Louise Voss: The Last Stage

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for The Last Stage, my fourth book of the 20 Books Of Summer challenge. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour.

Blurb:

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.

Review:

I absolutely loved The Old You when I read it last year so I jumped at the chance to be part of the blog tour for The Last Stage. It did not disappoint me in the slightest.

The chapters in The Last Stage are narrated by a number of characters  It wasn’t immediately clear how they were all connected, but don’t worry, as the secrets unravel and the darkness of each character’s past is revealed, everything slots into place, sometimes with a gasp. The different narrations allow us to see into the psyches of each character and I was impressed by how much was revealed of each one as the novel progressed.

It’s clear quite early that the answers in The Last Stage lie in the past and I enjoyed the journeys back to the 1980s. I got a real sense of the way the entertainment industry operated at that time and of the different issues that would have had an impact on Meredith’s life. This allowed Voss to reveal secrets gradually, dragging me into each character’s life and making it very hard for me to let go!

The Last Stage is quite possibly a masterclass in how to write a psychological thriller. It’s set in the grounds of a secluded stately home, which makes all the creaking floorboards and missing objects that little bit more unsettling, until things gradually become downright scary! I was racking my brains to think of the answers as the situation became more dangerous.

I can’t wait to see what Voss does next!

The Last Stage is available from Amazon.

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