Sunday Times bestselling author C.L. Taylor‘s fifth psychological thriller The Fear is published today by HarperCollins/Avon.

The novel tells the story of Lou Wandsworth, who made headlines aged fourteen when she ran away to France with her 31-year-old teacher, Mike Hughes. Now 32, Lou returns to her family home to settle her father’s affairs, only to find that history is repeating itself as Mike has turned his attention to thirteen-year-old Chloe Meadows. Lou decides to take matters into her own hands, but can she bring him to justice without becoming his prey once again?

Fellow Sunday Times bestselling author Clare Macintosh has said: “Fans of C.L. Taylor are in for a treat. The Fear is her best yet.”

Similarly, Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes has been a long-time fan: “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.”

C.L. Taylor has enjoyed brilliant successes with her previous books, which have sold over a million copies and have been translated into over 20 languages. Her debut thriller The Accident and her second book The Lie both received Silver Awards at the inaugural Specsavers Bestseller Awards in January for selling over 250,000 copies each, while The Treatment was the bestselling YA debut of 2018.

To really get The Fear going, below is the full book trailer released by Harpercollins today. Turn the sound right up and enjoy the read!