The Old You

Louise Voss

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Orenda Books (JAN­UARY) Soft­cover $14.95 (300pp) 978-1-912374-11-3

A woman with a hid­den past finds out her hus­band’s se­crets are much more sin­is­ter than her own in Louise Voss’s twist­ing thriller The Old You.

Lynn Waites hasn’t al­ways been Lynn Waites. At one time, she was an un­der­cover de­tec­tive seek­ing ev­i­dence that Ed mur­dered his wife. Now, years later, Ed is her hus­band, and her ca­reer in law en­force­ment is far in the past. Lynn and Ed are liv­ing a good life when Ed gets dev­as­tat­ing news: he likely has Pick’s Dis­ease, a form of early-on­set de­men­tia.

Af­ter the di­ag­no­sis, ev­ery­thing changes. Ed’s down­ward slide bog­gles the mind; as his be­hav­ior be­comes more er­ratic, Lynn starts to sus­pect that all’s not as it seems. Long-buried me­mories from her past start to sur­face and make her ques­tion whether Ed is re­ally who she thinks he is—or whether his ill­ness may be re­veal­ing the hor­ri­ble truth.

The book launches into Lynn’s in­ner­most thoughts and emo­tions as she strug­gles to deal with a new nor­mal. Med­i­cal de­scrip­tions are highly plau­si­ble, as is Lynn’s han­dling of her new care­taker role.

Flash­backs to Lynn’s old life in the po­lice force re­sult in a well-rounded pic­ture of her and the ve­rac­ity of her thoughts and ac­tions. They also drop clues that pro­pel her to­ward shock­ing rev­e­la­tions. No one can be trusted in this book, and each new twist adds an­other layer to a riv­et­ing mys­tery.

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.

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