The Old You
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.