Over half way through the busiest day on TWG and I’m feeling a bit of #TheFear! Please say that I’m not the only one? Ohhhh wait, I’m not, Ronnie Turner is feeling #TheFear today too! Yes, we’re both hosting C.L.Taylor and her new novel on our blogs today. How exciting! Thank you to AvonBooks for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review, as well as a sneak peak from the book itself:
Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…
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…
What does TWG think?
I have to say that the title of this book is incredibly apt for the storyline itself – it really is all about #TheFear. Not only that, the theme is incredibly relevant to today’s society and, whilst being such a difficult storyline to digest, it’s something that happens more often than people would like to admit. Thankfully for us, C.L.Taylor has written a story which puts us in the shoes of someone who ran away with a person in a position of power. A person who was 17 years their senior. A person who should have known better, yet refused to even think. Some might say that Lou was old enough to know better at fourteen, but honestly, was she really? Keep that question in your mind whilst you read C.L.Taylor’s latest novel – you might find your opinion changes once you reach the end of the book.
Right, obviously I don’t intend on giving anything away, even accidentally, so I will be as vague in this review as I can. After all, the author has worked incredibly hard on her book, it would be such a shame to ruin it with a thoughtless spoiler.
Starting off in the ‘present day’, we meet a 32 year old Lou who is about to return to the place where it all began. The storyline switches between now and then, allowing readers an insight to what actually happened when Lou was fourteen. If that wasn’t enough, the storyline even changes viewpoints as we meet other characters who may or may not play a part in Lou’s history. There is so much to #TheFear and hand on heart, it isn’t confusing at all, you just need to pay attention because not everything is as it seems.
For such a dark storyline, #TheFear just kept on giving with every turn of the page, I honestly couldn’t put the book down. Yes, some parts were difficult to digest, yet it made the book even more addictive. C.L.Taylor doesn’t ‘pussy foot’ around the theme of the story at all, instead she grabs it by ahems and lays it bare for all its worth, and why not! It isn’t written insensitively – it’s real, raw and no doubt relatable.
#TheFear should come with its own oxygen mask, or at least come with a noisy buzzer reminding you to actually erm…whats the word, BREATHE! I’ll be honest here, this book gave me the heeby jeebies, but ohmygod was it worth it!
C.L.Taylor is a phenomenal writer and she proves that once again with her latest dark, enticing, and severely hard-hitting new novel – I even devoured it in one sitting, I was that addicted!
A cleverly written, gritty, intense and utterly brilliant novel which will leave you on the edge of your seat. Or, if you’re anything like me, it’ll have you hanging off the edge of your seat and falling on the floor because you’re too busy reading the book to pay attention to how far your backside is off the sofa!
About the author:
C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and have been published by a variety of literary and women’s magazines.
In 2014, The Bookseller named C.L. Taylor as one of the year’s Bestselling Adult Fiction Debut Authors for The Accident. The Lie and The Missing were Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers in paperback, and both books hit the #1 spot on the Kindle bestseller list. She has sold 1 million books to date.
If the high street was scary then the park was worse. Tucked away from the road, the only light was the dull glow of the theatre but, as Chloe ventured further in, darkness wrapped her like a shroud.
She gripped her dead phone to her chest as she passed the abandoned swings and slides and then sprinted across a stretch of lawn. As she reached a dark clump of trees and bushes she dropped to her knees and began to crawl, brushing sharp branches, nettles and brambles away from her face. For a worrying couple of seconds she feared she was in the wrong place, it wasn’t the secret hideout she’d shared with her best friend Martha when they were eight, but the foliage gradually parted to reveal a small hollow, four foot high by four foot wide with a tree trunk in the centre. Finally hidden from the world, she started to cry.