Everyone (including me!) has been going absolutely crazy for this book… but what can I say, other than Cally Taylor has done it again with a cracker of a read!
‘Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…
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 first few chapters are rather unnerving. The hold that Mike still has on Lou is pretty intense. Many years have passed and she is still unable to move on, she can’t hold down a relationship and she is being drawn back to her old town where it all happened. The word ‘groomed’ is mentioned a few times which is a pretty big subject to tackle, so I couldn’t wait to read how Cally approaches it within the novel.
I love Cally’s writing style. It is so simplistic and flows well, and the way she describes people, places and conversations is subtly creative. She really knows how to prepare, plan and write a novel that is gripping, full of shocks and imaginative. She has the reader eating out of the palm of her hand.
As for that final page, I knew there would be something deeper but I didn’t expect that. I won’t spoil it, you will have to find out for yourself…
Thank you so much to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for sending me a copy as part of the Blog Tour, and as one of today’s stops, I have the pleasure in sharing with you a little something to whet your appetite:
Three days ago I caved and texted Ben. Mostly because I still feel so awful about what happened and partly because my friend Alice encouraged me to. She rang me on my mobile as I was walking to my car after work. Just for a chat, she said, but we both knew she was fishing for gossip. First she chastised me for not updating Facebook since I left London, then she told me she’d bumped into Ben in the pub. Apparently he was frosty when she asked how he was.
‘He said, I’ve been better. Those were his exact words. I think he still likes you, Lou. Are you sure you can’t sort things out with him?’
I haven’t told Alice the truth about what happened in Dover. I said we’d had an argument and decided to end things. She doesn’t know about Mike. None of my friends do.
‘I’ve told you, I’m a screw-up when it comes to men. I can’t even become a mad old cat lady because I’m allergic to them. Cats, not old ladies, although I’ve never had one rub themselves up and down my leg.’
Alice laughed. ‘Okay, well, first off, we’re all screwed up. Some people are just better at hiding it than others. Secondly, what you and Ben had was pretty intense. I barely saw you when you were with him. Maybe you both just need a bit of a breather. Has he texted you since you split up? Have you texted him?’
No, I told her. I haven’t heard from him. And I haven’t texted him either. But I still feel really bad about what happened.
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