Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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…
The million copy Sunday Times bestseller returns with a taut, compelling psychological thriller that will have you glued to the edge of your seat.
Some people leave a lasting impression and, sometimes not in a very pleasant way. 32-year-old Lou is haunted by her past encounter with a pedophile. Events that never let her have any serious relationship. What happens when she decided to confront her past and lay it to rest once and for all?
“Hate is like a poison you make for your enemy that you end up swallowing yourself. Hating him gives him too much power, too much control over the way I live my life.”
The story explores a complicated relationship between two women, devastated by the same chain of events. The plot is unforeseeable and everything is a chance event, with multiple things going wrong. This makes the plot more enjoyable, and give it a casual appearance rather than a perfectly planned one.
Characters are rather simple, with a constant set of behavior and skills. The characters are evil/good in their own way, and it is easy to feel them around while reading the plot. The plot is fast-paced and I found the ending deeply satisfying.
The plot also deals with the scary world of children being groomed by pedophiles and then taking advantage of them for their own pleasure. Mike, the antagonist is a man I hated right from the start. He is downright creepy and is the master of scheming and manipulation. This is the central theme and the story revolves around it. Lives are visibly affected due to Mike and psychological trauma is intense.
As a fan of her books, this was not a very good example of her writing as well as storytelling skills, but I was definitely invested in the story, my mind constantly wondering what happens next.
Thrilling, engaging and intense, The Fear takes you to a world that is scarier than we think.