Book:

The Fear

C.L. Taylor

 

Lou Wandsworth is used to being headline news as, aged fourteen, she ran away to France with her 31-year-old teacher, Mike Hughes.

 

Now 32, Lou’s life is in tatters – and she resolves to return home to confront Mike for the damage he has caused. But she soon finds that Mike is unchanged, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows.

 

Determined to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself, Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as she tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that Lou could once again become his prey…

Reviews:

The Fear is my first CL Taylor and will not be my last. Mike Hughes is a shudderingly convincing predator, his victims' stories sensitively portrayed. Dramatic, sickening, thrilling.

Louise Candlish
Louise Candlish

The result is an addictive page-turning read that I could not put down until I knew how it ended. All the while CL Taylor gives a disturbingly convincing and grim insight into how a predator like Mike works to fulfil and feed his darkest motivations.

Crime Review
Crime Review

Five Stars. Chilling, thrilling, relentlessly paced and fill of twists that will make you gasp, this novel will keep you guessing right until its brilliant, heart-thumping conclusion.

Heat Magazine
Heat Magazine

C L Taylor is one of my must-have reads, because she always, always delivers the goods, but with The Fear she has excelled herself. An emotionally charged and gripping plot we can all relate to, cleverly woven around characters you love or love to hate, I read The Fear in two sittings. Smart, packing a punch to the heart, and dark in all the right places, The Fear has bestseller written all over it. A million dollar new story from a million selling author.

Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough , author of Behind Her Eyes

A tense heart-stopper! CL Taylor’s story-telling goes from strength to strength in this tense tale of revenge gone horribly wrong

My Weekly
My Weekly

This is her best book yet. A disturbing, and all too real story that tests your own morals as you quickly flick through the pages. Dark, claustrophobic realism – I was completely gripped.

Mel Sherratt
Mel Sherratt

Dark, disturbing and addictive with great characters

B.A. Paris
B.A. Paris

A total corker! Twisted, unbearably tense and a shock ending.

C.J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man
C.J. Tudor , author of The Chalk Man

Dark and disturbing. This is a book I will remember for a long time.

Rachel Abbott
Rachel Abbott

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, author of Sweet Little Lies
Caz Frear , author of Sweet Little Lies

A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller, The Fear is as addictive as it is dark.

Lucy Clarke
Lucy Clarke

Fans of C.L. Taylor are in for a treat. The Fear is her best yet.

Clare Mackintosh
Clare Mackintosh

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
Emma Kavanagh

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. With characters so real you feel you ought to text them and a plot that keeps you tearing through the pages, this is Taylor's best book yet.

C J Cooke
C J Cooke

Such a fast-paced, gripping, tense thriller. My heart was in my mouth at the end. I think it's her best yet!

Claire Douglas
Claire Douglas

A terrifying glimpse into a dark subject. This brilliant book stayed with me long after I finished the last page.

Cass Green
Cass Green

Claustrophobic and compelling.

Karin Slaughter
Karin Slaughter

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

Lisa Hall
Lisa Hall

Many thrillers claim to be compelling: The Fear absolutely is. Breathtakingly bold, shockingly tense, you won’t be able to tear yourself away from this book. It’s dark, emotionally-charged and filled with characters who will make you question everything you think you know about them. The Fear will delight C.L. Taylor’s fans and win her an army of new ones. What a book!

Miranda Dickinson
Miranda Dickinson

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

Julie Cohen
Julie Cohen

It was a thoroughly enjoyable read, a highly original and timely tale that kept me utterly enthralled and entertained from beginning to end.

Liz Nugent
Liz Nugent

Genre

Psychological Thriller

UK Publication

HarperCollins / Avon, March 2018

US Publication

On Offer

Rights Sales

UK & Commonwealth: HarperCollins / Avon
Danish: Jentas
Dutch: Ambo Anthos
French: Hachette Livre
Portuguese (EU): Topseller
Swedish: Jentas