Tuesday 9 February 2021

Book Review | The Fear by C. L. Taylor | prettylittlewriter

This is the first novel I have read by C.L. Taylor, and I have to say, it was brilliant.
I am now desperate to read the rest of her books!

As you can see from the photos, I finished this novel around Halloween last year (hence the pumpkins!), so I apologise that it's taken me so long to post my review!
'Lou Wandsworth had a relationship with her teacher, Mike, and ran away to France to be with him. Soon after, she realised that Mike wasn't the man she thought he was, as he left her life in tatters. 

Skip ahead, Lou is now 32 years old, and she spies Mike up to his old tricks with a young teenager called Chloe. She sees herself in Chloe, and decides to put a stop to it before he ruins her life too.

As Lou tries to bring Mike to justice, she realises just how predatory and manipulative he is, and that she might just be in too deep'.

Initially, it took me a little while to get into this book, I was reading maybe a couple of chapters a day, simple due to not having enough time to dedicate towards it. However, once I'd gotten about halfway through, I was absolutely hooked.

I felt incredible pain for the character of Lou, the way C.L. Taylor created her character, really made me feel like Lou was a friend, and I had so much sympathy for her situation.

Student-teacher relationships can be completely life-ruining for both parties, but the teenager, as they are growing and have so many complex emotions at that age, it can completely change them. 

This was exactly what happened to Lou. The way Mike had treated her when they arrived in France was also a complete U-turn to how he had been with her before, and it then created a very dangerous and scary situation for Lou.

Back in her old home, in her hometown, after realising Mike has a new target, she cannot stand around and allow him to ruin yet another life, so she takes matters into her own hands.

Without spoiling it for those of you that want to read the book, there are so many nail-biting and hair-pulling moments, which make you want to jump into the book and remove both Lou and Chloe from the situation. 

It is an intensely stressful, completely thrilling and clever read.
C.L. Taylor is an incredible writer, and really allows you to feel involved in the story.

If you want a read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, I would highly recommend.

3.5/5 Stars

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