All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…
To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.
Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.
Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.
Sleep was published on the 4th April 2019 by Avon. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book via NetGalley.
Anna needs to escape following a car accident where she was the driver. There was nothing she could do but unfortunately two of her passengers lost their lives and the third was seriously injured. Understandably Anna blames herself and, as a result, suffers from terrible insomnia. Anna needs to find an escape so gets a new job working in a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum. As soon as Anna arrives, the hotel has guests who have arrived for a walking holiday. Each of the guests are very different so from the start its clear its going to be an interesting read just for the character interaction and dynamics. Then add into the mix, the secrets that each of them is hiding and you are in for a corker of a psychological ride!
I absolutely loved Sleep, it is a gripping, tension filled read with a wonderfully claustrophobic setting. The hotel is very isolated which Anna feels as soon as she steps off the boat – whilst she might think that it’s going to help her relax and sleep at night, to me it’s enough to give you nightmares!
To make the isolation worse, the guests are all confined together when a storm hits, the suspense builds rapidly from this point as the characters are literally sitting ducks waiting for something terrible to happen. C. L. Taylor’s writing is brilliant, putting the reader in the middle of the action, almost as a present voyeur to what is happening which really builds the suspense. At times through this book I was holding my breath, waiting to find out what was going to happen.
Sleep is highly addictive and a page turner as you just need to know what’s coming. The irony that a book entitled Sleep that has the potential to keep you awake a night because 1. you can’t put it down and 2. once you’ve finished it you can’t sleep for thinking about it!
C.L. Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of six gripping psychological thrillers. They are not a series and can be read in any order:
2014 – THE ACCIDENT
2015 – THE LIE
2016 – THE MISSING
2017 – THE ESCAPE
2018 – THE FEAR
2019 – SLEEP
She has also written a Young Adult thriller, THE TREATMENT, which was published by HarperCollins HQ and is currently writing her second, which will be published in June 2020.
C.L. Taylor’s books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into over 25 languages and optioned for TV. THE ESCAPE won the Dead Good Books ‘Hidden Depths’ award for the Most Unreliable Narrator. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the ‘Pageturner’ category.
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 lives in Bristol with her partner and young son.
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