Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting the newest instalment to my “Top Shelf Spotlight” series – ‘THE FEAR’ by C.L. Taylor. You can find the other posts in the series here. In this series, I will be focusing on one book in particular that has made my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing some of my personal thoughts on the novel. I hope you enjoy this series, and please leave any feedback below, including any other posts or series you’d like to see on my blog! So, here goes…
THE FEAR by C.L. Taylor.
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…
About the Author.
C.L. Taylor is the author of five adult psychological thrillers and one YA thriller. Her latest novel, ‘Sleep’, is due to be released in March 2019. In the past, she has written various short stories and romantic comedy novels (as Cally Taylor). Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.
About the Book.
Release Date: March 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Average Goodreads rating: 4.04
Author’s other works: ‘THE ACCIDENT’ (2014), ‘THE LIE’ (2015), ‘THE MISSING’ (2016), ‘THE ESCAPE’ (2017), ‘THE TREATMENT’ (2017).
Themes explored: Physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, grooming, paedophilia.
Favourite character/narrator: Lou!
What I liked/overall standout elements:
- The author’s choice of narrative method is really effective. The novel is narrated from the perspectives of Lou, Wendy and Chloe, using a mix of both the first-person and the third-person. The narrative is complex, but is still very easy to follow.
- The characterisation of Lou is brilliant. She’s a very complex character – she’s tough and determined to do what’s right, but she’s also very emotional and vulnerable. She’s deeply scarred from the horrors of her past, and has suffered greatly. I felt a great deal of sympathy towards her.
- The exploration of childhood trauma, particularly child grooming and paedophilia, is very effective. Taylor addresses some difficult issues, such as battery and rape, but these are explored very sensitively and in enough detail.
- There are many Crime/Thriller elements incorporated in this novel, such as increasing suspense, mystery regarding what will happen next, plenty of twists and turns, and a fantastic ending.
- The novel ends fantastically. There’s a dramatic end scene that is jam-packed full of action and drama. The characters’ must work together to overpower the villain Mike, before it’s too late. I was really satisfied with the way the novel ended, and felt that it tied everything together very well.
Happy reading 🙂