REVIEW: The Fear - C L Taylor

The Fear - C L Taylor
Published by Harper Collins on 22nd March 2018
My rating: 5/5
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FINALLY, I’m back to reading thrillers and I couldn’t have returned to them with a better book. The Fear is C L Taylor’s latest in a record of bestselling, plot-twisting set of thrillers and I couldn’t recommend them more! They have such depth and research that gives them a realistic grounding and one that thoroughly creeps me out. Somehow I always end up reading thrillers home alone at night and I couldn’t finish this book on one of those nights (the fear was real) or fall asleep. That was a consequence I was willing to accept.

The Fear follows Lou, a woman who was once a teenager abducted by her teacher. She thought they were in love and has been plagued by the memories of their messed-up relationship for years. As an adult, she ends up moving into town and seeing him again. This time, she’s got the strength to fight back.

As the dynamics of the story kept shifting, I couldn’t tell who was going to come out on top. Especially when the crucial third and fourth characters came into play. I loved the changing perspectives and gripping cliffhangers because I was well and truly hooked from the start. The power plays were such an engaging element. From Mike being her karate teacher and holding the position of power, to being the weaker, older man. I can’t say much more about this without giving the plot away but age, role, gender, so much of the story comes from who has the power and there’s a visual element that really sums this up well.

At times, it was hard to read because the story is so graphic and disturbing, but it never went too far for me. It only scarred my mind and made me jump every time I looked in the mirror… The sacrifices you have to make for reading good thrillers! Goodbye confidence of being able to be home alone!

C L Taylor is a talented thriller writer and you’d be mad to miss out on her latest astounding novel.

Love, Jess

Thank you Harper Collins for providing a copy for review.


  1. Fantastic review :)
    I recently read and loved this! You're right about the shifting dynamics, I found it so gripping and could barely put this book down.
    Cora |

    1. Glad you loved it too! She's such a master of thriller-writing :) x


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