The million copy Sunday Times bestseller returns with a taut, compelling psychological thriller that will have you glued to the edge of your seat.
Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…
Lou Wandsworth is used to being headline news as, aged fourteen, she ran away to France with her 31-year-old teacher, Mike Hughes.
Now 32, Lou’s life is in tatters – and she resolves to return home to confront Mike for the damage he has caused. But she soon finds that Mike is unchanged, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows.
Determined to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself, Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as she tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that Lou could once again become his prey…
My Thoughts: Earlier this year I reviewed a book I loved by CL Taylor called The Missing (read it HERE). I was wondering how The Fear would measure up because I had enjoyed it so very much. The verdict? The Fear is even better than The Missing! I should have known I would love it because two of my other favorite authors were already singing its' praises (Karin Slaughter and Mark Edwards).
As I mentioned, the book grabbed me right from the first page. I was immediately curious about Lou. Right off the bat you could tell she was complicated and kept feelings and thoughts close. She is the kind of person who doesn't let others in easily and Taylor was able to convey that to the reader. I felt like I was just getting to know someone who didn't really WANT me to know them which I felt added a real layer of complexity to the book that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The present day is expertly woven in with the past when a young Lou was being abused by her karate teacher. As the story unfolded, I became invested in Lou. I wanted her to succeed and to rise above what had happened to her in her childhood. Mike, her abuser, is just a horrid person and as the book goes on you learn just how terrible he was to Lou and what a danger he is to Chloe. The book mainly told through the perspective of Lou in both past and present but we also hear from Chloe from time to time as well as a character named Wendy who offers even more depth into this complicated story.
The twists in this book kept me on the edge of my seat. C.L. Taylor writes with real creativity and took me on a real rollercoaster ride as I rooted Lou on in her quest for justice. I didn't see the ending coming and was left at the end feeling grateful to the author who managed to keep me guessing and surprised by the ending.
If you haven't read C.L. Taylor, you absolutely must. She is a master of psychological fiction and The Fear would be an excellent introduction into her world. You can pick up your copy today at the local bookstore or on Amazon...
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