C.L. Taylor


"'...you will do no wrong than to pick up this book… but I warn you, putting this book down again will be a Herculean task!'"


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…

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This is a difficult one to review as there is so much I could give away without meaning to… with that in mind I will start by saying this is a cracking and addictive story and one I read in a single afternoon! The pace is breakneck and ‘Sleep’ did anything but to me, instead it was like being injected with a shot of adrenaline. Stranded on a remote part of Rum, Taylor’s book resonated with that famous Christie with a small cast of characters who had a killer in their midst and no way of escaping. There is a claustrophobic feel to ‘Sleep’ as the storm batters the hotel and small island while paranoia builds and builds. Taylor’s characters are all well-defined and each has their own back story and none are simple plot devices. There is much about the need to sleep and the lack of it as paranoia, anxiety, grief and self-loathing all play a part in depriving some of the sleep they most desire… although I am sure sleeping with a killer under the same roof is hard to achieve, even for those of us who sleep at the drop of a hat! Taylor has a great knack of being cinematic with her writing and her book played out like a movie in my head. ‘Sleep’ is aching to be adapted for the small screen. If you want a thumping good read that will do everything except send you to sleep, then you will do no wrong than to pick up this book… but I warn you, putting this book down again will be a Herculean task!

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