The Fear by C. L. Taylor


Published: 22nd March 2018
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 394


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…


Thank you to Avon for kindly sending me a review copy.

Imagine being 14 years old and having a relationship with your teacher. Imagine trusting him enough to take a secret trip to France, only to realise that in actual fact, you aren’t even going home. Imagine years later, finally getting justice for all the pain caused. Lou, the main character, opened the plot with a sense of deja vu as her boyfriend, surprises her with a trip to France blissfully unaware of her hidden past. Soon enough, the panic sets in and before readers have a chance to turn the page, it’s all over. With flashbacks being a constant source of support for the present tense, we are given a real understanding as to what happened all those years ago between 14 year old Lou and her 30 year old teacher Mike.

“Isn’t this what you said you wanted? To spend the rest of your life with me? You can’t do that in England.”

Within a matter of chapters, the plot is thick with tension and the storyline has captivated every segment of your imagination. As a writer, Cally creates such an incredible, compelling atmosphere within her narratives and I found myself to be flying through the chapters. When Lou moves back to her childhood home to clean after her father passes away, a plan of action springs into her mind and soon enough, she has Mike exactly where she wants him. When readers met each character, no description of their looks is given and the plot progresses, you’ll get to know each one of them as individuals solely based on their past and their current actions. Readers will hear from a number of characters; Wendy, Chloe, Ben and they all have a truly remarkable jigsaw piece to add to the puzzle.

“But Chloe is real. What Mike did to me was real and there’s no waking up from that.”

I can’t write about this book without spoiling it and that’s something that I’ll never do. What I will tell you is that within a day, I had read over 150 pages in one sitting and despite day-to-day life commitments, I managed to finish reading it within two days. Cally is one of my favourite authors and with every book she writes, her narratives will seep into your imagination and all you’ll be able to think about is what will happen next. Many mystery plots can be guessable from the blurb, but not this one. From one chapter to the next, you just never knew what was going to happen and when you think it’s all over, the final chapter whips out a home truth and slaps it down on the kitchen table. It will leave you breathless, mark my words.


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