The Last Stage by Louise Voss – Book Review

The Last Stage by Louise Voss – Book Review



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.



Meredith works in a Shop, it’s attached to a stately home and she loves the isolation and peace…..but there’s a few unsettling things, a break in at the shop, a dead rat and flowers beheaded. Nothing too sinister, but due to an event in her past it’s causing her a lot of stress and paranoia..

After a drunken ‘knee trembler’ with her boss Ralph, she is guilt ridden as he’s the husband of a friend…but when she finds him dead….panic sets in.

She calls her twin brother, Pete, for help……then after another death she begins to fear for her safety……so do the police!

Meredith, now 50, seemed a bit wet, but the more you hear of her and her past your realise she is a bit of a dark horse with reasons for her paranoia….I ended up really liking her character. 

This is a tale of obsession and revenge. An incredibly well plotted thriller with a feeling of menace from the start… and while you have chapters from the past to present and from several perspectives, you are kept guessing right to the nail biting end…I loved every minute.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here





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.



‘Top summer read’ Prima Magazine


‘The way the plot unfolds, unfolds – and unfolds again – is brilliant. Poignant, clever and terrifically tense’ William Shaw


‘A brilliant tale of deception with a twist that took my breath away’ Mark Edwards


‘A cracking page-turner’ Marnie Riches


‘A twisty, thrilling read’ Sarah Ward


‘Completely gripping’ Cass Green ‘Ingenious and twisty!’ Steph Broadribb


‘An expert piece of contrivance’ Publisher’s Weekly


 ‘I loved the subtlety and style of Louise Voss’s writing… impossible to put down!’

Sarah Pinborough



Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short- or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Kjell Ola Dahl, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Sarah Stovell. @OrendaBooks

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