I am delighted to be bringing you The Fear by C.L. Taylor. Published by Avon Books UK and is available in Paperback, eBook and Audio Book format. Available for pre-order from Amazon UK publish date 22nd March.
‘Grabs you by the metaphorical throat right from the start and doesn’t let up until the end.’ Heat
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…
The million copy Sunday Times bestseller returns with a taut, compelling psychological thriller that will have you glued to the edge of your seat.
18 years after Lou left her home town to go and live in London, she makes the return to her home. Now 32 years old she is coming back to memories, dreams, demons and nightmares from her past. She discovers that Mike,the man who was once the love of her life, is now looking at destroying another innocent teenage girls life. Lou will do everything to stop this from happening at all costs.
This story is set out in chapters from the perspective of each of the main three female characters as they alternate through the story. They all have a connection to Mike in some form, but it is Lou who takes more of a lead as you learn of her life through memories, her experiences of being groomed by Mike until she is so besotted with him that she runs away to France. It is only there that she actually see’s what sort of danger she is in from him. The character of Mike is brilliant in the way that he has been portrayed, don’t think for a moment that I liked him but, the author gives an image of a man who is an evil, conniving and manipulative ******! The way he has of manipulating not only his victim but also the families and friends is one that left me with a whole host of angry, frustrating emotions. He has a mask that others cannot see past, he shows the community a side that he wants them to see rather than what he actually is.
I was quickly drawn into this story and there I remained until its very last page. It is addictive as I worried and wondered through frustrations, anger and despair over the characters and what they could possibly do? Would they give into his lies and succumb to the fear?
If you are after a convincing, addictive, psychological manipulative thriller, then let me Highly Recommend this book to you. A story that not only deals with events of the past, but also how those events play a part in the present and can affect a person for years to come.
My thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books for my copy of this eARC, my thoughts are honest and my own.
About the Author:
Her dark psychological thriller THE ACCIDENT was published in the UK by Avon HarperCollins in April 2014 and as BEFORE I WAKE in the US in June 2014 by Sourcebooks.
Her second psychological thriller THE LIE was published in the UK in April 2015. It became a Sunday Times bestseller and hit the #1 slots on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and Sainsbury ebooks. THE LIE was published in the U.S. by Sourcebooks.
CL’s third psychological thriller THE MISSING was published in April 2016 and was another Sunday Times and ebook bestseller. THE MISSING was published in the U.S. by William Morrow in 2017.
THE ESCAPE, her fourth psychological thriller, went to number 2 in the Sunday Times paperback chart in 2017 and won the Dead Good Books Most Unreliable Narrator award.
Her fifth psychological thriller THE FEAR will be published on 22nd March 2018.
THE TREATMENT, her Young Adult thriller, was the fastest selling UK YA debut of 2017.
Her international bestselling romantic comedies (written as Cally Taylor), HEAVEN CAN WAIT and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS were both published by Orion in the UK. They have been translated into 14 different languages, and her debut was voted ‘Debut Novel of the Year’ by chicklitreviews.com and chicklitclub.com.
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