Release date - 22nd March 2018
Book length - 416 pages
Publisher - Avon Books UK
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
I want to thank Sabah from www.avonbooks.co.uk for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this book for review, and an extract for you all to enjoy too!
ABOUT THE BOOK
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 FEAR by C.L. Taylor is a flawless novel that sucks you in from the very first line and holds you captive until the very end.
Lou Wandsworth may be thirty-two, living it up in London with a good job and plenty of friends and lovers, but beneath the surface, Lou is haunted by what happened to her as a fourteen-year-old girl when she was groomed by her karate teacher and taken to France under false pretences. Mike Hughes shattered her soul all those years ago and she has never really been able to piece herself back together again as she pushes away one decent guy after another. But with her deceased father's home needing to be handled, Lou finds it a good time to return to her hometown and confront the man who took so much from her. But as soon as Lou arrives back, she realises with horror that Mike hasn't changed at all and has lined up another young girl to seduce and destroy, but this time Lou is determined to stop him, no matter what ...
The topic of grooming is so horrific and, as a mother, is one I usually can't stomach reading about but as I am a huge fan of C.L. Taylor I knew I had to read THE FEAR which will really open up your eyes to how something so vile can happen - every parent should read this story!
The character of Lou is so inspiring as she confronts the past and refuses to be silenced, and my heart broke for the child that she was and the child that Chloe is. Wendy was a harder nut to crack but as the story progressed, we get to see the damaged woman beneath the anger and she has a strength all of her own too.
Through throwbacks and the tense drama of the present day, we get to see the entire picture unfold and as Lou finds herself in danger once again, the tense atmosphere will really overpower you as you become sick with worry for Lou and Chloe.
Dark, haunting, and brimming with bravery, THE FEAR by C.L. Taylor is another excellent portrayal of the evil side of human nature and boy that ending really packed a punch. If you read crime fiction then C.L. Taylor needs to be at the top of your list.
I had to wait so very, very long for our first kiss. He pulled away so many times before our lips finally met, denying me, telling me that I was too young and it wouldn’t be right. His reticence only made me want him more. I’d lie in bed and relive every touch, every lingering look and every soft word. I’d run a finger over my mouth, then push two fingers against my lips, imagining the weight of his mouth on mine. Fourteen years old and I’d never been kissed. I never admitted it to anyone at school but teenagers can sniff out weakness and fear the same way pigs can sniff out truffles and, somehow, everyone knew. The bullying began when I was thirteen, just before Mum and Dad split up. I’ve got no idea why. One moment I was invisible, the next I was on the bullies’ radar. It was Dad that suggested the karate lessons. They’d give me an air of confidence, he said, even if I never used the moves. An air of confidence? That’s a joke.
I start as a dark green estate car pulls into the car park. It does a U-turn, then parks near the exit. The driver doesn’t get out but he does open a window and flick cigarette ash on the floor. As he does, the door to the garden centre bursts open and the girl I saw in the summer house runs down the path.
C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She is a three times Sunday Times bestseller and her books have hit the number one spots on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play. Cally has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology. She also loves knitting, Dr Who, Sherlock, Great British Bake Off and Margaret Atwood and blames Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected for her love of a dark tale.
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.
For more information:
Website - cltaylorauthor.com
Twitter - twitter.com/callytaylor
Facebook - www.facebook.com/CallyTaylorAuthor/
Instagram - www.instagram.com/cltaylorauthor/
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