‘I’m doing it because I love you,’ he says as he shoves a sock into my mouth, presses the tape over the top and ties my wrists to the bedposts. ‘Sometimes I think I love you too much.’
ABOUT THIS 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…
MY THOUGHTS: That ending! I am sitting here, eyes gleaming, shaking my head in amazement! Didn’t see that coming. Thought this was a good solid 4-star read right up to the end. But that ending deserves an extra half star on its own.
I have read two of Taylor’s previous books, The Lie and The Treatment, both good solid four star reads, but with The Fear, the ending makes it stand out from the others. Yes, I keep going on about the ending, but it was jaw-dropping!
Okay, okay, enough about the ending. Let’s get into the meat of the book.
There have been a lot of books written about older men preying on young girls, insecure girls, lonely girls. But what about afterwards? What happens to these girls? What effect does that experience have on their lives? And the other people in his life, his wife, how does she cope? These are the questions that Taylor has used as the basis for The Fear. She takes these people, angry, damaged, vengeful, fearful, and places them in an explosive situation. At one point I didn’t know who was sane, or if any of them were. I rooted first for one, and then another.
4.5 stars for an emotionally exhausting but supremely satisfying read.
Thank you to Harper Collins Publishers, Avon Books via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Fear by C. L. Taylor for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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