Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…
When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces.
Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused.
But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey….
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A big thank you to Sabah Khan for inviting me on the blog tour, I loved The Fear and it’s the perfect pageturner to get lost in this Bank Holiday weekend!
The Fear introduces us to Lou, Wendy and Chloe. Three very different women who each have their own role in this compelling and gripping read. Lou was groomed by her karate teacher, Mike when she was only 13 years old and ended up being kidnapped and taken off to France by him – now at 32, Lou is still haunted by this traumatic ordeal and can’t break free from her horrendous past. She cannot trust anyone and lives a solitary life as a result of being too fearful to embark upon lasting relationships as an adult. She cannot believe it when the past returns to haunt her with the discovery of Chloe’s situation: Chloe is another 13 year old gorl that Mike has targeted and it seems to Lou that she’s become trapped in a nighmare with history beginning to repeat itself.
I loved the way that Cally Taylor switches up the point of view in this book as we then hear from Lou through her diaries and hear about her evolving relationship with Mike from her young naive and innocent perspective. This is truly dark subject matter and not for everyone as her trust and his predatory behaviour provide a disconcerting juxtaposition for the reader.
C L Taylor has really created a troubling and disturbing character in Mike. He’s a seasoned pro at targeting and closing in on his prey and you will definitely feel more than a little disconcerted after reading certain passages in The Fear. The writing is skilful and fast paced and you will be up late trying to discover who exactly the mysterious Wendy Harrison is – and how exactly does she fot in to this tale. The episodes in France stand out as being particularly realistic and give you a real insight to the way that grooming and CSE works in order for people like Mike to fulfil their needs and snare a young woman through their skills and manipulation.
Lou’s obsessive need to bring Mike to justice means that you’ll race through The Fear at a breakneck pace. It was cleverly plotted and it was fun trying to see if my guesswork about the way that this book would resolve all of its different strands in its resolution would prove to be correct. I hate spoilers, so all I’ll say is that you won’t be disappointed. This is sure to please Cally’s legions of fans and bound to win her a few more! It’ll definitely be seen on tons of sunloungers this summer and will definitely be a beach read of 2018
Writer On The Shelf
C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and have been published by a variety of literary and women’s magazines.
In 2014, The Bookseller named C.L. Taylor as one of the year’s Bestselling Adult Fiction Debut Authors for The Accident. The Lie and The Missingwere Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers in paperback, and both books hit the #1 spot on the Kindle bestseller list. She has sold 1 million books to date.
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