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Published by Avon, 22 March 2018. ISBN: 978-0-0081109-4
If you want a larger-than-life heroine who is
determined to deal with her past, look no further than Lou Wandsworth in The Fear. Lou was bamboozled by an older
man when she was a schoolgirl, taken to France and abused – and she’s never
come to terms with it. She doesn’t set out to confront Mike, but things haven’t
been going too well and when she finds herself back in her hometown to put the
family farm on the market after the death of her father, virtually the first
person she sees is her abuser – and first love – making overtures to another
Mike out to her isolated house. What happens next isn’t what she intended and
it’s certainly not what Mike – or the reader – expected. I was startled by
Lou’s behaviour but at no time did I completely lose sympathy for her. Meanwhile,
someone is organising a vendetta against Lou – and Lou has no idea what danger
she might be in from an unknown enemy – while
Chloe, the latest schoolgirl to be besotted by Mike, is devastated at a sudden
cessation of texts.
I have to
say, this was one of those commercial novels where the plot was compelling, the
reading easy and the multiple viewpoint structure worked nicely. The storylines
kept on delivering and page-turning kept on happening. There was depth and
complexity to the characters, too. I particularly liked how Lou’s feelings
towards Mike remained ambiguous for a long time – and how her determination to
protect Chloe pulled her through.
was worth waiting for, and the final ghoulish twist made me shudder. I’d not
seen that coming: but it was well planted and plausible, which I do like in a
thriller. Men get rather a hard deal in the novel, with few sympathetic
portrayals, although the plot is so gripping it probably won’t trouble most
readers. I can imagine The Fear will
draw more fans to C L Taylor’s bright flame with its satisfying themes of
revenge and redemption.
Reviewer: Dea Parkin
is the Sunday Times bestselling author of five gripping, stand-alone
psychological thrillers: The Accident,
The Lie, The Missing, The Escape and The Fear. Her award-winning books have
sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on all the ebook platforms,
optioned for television and translated into over 20 languages. She lives in
Bristol with her partner and son.
Dea Parkin is an
editor with her consultancy Fiction Feedback and is also Secretary of the Crime
Writers’ Association. She writes poetry and occasionally re-engages with The
Novel. When she isn't editing, managing or writing she is usually to be found
on the tennis court – or following the international tour at home on TV. Usually
with several books on the go, she entertains a penchant for crime fiction,
history, and novels with a mystical edge. She is engaged in a continual
struggle to find space for bookshelves and time for her friends and her cat.