The Fear

The Fear

By C.L. Taylor

  • Release Date : 2018-03-22
  • Genre : Crime & Thrillers
  • FIle Size : 2.30 MB
Score: 4.5
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The Fear ‘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.’
Miranda Dickinson

‘Dark and disturbing. This is a book I will remember for a long time.’
Rachel Abbott

‘A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller, The Fear is as addictive as it is dark.’
Lucy Clarke

Tense, twisty, terrifying—with one of the best premises I’ve read in ages.’
Julie Cohen

‘I lost my entire weekend to it! What an absolutely cracking read…pacy, well written, and anxiety inducing.’
Lisa Hall

‘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!’
Emma Kavanagh

‘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’.’
Caz Frear

‘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


  • Brilliant

    By Bewaretheenchantment
    Read in a day! Will be reading more by this author
  • Chillingly Accurate

    By Tullochgrue
    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*
  • An easy page turner

    By Linny10001
    Some leaps of imagination required but the story held together. The use of present tense made it a frustrating read as my brain constantly felt the need to translate it. I thought the epilogue was unnecessary and it certainly didn’t require a new character to narrate it.
  • Compelling read, full of suspense, twists and turns!

    By Moyra57
    This fast-paced, gripping psychological thriller is the latest by C.L. Taylor and it doesn’t disappoint. This is the story of vulnerable Lou, a 14 year old who falls in love with her married, seemingly respectable, martial arts instructor. Consequently she’s abducted by the devious, cunning psychopath Hughes as he showers her with undying love, fleeing to France with her. Their relationship soon changes and Lou finds herself being abused and treated with disregard, as Hughes’ mood swings cause him to frequently abandon her, going on drinking binges, in the pretence of finding them somewhere safe to hide. Apprehensive Lou becomes increasingly distressed, wishing to return home. Fast forward 18 years and Hughes has been released from prison. As Lou struggles to hold down relationships, it’s happening all over again, as Hughes seeks out Chloe, an impressionable 13 year old who, also having a disturbing relationship with her own bullying, drunken father, bears a resemblance to Lou. Hughes buys her affection with gifts and compliments, offering her attention where her father fails, gradually grooming her and winning her over. Meanwhile, Hughes’ ex-wife Wendy comes on the scene, singling out Lou and seeking revenge on the girl who broke up her marriage. When Lou inherits her father’s house after his death and moves back to her childhood home, she becomes aware of Hughes’ intentions and tries to warn Chloe by letting her read the secret diary she kept during the abduction. But impressionable Chloe doesn’t want to know. A plan develops with disastrous consequences, when Lou tries to lure Hughes under false pretences to her father’s home as its payback time. This is a compelling, believable read, defining what an abductee may experience and how it could affect them long term, together with what family and friends may experience. Unputdownable!
  • Gripping - so be sure to clear your day before you start!

    By paige-poynter-ox
    Whenever CL Taylor releases a new book, I know to clear my day in anticipation of a gripping story that I can't put down. The Fear did not disappoint! As much as I waned to get to the end to find out what happened I also didn't want it to be over. The story was consistently fast paced, gripping, and exciting. As with Cally's previous books each chapter tells a different characters story and perspective. In The Fear we read from the point of view of three women (Lou, Wendy and Chloe), each at different stages in life and with a different story. The one thing they have in common is Mike, a violent predator. Cally has a real talent for writing flawed and damaged but believable characters. By the time I was finished with one persons chapter I couldn't wait to get back to them, but by the time I'd got through the next I couldn't wait to get back to that persons story. I'd highly recommend any CL Taylor book. The only downside is that I get through them so fast and have to wait for her next one. I think The Fear may be her darkest yet and I love that. It's dark, disturbing, and twisty which is exactly what I look for in a crime thriller!
  • Great read

    By covgal
    C. L. Taylor is one of favourite authors, been a big fan, since home for Christmas , and when she started writing thrillers I was hooked, this book is a very different book about grooming, I would of finished this book a lot quicker, but being a mum and childminder, I don’t get much free time. But this book was very addictive once you start and you wanted to know more. I love the fact you have little flashbacks wish there was more of them, the characters are believable, Lou was my favourite and I’m glad she got a happy ending, Wendy was a bit annoying but came good at the end, Chloe was a bit different as teenager compared to Lou, but I would say Chloe mind set was younger than Lou at the age of 13/14, over all if you want a book that keeps you guessing and wondering then I highly recommend this one..