Review – The Fear by C.L. Taylor

When Lou Wandsworth was a teen, she ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes but when she discovered their relationship wasn’t what it had seemed, he left her life in pieces. Now in her thirties and still struggling to move on from the events all those years ago, she moves back to her old town to stop him from doing the same thing again. It soon becomes clear that Mike hasn’t changed, and Lou finds herself in danger once more.

Over the years, I feel like thriller novels have become something of a ‘quick holiday read‘ or a ‘commuters book‘ as I call them. Something that non-readers are likely to pick up if ever they want to get engrossed in a story for a week. They require little concentration, but at the same time make you feel like you’re pretty damn intelligent for correctly sussing out the perpetrator.

The Fear was no different, however it never failed to keep me guessing and I’m normally very quick to get to the bottom of thrillers. This was one of the many reasons I loved it so much. There were so many twists and turns that you weren’t sure where you stood. Was the narrator unreliable? Was she telling the truth? Is Mike actually just being framed? These are the questions you’ll be asking yourself when you get round to reading this!

It was very accessibly written and at no point did I find my interest waning. The characters were flawed but aside from one exception, all remained very likeable and the story itself, despite being a difficult subject to cover, was handled with grace, strength and honesty.

This was my first C.L. Taylor book, but I’ll be hopping onto Amazon to buy more because she’s left me hooked!

Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for sending me a copy of the book, and to Cally Taylor for making it such a gripping read! All thoughts are my own.

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Why I No Longer Use Netgalley

We’ve all been there. The day where you start getting approved for ARCS and just press that damn request button over and over and over….

However, most people don’t read a review copy as their first eBook and that’s where I went wrong. I didn’t know how I would feel about not being able to turn the pages or not being able to smell that new book smell. Even being able to physically feel how far through the story you are or not being able to look round and see that beautiful cover on your bedside table. Yes, I may have had a slight meltdown when I discovered how much I disliked reading on my Kindle. Suddenly I was swimming in a bunch of stories that I just knew I wasn’t going to love, simply because of the format.

So what did I do? I boycotted eBooks.

BUT…I have a plan!

I signed up to read the books I requested and I intend to keep my promise to do so. I’m just going to have to either buy or loan the books from the library as they get released. Yes, my reviews and ratings may be late and it might get expensive but I know that it’s the right decision for me. After that I will close my Netgalley account and be done with it.

At the end of the day, I have a full time job, I’m trying to get my blog running properly again and let’s face it, having time to read is a luxury.

I’ll be doing a separate post regarding my Netgalley TBR soon and I’ll also be catching up on comments. I fully intend to be more active on here again and I can’t wait to get back in the blogging game!

Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck by this blog while I’ve been on a sort of hiatus.

I’m getting ready to kick some TBR butt! *plays short clip of me reading tons of books filmed in the style of an 80’s movie training montage*