Sleep – CL Taylor

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.

C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of seven gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:

2014 – THE ACCIDENT / Before I Wake (U.S. title)
2015 – THE LIE
2018 – THE FEAR
2019 – SLEEP

She has also written two Young Adult thrillers, THE TREATMENT, which was published by HarperCollins HQ and THE ISLAND, which will be published in January 2021.

C.L. Taylor’s books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Audible, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into over 25 languages and optioned for TV.

SLEEP won the ‘best ebook’ award in the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards. 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.

My Review

I’ve read several of CL Taylor’s previous books and thoroughly enjoyed them all, so I was quite confident that Sleep would be twisted, entertaining and gripping and it is!

Sleep is about Anna, who was driving a car on the way back from a company team building weekend away with 3 colleagues and was involved in a horrific accident, killing 2 co-workers and paralysing the other. Racked with guilt and remorse at being able to “walk away” from the accident, Anna leaves her life, job, boyfriend and family behind and escapes to a remote island in Scotland for a job in a tiny, isolated hotel.

Plagued by nightmares and paranoia, Anna struggles to sleep, believing someone is watching her and when seven guests turn up at the hotel, strange things begin to happen and she starts to fear for her life.

Once again CL Taylor has produced a great cast of characters and with the hotel so isolated and stuck in the midst of a torrential storm, Sleep becomes even more atmospheric and creepy.

Enjoyable and twisty and my amateur armchair detectives skills proves once again that I would make a lousy policewoman.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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