Lately I’ve been in a bit of a ‘book lull’ and despite my inner bookworm being desperate to get stuck into a juicy new book I just couldn’t be bothered to start a new one. On a whim one day I picked up The Fear and thanks to this book I’m officially back in the game and flying through paperbacks like there’s no tomorrow.
Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike when she was a teenager and its haunted her life ever since. When she’s forced to return to her hometown Lou knows she will also have to face her past. What she doesn’t expect though is to find history repeating itself and Mike in a relationship with another student.
Lou is determined to stop Mike in his tracks and will do whatever it takes to prevent him ruining somebody else’s life. Lou isn’t the only one who wants revenge though, Mike blames Lou for sending him to jail meanwhile a strange woman called Wendy has started taking an unnerving interest in Lou’s life. Lou needs to watch her back if she’s going to bring Mike to justice once and for all.
Told from a few different viewpoints this book certainly didn’t hang around. It moved fast and there was action and drama in every chapter which is just how I like it. There was something about this book that was oddly claustrophobic. Perhaps it was the slimey and downright horrible character of Mike or the way that Lou’s life was caving in around her, either way every time I settled down to read this I prepared myself for some pure mental torture.
I thought the actual narrative was very clever and although I soon figured out who the mysterious Wendy really was the way the characters were developed and linked together is what made this such a page turner.
What I really liked about this book is that it didn’t take a million chapters before the action all kicked off, in fact Lou initiated her revenge on Mike right at the very start which then laid the foundations for the rest of the book. There’s also one hell of a final chapter so hold out for that and be prepared to have ya socks blown off.
The only thing I would say about this is I would have liked to see more of the relationship between Lou and on-off boyfriend Ben develop more. Although this wasn’t the main plotline I really liked the character of Ben and was holding out for him to be the hero of the book- a missed opportunity if you ask me (which technically nobody did).
With holiday season fast approaching we’re all on the hunt for the perfect beach read and this my friends should most definitely make it onto the list.