- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Avon - GB (18 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008221030
- ISBN-13: 978-0008221034
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sleep Paperback – 18 Mar 2019
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Praise for Sleep:
‘Beware! Sleep does not do what it says on the tin: I was awake until the small hours under its dark and twisty spell.’ Fiona Barton
‘Sleep kept me awake until the early hours…extremely creepy, atmospheric and twisty. I never guessed that ending!’ Claire Douglas
‘Another cracking psychological thriller from CL Taylor. Sleep will keep you up all night.’ Mark Edwards
‘Yet another brilliantly atmospheric page turner.’ Michelle Frances, author of The Girlfriend
'An edgy, page-turning, genuinely thrilling read.’ Christian White, bestselling author of The Nowhere Child
‘A classic premise with a paranoid protagonist and juicy suspects. Great book!’ Steve Cavanagh
‘A propulsive, twisty thriller with an ending you won’t see coming.’ Mel McGrath
‘Chilling, wonderfully atmospheric, with a knock-out ending I can’t stop thinking about.’ Paula Daley
‘Another masterclass in heart-in-mouth suspense.’ Tammy Cohen
‘A new C.L. Taylor is always cause for excitement and Sleep is another cracker.’ Cass Green
‘She does it every time. A dark and clever tale of twisted mind games. Totally absorbing and addictive. Loved it.’ Mel Sherratt
'Deeply addictive, dark and so, so twisty.' Lucy Clarke
‘Claustrophobic and twisty in a terrifyingly remote setting.’ Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew
Praise for C.L. Taylor:
‘Fans of C.L. Taylor are in for a treat. The Fear is her best yet.’ Clare Mackintosh
‘Smart, packing a punch to the heart, and dark in all the right places.’ Sarah Pinborough
‘A highly original and timely tale that kept me utterly enthralled and entertained from beginning to end.’ Liz Nugent
‘Dark and disturbing. This is a book I will remember for a long time.’ Rachel Abbott
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SLEEP begins with promise - a chilling promise of things to come - and yet it failed to reach those hair-raising heights. I don't know why but it just never got there.
All Anna wants to do is sleep but she is plagued with crushing insomnia, terrifying nightmares and memories of the horrific crash that killed two of her colleagues and left one crippled with life-changing injuries. Anna walked away. As she was driving she feels responsible and since then has blamed herself.
But she is not the only one who feels she is to blame. Someone has been leaving her messages with the word SLEEP. A note on her car, a postcard in her pocket. Someone is watching her, stalking her. Someone wants her to suffer. Her boyfriend Alex believes she is just so sleep-deprived she is imagining things. But Anna knows better. She believes she knows who is behind the messages and thinks it's time for a clean break. A new start, a new place, a change in direction.
Anna decides to take a position with a small hotel on the Scottish island of Rum - an island so small its population is just 35. Perfect, Anna thinks. Far away from people and her old life in London. And hopefully, far away from the person stalking her. What better way than to escape the aftermath in the hope she can finally find some peace...and sleep.
Soon after her arrival a walking group book into the Bay View Hotel just as a storm is approaching. However, they don't let that deter them as they spend their first day exploring the island. But soon, the storm builds and becomes worse with torrential rain and cyclonic winds keeping the group indoors to amuse themselves. And before long, the rain cuts them off from the rest of the island, leaving them alone with just each other as the storm continues to rage.
But then strange things begin to happen and Anna again has that awful sense she is being watched. Then her new colleague and friend dies suddenly in front of them and when she sees the words pertaining once again to "SLEEP" drawn into the condensation of the window, terror begins to flood through her. Anna knows that whoever was stalking her in London has followed her here. And it can only be one of seven people. One of her guests wants her dead. But which one?
I must admit I didn't guess the culprit in this one, and many of the characters weren't completely likable. They did, however, all have their own secrets as the reader tries to unravel which of them has it in for Anna.
There is an obvious nod to Agatha Christie (and her "Ten Little Indians") with the setting of the scene but there the similarity ends. There was the makings of a truly chilling tale here but it fails to live up to them spectacularly. It certainly lacked the creepiness I'd expected to feel and instead I found myself increasingly frustrated with Anna.
A dark psychological thriller, SLEEP should leave you breathless and unable to sleep yourself but for me, it didn't quite live up to its hype. However, I won't let this deter me from exploring the author's other books as I have heard nothing but rave reviews about them and look forward to immersing myself in another, hopefully more thrilling tale.
I would like to thank #CLTaylor, #NetGalley and #AvonBooksUK for this ARC of #Sleep in exchange for an honest review.
Anna Willis was driving three members of her work team home after a team-building retreat when their car is hit by a truck. Two of Anna’s colleagues are killed, the third is badly injured. Anna herself has minor physical injuries but the psychological impact is enormous. Anna is haunted by guilt, by memories of that night, memories which are worse at night and make it nearly impossible for her to sleep. Anna also believes that she is being stalked. Her relationship with Alex, which was in trouble before the accident, fails completely. Anna takes a job at the Bay View Hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum: perhaps this will enable her to put the past behind her.
Shortly after Anna takes up her new position, seven people arrived at the hotel. The seven of them are booked in for a walking tour. But a ferocious storm isolates the guests, one of whom Anna is convinced is trying to kill her. But which one? Each of the guests seems to have secrets but which one of them has murder on their mind?
The weather and isolation on the Isle of Rum heightened the psychological impact of this novel. I could well imagine Anna’s terror, compounded by her feelings of guilt and lack of sleep. And the ending? While I have some reservations, they did not stop me enjoying the novel. This is the first of Ms Taylor’s novels I’ve read, but it won’t be the last.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
It opens with Anna being involved in an accident in which she is driving. It changes her life forever and she feels the guilt deeply. She can't sleep and blames herself for it all. Her relationship with her boyfriend suffers and she packs up and moves to Rum on a remote Scottish Island for a new start. She gets a job in the Bay View Hotel doing bits of everything. Just before a massive storm 7 new guests arrive for a walking holiday. But all of these guests have secrets and not all of them are who they say they are. One of them s out to get Anna, and her lack of sleep makes this seem like paranoia.
This book will have you hooked straight away and ignoring the chores that you really should be doing. Make sure when you pick this one up that you have plenty of time to read because you will not want to do anything else.
Thanks to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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