#BookReview – Sleep by C.L Taylor (@AvonBooksUK @CallyTaylor)

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.

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up… 

Published April 2019 by Avon (UK)  

~ Review ~ 

I’ve read every single book by C.L Taylor – going right back to her first published novel, Heaven Can Wait, which was a romantic comedy with a supernatural twist (and bloody brilliant) rather than a thriller. So I know when I settle down with her latest book I’m in for a good read. But Man, Sleep is without doubt her best yet! 

When Anna is involved in a car accident which kills two colleagues and leaves another severely disabled, she shoulders the blame. She was driving after all. Unable to work, unable to forgive herself, unable to sleep – her world is falling apart. Then there’s the notes being left for her – is someone also blaming Anna for the tragic accident? Desperate to escape, she takes a job in a hotel on the remote island of Rum. With only a handful of guests and the local wildlife she should be safe here. Right?

Oh. My. God. This is a seriously gripping book and I’m giving you fair warning – only start this if you have a few hours to spare. You will not be able to put it down. I didn’t even mean to start it – I was doing a bit of kindle tidying and looked at the first page. 4 hours later, and in desperate need for the toilet, I’d read the entire thing without looking up. And that’s what makes C.L Taylor such a fantastic author. She knows exactly how to grip her readers right from the beginning.

The setting is fantastic. A wild and remote island. A hotel hosting a cast of eccentric characters. A murderer on the loose. Reading this is like a game of Cluedo crossed with Agatha Christie and I absolutely loved it. The guests all seem to have their demons and reasons for choosing this remote location to holiday and one of them is clearly holding a grudge. But it’s impossible to guess which one. I had every single one of them as the villian at some point.

There’s so many twists and turns to navigate until the truth is revealed, and when it comes it was like a bolt out of the blue. I seriously could not have predicted it. Taylor is also blessed with art of lending some compassion to her characters – no matter how villainous and explores themes of mental ill health, delusion, paranoia, depression and suicide. If you’re a fan of thrillers, then this is a book not to be missed. Just make sure you have a few hours spare before you start.

(I read an advance ecopy courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley)

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