The Last Stage by Louise Voss #BookReview

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Author: Louise Voss

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Format: Paperback 300 pages

Release Date: 11 July 2019

Publisher: Orenda Books

I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book through a fellow blogger’s #giveaway slot on the blog tour for this book. My thanks to the publisher for providing the copy. 


Synopsis

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 living a quiet existence in a cottage on the grounds of an old stately home, she has put her past behind her and come to terms with her new life.

When a body is found in the manicured gardens of her home, and a series of inexplicable and unsettling events begins to occur, it becomes clear that someone is watching, someone who knows who she is … Someone who wants vengeance.

And this is only the beginning…


My Thoughts

I had read a few good reviews of this book during the blog tour so when I was emailed and told I had won a copy of the book I was very excited to start reading. 

This book was a bit of a slow burner for me. After the initial excitement of a body being discovered in Minstead House, where Meredith works, the pace slowed down and it took on a more ‘simmering tension’ kind of feel. However, the last third really ramped up, and became a bit more of an urgent race to read to the end.

The book is separated into chapters dedicated to the main characters in the book: Meredith, her twin brother Pete, Gemma the investigating police officer, and there is also the odd chapter thrown in from someone called Graeme. It was these random chapters from Graeme that really kept me hooked as at the beginning I had no idea how this character slotted in to the story and they seemed completely random in nature. Rest assured, all does become revealed, but these chapters definitely added an air of mystery to me. 

I really enjoyed how various chapters throughout the book go back in time to Meredith’s past and we sort of see Meredith grown up. It really gives some context as to how she got to where she is today and slowly reveals why she chose to leave her glamorous life as the lead singer of a hugely successful rock band. 

Although primarily I would say this book is a psychological thriller/murder mystery, it also looks at obsession, stalking, paranoia and how these things can ruin a persons life. This is a book that builds over the pages and finishes with a dramatic ending having neatly answered all the readers questions. 


About the Author

Louise Voss has been writing for the past eighteen years, with many twists and turns in her career. She started her publishing life with four novels for Transworld/Black Swan, the first of which, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 with its own CD soundtrack. This was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels, Are You My Mother? Lifesaver, and Games People Play, until she switched to publishing thrillers with Mark Edwards. 

She and Mark were the first British indie authors to reach No.1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death, where they stayed for the month of June 2011, with their novel Killing Cupid also at No. 2. This led to a four-book deal with Harper Collins; then two books in the DI Lennon series, From the Cradle and The Blissfully Dead (Thomas & Mercer).

Her first solo thriller was The Venus Trap in 2015 and her second, a twisty tale of domestic noir, is out in May 2018: The Old You, published by @OrendaBooks.

Louise lives in southwest London and can be reached at @LouiseVoss1 on Twitter or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LouiseVossAuthor.

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