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Sleep – C.L Taylor #Blogtour

Firstly I’d like to extend my extreme gratitude to Sabah Khan of Avon Books – for including me on this #blogtour, I am a huge fan of C.L. Taylor’s work, so to be asked to Blog for SLEEP is extremely exciting for me! And of course to the super talented Cally Taylor for writing such sublime books.


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…

The million-copy bestseller is back in her darkest, twistiest book to date. Read it if you dare!


C.L. Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of six gripping stand-alone psychological thrillers: THE ACCIDENT, THE LIE, THE MISSING, THE ESCAPE, THE FEAR and SLEEP. Her 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. THE ESCAPE won the Dead Good Books ‘Hidden Depths’ award for the Most Unreliable Narrator and THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards ‘Pageturner’ category.

She has also written a Young Adult thriller, THE TREATMENT, published by HarperCollins HQ and is currently writing her second.

Photo taken from Cally’s Website

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 started writing short stories in 2005 and was published widely in literary and women’s magazines. She also won several short story competitions. In 2009 and 2011 her romantic comedy novels (as Cally Taylor) were published by Orion and translated into fourteen languages. HEAVEN CAN WAIT was a bestseller in Hungary and China and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a feature film by JumpStart Productions. Whilst on maternity leave with her son Cally had an idea for a psychological thriller and turned to crime.

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son.

SLEEP – My Review:

I have read Cally’s previous books The Fear, The Accident etc and love her writing style. So had high hopes for SLEEP and I wasn’t left dissapointed.

We first met Anna as she’s heading off on a team building weekend with her work colleagues. As usual with the people we sometimes work with, not everyone gets along and theres differences of opinion. Anna, Peter, Freddy and Mohammed head home after a long weekend of fraught tensions. Whilst everyone else falls asleep on the long ride home, with Anna driving – her mind running over what’s been said to her and about her. When an accident occurs and the outcome leaves them hospitalised, but physically ok. Mentally Anna’s suffered and this leaves her life in tatters.

She feels guilty that she’s ok, that she survived – unscathed. Deep sadness at how its all turned out. But mostly, shes tired from lack of sleep – because of nightmares, anxiety, and feelings of detachment. She feels like she’s watching someone else go through this, going through the motions of her relationship with her boyfriend Alex. Of trying to make the effort or having to pretend she ok when shes really not. That and the fact shes convinced someone is following her, leaving messages, she needs to get away.

So, she tells Alex its not working, resigns from her job, and ups and moves to the Isle of Rum – a small island, part of the Scottish Hebrides – with a population of only 31. To work in the Bay View Hotel. The work is hard and very busy with just her and David the hotel owner running the place – but Anna wants this, she doesn’t want time to think about whats happened, she needs to occupy her mind.

Not long after she’s started a group of hikers comes to stay, but a storm rolls in with them and things begin to take a turn for the worst. Despite having only been there for a few days, shes left in charge of the hotel, when David drops down dead. Trapped and without help or wifi and therefore unable to contact the outside world, the 7 guests – all with their own reasons for escaping to the island too, try and wait out the storm, but for how long can the storm rage?

The longer they are the there the more secrets start to come out, firstly Trevor’s, then Malcolm, and with them, the insecurities pour out too. Emotions run high and there is no escape. Katie, Melanie, Fiona, Christine, and Joe they try but fail, to cross the flooded river the only route to the village.

This situation can’t get any worse, can it ?

As I’ve said above, I love C.L. Taylor’s books, she was one of the first authors of thriller books I read and helped develop my passion for a thriller, I adore her books and thoroughly enjoyed SLEEP.

I was quite literally left without SLEEP, due to the need to finish this amazing book, it kept me turning pages till 1am. The story is reflective of todays issues, dealing with mental illness, how children are often carers for parents and how the media portrays an individual, often incorrectly and harshly. And how heavily we rely upon modern technology to get us through the day with no phone reception or wifi we have to talk to each other and thats highlighted by Fiona and Joe – how they have never met, but she knows the reason he’s come to Rum. By talking, we ask questions, and thats how we gain information about each other in real life and make friends or enemies.

The characters are just normal people, but life gets in the way for them. The real story lies with them and create these problems that have brought to Rum, they may wish they stayed at home.

A fabulously twisted tale, with of course the C.L. Taylor twist that we all adore.

To buy SLEEP – and I think you should :

@callytaylor @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K #DaretoSleep

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