The Old You

The Old You

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When Lynn's husband is diagnosed with early-onset dementia, strange things start to happen - things that can't be explained - and her perfect world starts to crumble... Unputdownable, Hitchcockian domestic noir from number-one bestselling author Louise Voss.

'The slow reveals and hints at the darkness to come make it impossible to put down' Sarah Pinborough

'A brilliant tale of deception with a twist that took my breath away' Mark Edwards

'Brilliantly unsettling' Jane Casey


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...?


'A disturbing, brilliant tale of lies and psychological manipulation' Kate Rhodes

'Tense, super-twisty and well-written' Amanda Jennings

'A cracking page-turner that sucks you straight into the dark heart of human behaviour' Marnie Riches

'Completely gripping' Cass Green

'An addictive thriller with a damaged and relatable heroine at its center, The Old You is an original novel that is both shocking and touching' Foreword Reviews

'Twists, turns and stabs you in the heart. It deserves to be huge' Martyn Waites

'I was guessing right to the end' Katerina Diamond

'Cleverly plotted and beautifully executed' Susi Holliday

'Poignant, clever and terrifically tense' William Shaw

'A must-read for all psychological thriller fans' Steph Broadribb

'A twisty, thrilling read with engaging and complex characters!' Sarah Ward

'Kept me up way past my bedtime ... really original and compelling' Howard Linskey

'Exceptionally clever, intriguing and mysterious ... this is how a psychological crime thriller should be written' Random Things through My Letterbox

'Gripping and twisty' Mel McGrath

'An expert piece of contrivance' Publishers Weekly

'Ingeniously plotted and totally addictive' Paddy Magrane

'A masterclass in how to write an accomplished, clever and slick domestic noir - characters that are believable, secrets that are merely hinted at and twists that are genuinely jaw-dropping without being absurd' Beverley Has Read
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912374110
  • 9781912374113
  • 1,101,263

Review quote

"A brilliant tale of deception with a twist that took my breath away." --Mark Edwards, author, Follow You Home "One of the twistiest books I've read for a while. Completely gripping." --Cass Green, author, In a Cottage in a Wood "A disturbing, brilliant tale of lies and psychological manipulation, with a gutsy, believable heroine." --Kate Rhodes, author, Crossbones Yard "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 "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, The Drop "Grippy and twisty, this one will keep you guessing." --Melanie McGrath, author, The Long Exile "The way the plot unfolds, unfolds--and unfolds again--is brilliant. Poignant, clever and terrifically tense." --William Shaw, author, The Birdwatcher "The Old You is a tense, super-twisty, well-written page-turner . . . Fab read." --Amanda Jennings, author, In Her Wake "A twisty, thrilling read with engaging and complex characters!" --Sarah Ward, author, In Bitter Chill "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, Behind Her Eyes
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About Louise Voss

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. She has had twelve novels published in total, six 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 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
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Rating details

1,016 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 33% (340)
4 33% (331)
3 25% (253)
2 6% (61)
1 3% (31)
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