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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