BLOG TOUR- The Last Stage by Louise Voss 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Anne Cater for my place on the tour and to OrendaBooks for my ebook. All opinions are honest and my own.


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.

My Review

This was a book of two parts for me. It started with a slow burning character driven narrative. Giving little snippets of Meredith’s past. I love an unreliable narrator and she is not only keeping secrets but lies to the police and her best friend.

Then once the body is found it becomes unsettling and almost claustrophobic in atmosphere. The setting of an isolated stately home really ramped up the creep factor.

DC Gemma McMeekin and DS Mark Davis, hilariously nicknamed Dark Mavis and new officer and old friend Emad Khan made for a brilliant police team and I hope the author will feature them again. Once they start working the case more things come to light and the tension racks up the pace until the frenzied conclusion.

I went into this as a first time reader of Louise Voss and was drawn in by how well she writes strong female characters. Meredith, the striking Samantha, Gemma and Paula are all really different but utterly believable.

This very much felt like doing a jigsaw puzzle where the lid is missing so you have to take your time to work out what goes where, going in blind until piece by piece the picture is revealed. Then getting a surprise because it’s a different picture than what you thought.

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 She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crime writing collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.

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