The Last Stage by Louise Voss


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 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.

What I thought

Last year I read The Old You by the same author and really enjoyed it so I thought I’d give another of Louise’s books a go.  Louise has also co-authored books with Mark Edwards.  I haven’t read any of those.  I tried a book by Mark Edwards a while ago but never finished it as I wasn’t that keen.

I thought this one a bit of a slow burner.  I’m not really quite sure why I found it slow to get going as there is plenty going on throughout the book.  Murder and strange goings on is quite a serious matter and yet there is a certain humour within the story, it made me smile on quite a few occasions.

Set within the grounds of a large country residence, there is a certain element of creepiness about it just because of the location.  Once a lead singer in a successful 80’s band, Meredith Vincent now middle aged has become something of a recluse.  She lives a very quiet life working in a cafe/gift shop at the Stately Home, partly in the hope that no one in this little village of Minstead would recognise her for who she used to be.

The reader knows something quite traumatic happened to Meredith prior to her sudden departure from the band but it isn’t until much further along that it’s revealed in all its horror.

From there onwards it gets ever more tense reaching a gory and somewhat disturbing climax.  Real edge of your seat stuff.  Overall I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next thriller from this author.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

At the time of writing this review the Kindle edition is still only 99p on Amazon so if you fancy a good thriller then go grab it now.

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