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…
Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK and Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014.
She started writing short stories in 2005 and was published widely in literary and women’s magazines. She also won several short story competitions. In 2009 and 2011 her romantic comedy novels (as Cally Taylor) were published by Orion and translated into fourteen languages. HEAVEN CAN WAIT was a bestseller in Hungary and China and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a feature film by JumpStart Productions. Whilst on maternity leave with her son Cally had an idea for a psychological thriller and turned to crime. She has also written a Young Adult thriller, THE TREATMENT, which was published by HarperCollins HQ.
C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son.
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A scene where Chloe is on holiday with her brother and her parents.
Jamie’s laughter carries across the pool, over a frantic father–son table tennis match and across to the sun loungers. Chloe plucks at her dress. It’s too tight across the bust and sweat is pooling between her breasts. Still, at least Jamie’s firing his water pistol at their dad now, rather than her. She glances at her mum, lying on the sun lounger beside her. She’s wearing oversized sunglasses and a black swimsuit with a sarong swathed around her hips. She hasn’t looked up from her book once in the last hour.
Chloe has never really understood her mother – with her constant migraines, lack of interest in Chloe’s life and her permanently exhausted expression – but she does now. She’s dead inside too. There’s no point talking to her about what’s been going on in her life. Even if she could find the words, what could her mum do? At best she’d tell Chloe that everyone has crushes and she should find a nice boy her own age to go out with. At worst she’d tell her dad and the police about Mike. What does her mum know about love anyway? She might have loved her dad once but there isn’t any evidence of that now. They never kiss or touch each other. They barely speak other than about the kids. Chloe can’t even remember the last time they smiled at each other. Their relationship couldn’t be more different to her relationship with Mike. Correction. The relationship she used to have with Mike. Even her dad had commented on the fact he hadn’t dropped round the house for a while.
Chloe shifts on her sun lounger and sits up. She plucks at the thin material of her dress, clinging to her thighs. The second she lets go, it sticks to her skin again. She’s so hot and uncomfortable she feels sick. In another world she’d rip off her dress and jump in the pool with her knees tucked up to her chin and feel the sweet relief of the water washing over her. But it’s not another world. It’s this world, where she’s fat and lumpy and she’d rather die than let anyone see her in a swimsuit.
‘I’m going to get a Coke,’ she says. ‘Do you want anything?’
Her mum shakes her head.
‘All right. I’ll be back in a bit.’
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