Friday, 12 July 2019

Book Review - The Last Stage by Louise Voss

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Title: The Last Stage
Author: Louise Voss
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: 9th June 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

A violent and horrific incident forces a young woman to go into hiding, at the peak of her career as lead singer of an indie pop band. Years later, strange things start to happen and it becomes clear that some know who she is…

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…

A dark, riveting and chilling psychological thriller, The Last Stage is also a study of secrets and obsessions, where innocent acts can have the most terrifying consequences.

I went into reading this book with no expectations,  no real idea what was likely to happen, just knew the title was staring at me on my bookshelf and that I should read it.  It's also the first book I've read by this author, but on the basis of this, probably won't be the last. 

The book starts with a snippet of a rather frightening incident from the past, before we pick up the present day action with Meredith.   She used to be a lead singer of a popular indie band, but now 30 years works in a gift shop of a country house, in the middle of nowhere.  No one knows why she suddenly left the band or where she is now. 

And then a few rather unsettling incidents things start to ramp up, but just who is behind everything.  Well even with being able to see things from various focal points including the police and the key points of Meredith's past - I still didn't put everything together until it was revealed. 

Was completely blindsided by it and that is something I relish in a book. It took a while for the story to really ramp up but I was enjoying from the early pages,  I found The Last Stage really got under my skin, and I was wondering about what was happening when I wasn't reading it. 

I don't want to say much more as I think its best discovered for yourself, but I suspect fans of this author will definitely love the book, and if like me you are new to her, then you will have picked a fabulous story to start with.   It was a lovely writing style and really drew me into the story. 

Thank you to Karen Sullivan from Orenda Books for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

1 comment:

  1. Blindsided? Cool! Not easy to surprise faithful readers in this genre!


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