#BlogTour #BookReview The last stage by Louise voss
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Publisher: Orenda Books
Available: 11th July 2019
Genre: Romantic Suspense / Fiction / Psychological Thriller
Once again a huge thankyou to Anne Cater of Randomthingstours, Karen of Orendabooks and of course the author Louise Voss for this brilliantly dark and compelling story!! If you haven’t discovered Louise’s books before, I suggest you do so, and soon!
At the peak of her career as lead singer of a legendary 1980s indie band, Meredith Vincent was driven off the international stage by a horrific incident. Now she lives incognito in a cottage on the grounds of Minstead House, an old stately home, whilst working in the gift shop. Her past is behind her and she enjoys her new life.
But a series of inexplicable and unsettling incidents have started to happen around her – broken china, vandalised gardens… And when a body is found in the gardens of Minstead House, Meredith realises that someone is watching, someone who knows who she is and who wants to destroy her…
A dark, riveting and chilling psychological thriller, The Final Stage is a study of secrets and obsessions, where innocent acts can have the most terrifying consequences.
This was my first delve into Louise Voss literary work, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it! The tone is wonderful, it flows brilliantly and I found myself thoroughly creeped out by the time I had finished, and got goosebumps throughout. There are several points throughout this cleverly original Psychological Thriller that I got a shiver down my spine, glued to the pages and unwilling to look away.
The story is a bit of a slow burn, we learn about the Characters in a way which leaves you thoroughly invested in the outcomes and scenarios. You’re starting to know the people held within the cover, and you need to know how and why people are connected. Suspect everyone and no-one.
When the twists and surprises start to hit, WOW do they! Meredith was a very cleverly considered central role, and from the start I found myself desperate to know what had happened, where was this story taking me? The getting there is addictively compelling, you may, just like me, find yourself up later than usual trying to figure out where this is going to go, and that’s if you manage to put the book down. Whichever way you end up, good luck.
I loved the ides of Meredith having walked away from fame, so many spend their time trying to GET famous, I really wanted to know what had happened to make a sudden change seem like a good idea. Add in a reunion tour she doesn’t want to do and a death of someone close, the premise of the story is curiously dark. What happened? Why? I needed to find out!!
The story has dual timelines, different perspectives and several central themes including obsession and jealousy, all in a believable and wonderfully flowing style that was engaging and surprising at times. Getting to see the past unfold as well as the present, seeing who Meredith was then bit by bit was intriguing to say the least. The twists and turns were perfectly surprising, in fact at one point i was sat with friends and said “wait… what?!” And didn’t even realise it. My friend has subsequently borrowed the book and apparently did exactly the same then told her OH to “SHUSH!” When asked what she was talking about 🤣
Compelling, dark, gripping… what more do you need? A brilliant book that will certainly stay with you for a long while, this is well worth getting stuck into regardless of whether you already adore the authors work or are new to her literary skills.
About The Author:
Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise Voss has had eleven novels published – five solo and six co-written with Mark Edwards: a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction – and sold over 350,000 books. Her most recent book, The Old You, was a number one bestseller in eBook. Louise has an MA (Dist) in Creative Writing and also works as a literary consultant and mentor for writers at http://www.thewritingcoach.co.uk. She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crime- writing collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.
Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short- or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Kjell Ola Dahl, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Sarah Stovell.