The #Bookvent Calendar 2018: Day 22

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2018 

My twenty-second #bookvent selection is a new author to me but one I am definitely planning to read more from in the future. I read this at a time where I was struggling with psychological thrillers, which if I’m honest has been most of this year, but there was something about the storytelling in this book which just gripped me. There was something very honest about what was happening, aside from all the dishonesty that is. This is a story which looks at the strength of a couple’s relationship and how it is pushed to the limit when the husband starts to suffer the early signs of dementure and it’s a book which has appeared in a few best of 2018 lists too. If you’ve read the book then you have probably already guessed that my day twenty-two #bookvent choice is …

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The Old You

by Louise Voss

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…?

I don’t know quite what it was about this book that had me completely hooked, but I do know that from the very start I was engrossed and I wanted to see what happened to our protagonist, Lynn, and her ever changing and devolving relationship with her increasingly erratic and distracted husband, Ed. As Louise Voss delves into the lives of the pair and the slow changes in attitude and behaviour of Ed, you really do feel the emotion leap off the page, Lynn’s sadness for, and ultimately fear of, her husband quite evident. But this is more than just a story of the slow decline of Ed’s brain. Louise Voss captures all of that perfectly, an air of authenticity about how she has portrayed this element of the story, much of it poignant and occasionally scary, just as you would expect of the condition that is slowly claiming Ed. But nothing is quite as it seems and the more we learn about Ed and Lynn and how they met, the more you realise that the secrets they keep as as debilitating as Ed’s condition. With brilliant characterisation, I felt both empathy for and frustration with Lynn. She is very smart but also too consumed by her love for Ed to see straight and struggling to find her place in both her job and her everyday life and there were times I could happily slap her. In fact the story is full of characters that you could love and loathe, especially Lynn’s best friend who seemed too high maintenance to me, but then I guess it takes all sorts, right? Being a psychological thriller, you know that there is more to the story than you is immediately apparent but you need to read the book to find out what. And I recommend you do. It’s a perfect blend of poignancy, deception and deep rooted secrets that had me mesmerised from first page to last.

You can read my full review of The Old You right here. The book is available to purchase from the following retailers:

Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Kobo ~ Waterstones

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Happy #bookvent reading all

JL