‘Claustrophobic and compelling’ KARIN SLAUGHTER
‘A rollercoaster with multiple twists’ DAILY MAIL
’A million dollar new story from a million selling author' SARAH PINBOROUGH
Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…
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 gripping psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Praise for The Fear:
‘A skewering portrait of obsessive love and psychological manipulation, this book gets under the skin from the outset and won’t let you go until you’ve gasped at THAT ending. This is Taylor’s best book yet.’
CJ Cooke (author of I Know My Name)
‘Wow! Such a fast-paced, gripping, tense thriller. My heart was in my mouth at the end. Her best yet!’
Claire Douglas (author of Local Girl Missing)
Praise for The Fear:
‘Fans of C.L. Taylor are in for a treat. The Fear is her best yet.’
Clare Mackintosh (author of I Let You Go)
‘Smart, packing a punch to the heart, and dark in all the right places, The Fear has bestseller written all over it.’ Sarah Pinborough
‘A terrifying glimpse into a dark subject. This brilliant book stayed with me long after I finished the last page.’
Cass Green (author of In a Cottage in a Wood)
‘A highly original and timely tale that kept me utterly enthralled and entertained from beginning to end.’
Liz Nugent (author of Unravelling Oliver)
‘A total corker! Twisted, unbearably tense and a shock ending.’
CJ Tudor (author of The Chalk Man)
‘When you finish a book and your lungs hurt because you’ve FORGOTTEN TO BREATHE.’
‘Dark and disturbing. This is a book I will remember for a long time.’
‘A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller, The Fear is as addictive as it is dark.’
Tense, twisty, terrifying—with one of the best premises I’ve read in ages.’
‘I lost my entire weekend to it! What an absolutely cracking read…pacy, well written, and anxiety inducing.’
‘The Fear is a compulsive read, that forces the reader to consider just how far they would go to protect themselves and those around them. I could not put this book down!’
‘It’s a close call as the bar’s set so high but this has to be C.L. Taylor’s best yet. SO entertaining, high on the shock-factor and yet totally ‘real’.’
‘The Fear covers very dark territory, but it is handled realistically and sensitively through her excellent writing…Fantastically plotted and perfectly paced, this dark thriller gets a standing ovation from me.’ S.J.I. Holliday
‘A disturbing and all too real story that tests your own morals as you quickly flick through the pages. Dark, claustrophobic realism – I was completed gripped.’ Mel Sherratt
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Young, vulnerable, and blinded by love, Lou ran away to be with her teacher Mike. Years later, she longs to keep memories of her abuser in the past, but history is threatening to repeat itself. After five psychological thrillers, C.L. Taylor proves she’s a master of razor-sharp narrative and intensely vivid characterization. Each chapter of The Fear is told through the eyes of Lou and several other women caught in Mike’s web; these skillful shifts in perspective highlight just how chilling Mike’s manipulation has been. This revenge-driven novel will keep you on the edge of your seat and thirsty for retribution.
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Favourite book of the year.
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A now adult Lou discovers her erstwhile school teacher – the man who served time for abducting her as a child – is now forming a relationship with another underage girl. Facing her own demons, Lou tries to warn the girl, the girl's parents, the police... but no one listens. Her only choice is to challenge the abuser directly, an act that sends her sliding down a rabbit-hole of unintended consequences.
C. L. Taylor knows her stuff. The Fear is written with chilling accuracy: the manipulation, the self doubt and confusion, the need to believe and be believed. Then there is the fear itself – the gut-churning, blood-cooling, palpatation-inducing fear.
This book is not only a good read, but it genuinely raises awareness of the hidden issues around psychological abuse of all kinds. I couldn't fault it. 5*