24.3.18

BOOK REVIEW: The Fear by C.L. Taylor


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 Mike 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…
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 398

You are in for such a treat with C.L. Taylor’s latest book, The Fear. The Sunday Times best-selling author delivers yet another tense, dark, gripping thriller.
Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her karate teacher when she was just thirteen. At the time, she felt that she was in love with Mike  but now looking back as an adult, it is clear for her to see that she was a vulnerable young girl, groomed by a predatory paedophile. Lou has finally moved back to her childhood home after her father’s death. She knows that she is likely to run into Mike but she is not prepared for that fact that he is still abusing young girls. When she learns of his involvement with thirteen-year-old Chloe Meadows. Lou can see history repeating itself and she knows that she must put a stop to it, no matter how much danger that puts her in.
I have read C.L. Taylor’s previous books and they are fantastic but this is my favourite so far. I felt as though the author had taken everything up a notch; the tension is palpable from the beginning and the twists along the way are so clever.
I think that the author was brave tackling the subject if paedophilia; it is obviously always relevant but it has been in the media so much recently too. Her handling of the subject felt sensitive but realistic. It was so easy to see how Lou and Chloe were taken in by Mike and how his behaviour becomes more manipulative and frightening.
If you are looking for a dark, page-turning thriller then look no further than The Fear.

Many thanks to Avon for sending me a copy to review, The Fear is out now. 

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