The Old You - Louise Voss

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Synopsis: 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...?


Review: I loved the idea of this book and thought it would be quite a difficult one to pull off. I was correct. This needn't be a long review - I've seen people refer to this book as a domestic noir, and that might be a more apt description, because the thriller implied by the synopsis fails to materialize. From quite early on, there was only two possibilities, Ed is telling the truth, or he is not telling the truth. And let's face it, if Ed is telling the truth, there is no story. So the result is we all know what's going on, and predict almost every twist about 50 pages ahead of Lynn and we all do a slow clap while she catches up. The vast majority of the content of the book was unnecessary for the actual outcome to be achieved, and really, it probably would have worked out better for Ed if he had just straight up done a runner. Some good writing, in the literal sense, but the characters and stories left a lot to be desired.

Rating: 2/5 

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