I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Sleep by C.L. Taylor. I’ve read a few of Cally’s other books and absolutely loved them. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.
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…
Oh my! Where do I begin? I’m not quite sure how C.L. Taylor manages it but she writes characters that seem to crawl into your head and take up residence. Anna is no exception. Even when I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking about it and wondering how Anna was going to escape her nightmare scenario.
And being stuck in an isolated hotel, cut off from the rest of the island and the world by a terrible storm, is definitely a nightmare! I’ve read other books that have a similar set-up so it’s not easy to find a fresh approach. However, C.L. Taylor has managed to do so. Maybe it helped that Storm Gareth was crashing around outside when I read this novel but I really felt I was there, immersed in the storm and the story, panic rising all around me.
Multiple viewpoints add depth to the narrative as well as diversion. They also make great contrast with Anna’s paranoia and make you think about her reliability.
This is an outstanding book but the thing I liked about it the most is the exploration of guilt. When things go wrong, we look for someone or something to blame. Sometimes accidents are just accidents but we don’t seem able to accept that anymore. Blame culture is rife but as Sleep suggests, often the person responsible is more than capable of punishing themselves.
It’s hard to write about this novel without giving away spoilers. But what I can say is that I didn’t work out what was going on. It’s a very clever plot and I daren’t say more than that.
So, compelling characters, creepy setting and a clever plot – what more do you want? Sleep is definitely a contender for my top ten reads of 2019.
You can buy Sleep here.
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.