 2018: The Old You, published by @OrendaBooks.

 

Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/LouiseVoss1

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/louisevossauthor/

 

 

Guest Post by Louise Voss

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I’m delighted to welcome Louise Voss to my blog today.  Louise has written a very interesting guest post which I’m sure you’ll enjoy as much as I did.

 

The Seven Deadly Sins of a Writer

Although a writer’s life can be wonderful, most of us experience a whole raft of emotional side-effects to this perilous way of earning a crust. I suspect we all have a pretty full house of the Seven Deadly Sins bubbling away under the surface. But put a different slant to them, and you can, I reckon, turn each one into something positive… I hope this doesn’t sound too Pollyanna-ish – what do you think?

SLOTH – Whenever I say I’ve finished another book, people often respond with admiration and comments like, ‘wow, you’re so prolific!’ I confess that, without fail, this makes me feel like a fraud. Yes, I have written six novels and co-authored six more – but this is over a period of seventeen years. Compared to many of my crime-writing peers, my output is meagre, verging on embarrassingly so. I mean, some people routinely write two novels a year! But it’s all relative, and we all work at different paces, so I remind myself that it takes as long as it takes.

PRIDE – those rare but wonderful occasions when you get a great review, a sniff of film interest, or perhaps hit the higher echelons of the Amazon charts. My feeling is that pride, if kept in check, is actually the reward for all the other disappointments that a writer’s life inevitably brings – but obviously no-one likes a braggard. So if you do find you have something to boast about, best be aware of the fine line between self-promotion and arrogance…

ENVY – that’s a very obvious one, one which I challenge any living writer not to have experienced at some point or another. One of the things I most love about the writing community is how supportive we all are of each other, and we are all genuinely delighted when one of our number gets a fabulous new book deal or a No.1 chart position. It doesn’t mean we don’t secretly feel envy too on occasion. But it’s completely natural, and I reckon envy can be a good incentive to work a bit harder. A bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone.

GREED – the constant ‘could do better’ness about the business – have I got into the top 500? Great, but I need to be in the Top 100! Top 100? Not good enough. Need to be in the Top 20….Top 10…how great would it be to get into the Top 5?…etc. etc. But again, is this greed or ambition?

GLUTTONY – yup. And many of us have a writer’s bottom to show for it. Come on, give me a break, it can be pretty tedious sitting at the kitchen table on a laptop all day long, with the fridge just yards away, calling to us. And yet, I know that I reward myself when I’ve worked hard, with a few chocs or a decent bottle of wine. That’s not gluttony, is it? My mum’s voice comes to me: ‘Everything, but in moderation…’

LUST… well, that’s one of the least of them, unless you bracket it with envy when lusting after someone else’s advance, book jacket, sales figures, TV appearances, killer twists, and so on.

WRATH is an interesting one. We’ve all read about these spats between authors, or authors and their publishers, or – often – authors and people who leave them horrible reviews. I guess that mostly comes down to personality though.

It’s all about the perspective, really, isn’t it, like most things in life.

Which would be the worst of your seven deadly sins?

 

About Louise Voss

Louise Voss is a no.1 best-selling author with twelve novels under her belt, encompassing both contemporary and crime fiction.   Six of the latter are co-written thrillers with Mark Edwards, the most recent being two DI Lennon titles, From The Cradle and The Blissfully Dead.   She has just completed her latest solo psychological suspense novel, The Old You , which will be out in 2017.

 

Links

Books on today’s Kindle Daily Deal:-

To Be Someone – http://amzn.to/2gBGH8aQ 

Games People Play – http://amzn.to/2fxGITm

Social Media:-

Twitter – @LouiseVoss1

 

‘The Venus Trap’ by Louise Voss

The Venus Trap

Today sees the publication of Louise Voss’s new book, ‘The Venus Trap’.  I was kindly sent a copy to read in return for an honest review.  I have in the past reviewed a couple of novels written by both Louise Voss and Mark Edwards and I loved both of them, so I was looking forward to seeing what this book would be like.

‘The Venus Trap’ is spread out over five days.  In the first chapter the reader is introduced to the main character, Jo.  Having recently gone through a divorce she has finally plucked up the courage to go out dating.  After a few not so good dates Jo sees a face from the past, one she can only vaguely remember from her youth.  Claudio it turns out has always been keen on her and they end up going out together a couple of times.

Jo’s ex-husband has taken their little girl on holiday leaving her with a few days in which to relax and do her own thing.  She goes on a third date with Claudio but decides that he is creepy and that she doesn’t fancy him.  However, it seems giving him the brushoff is a big mistake.  The next afternoon Jo wakes up feeling really ill and discovers that she has been handcuffed to her own bed.  She is a prisoner in her own bedroom with no way to escape.  Claudio, her captor, has no intention of letting Jo go and he gives her one week in which to declare her love for him.  Will Jo be able to do what Claudio wants?

I enjoyed ‘The Venus Trap’ and found it to be a pretty thrilling read.  I thought this story might get a bit dull with mostly just the two active characters in it, but I was pleasantly surprised.  It worked well I think with Jo being forced to go back into her past and what she went through as a teenager.  The poor thing thought she would never have to experience anything so bad again.  How wrong was she!

I couldn’t believe Claudio and the lengths he went to try to get Jo to fall in love with him.  Some of the things he did were just plain evil.  It does go to show though just how fragile the mind is and how certain events can set a person off.

‘The Venus Trap’ looks at the emotional impact divorce can have on you, the dangers of dating and being obsessed.  It is a warning to all about what can happen.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

‘All Fall Down’ by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards

All Fall Down

I previously read and reviewed ‘Killing Cupid’ and was absolutely delighted when ‘All Fall Down’ was sent to me.  This is the sequel to ‘Catch Your Death’, a book I haven’t actually read, but that didn’t spoil it for me at all.

Two years ago Kate Maddox uncovered a terrifying conspiracy of rogue scientists.  Now she just wants to be able to lead a normal and happy life with her partner Paul and son Jack.  But her hopes are dashed when a face from the past turns up at one of her lectures, bringing with him some rather shocking news.  It turns out that a new strain of the virus which originally killed Kate’s parents has found its way to Los Angeles.  The clock is ticking, a cure needs to be found as soon as possible before it’s too late!  Will Kate succeed?

I totally loved this book.  Right from the start I found this to be a very gripping read.  Each page, every single paragraph is full of thrills with lots of shocks and surprises throughout.  There are some scary characters too.  I certainly wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of Heather.  A real page-turner, this is a thriller and a half.  I got so involved in the story, so much so in fact that every time someone sneezed I actually thought they had got the virus!

Louise Voss and Mark Edwards are very talented.  They work so well together and their writing is like magic.  They are fast becoming favourite authors of mine.

Look out for their new book ‘Forward Slash’ which is due out in the summer.

I give 5 out of 5 for this book.

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