Review published on May 15, 2018.
The Old You is absolutely compulsive reading. From start to finish it’s full of jaw-dropping twists and turns and I never knew who to believe or what to think. It’s quite the mindbender of a book!
Lynn Naismith is happily married to Ed. Things are good, they love each other, they live in a nice house and Lynn has just got a new job. But then Ed is diagnosed with dementia and everything changes. More than anything, it’s his manner that changes, he becomes aggressive and unpleasant. And erm… this is really hard to review without giving anything away!
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. Lynn went on a similar journey throughout the story, one of discovery. Lots of secrets are revealed and each time I just gaped at the book and tried to digest it.
The real skill behind the writing here is that I didn’t know who to trust and doubt was constantly in my mind. It’s described as Hitchcockian and, yes, I think that’s accurate. 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.
Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes, 5/5
The Old You by Louise Voss
Orenda 9781912374113 pbk May 2018
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