I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Last Stage by Louise Voss and sharing my review today. With thanks to Anne Cater for the invite to join the tour and to Orenda Books for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
In The Last Stage we meet Meredith who after giving up the spotlight as the lead singer in a band years earlier has found herself living a quiet life as the manager in a gift shop at Minstead House. However Meredith’s life is about to be abruptly shattered, what follows is a rich and tension filled story that slowly but surely reeled me in.
There was something very intriguing about Meredith she isn’t wholly likeable but this never particularly bothered me. Everyone has a past and let’s just say that Meredith has made a few mistakes and decisions in her life, some without even realising how they might impact her future. I enjoyed how Louise Voss teased out Meredith’s past from teenager to the present day along with revealing those all important secrets. This brings a depth to her character that made me want to discover what happened all those years ago. I love dual timelines so I especially enjoyed the way I was transported back to the eighties which adds a hint of nostalgia along with seeing Meredith’s life back then. I eagerly collected all the little snippets that helped to bring the present events into context.
The Last Stage has quite a dark undercurrent you feel this tension building and I was never quite sure what the end result would be. As revelations from Meredith’s past bring new twists I couldn’t help but be caught up in it all. The Last Stage has themes of secrets and obsession all combining to create a powerful ending!
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 www.thewritingcoach.co.uk.
She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crimewriting
collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.