Book Review #69: Sleep by C.L.Taylor

Title: Sleep

Author: C.L. Taylor

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Thriller, Suspense

Format: Ebook

Date of Publication: April 4th 2019

Publisher: Avon


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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…

It’s been some time I read a locked-room kind of mystery and Sleep came in right on time. There is no better place to take a vacation than on a picturesque island. But the said island is also the perfect choice for a suspense thriller. Here we follow Anna who gets a nasty and painful accident etched on her conscious making her feel guilty. To escape her past, she takes up a job on a remote island. But what she’ll later realise is that she can’t run away from her past.

Sleep is a big book, about 400 pages, and yet it flies at jet speed. I, as a reader, was constantly worried about Anna and was trying to decipher what’s happening and who’s after her life. Not for a second could I be at ease, I knew something would jump from the corner, every now and then. At one point, I sat down with the list of the seven guests of the hotel Anna was working in, trying to rule out some names and find who could be the antagonist. All of them are different personalities with secrets of their own, and were more than what they were showing. And I couldn’t find the answers. But now that I’m done reading the book, I can say that the author does sprinkle hints here and there, if you are careful enough to pick them up. When the final reveal does happen, I am astonished but then I nod my head, telling myself, of course, it had to this, it was sitting right under their nose. Also, I loved how the author was throwing me off to a wrong scent to keep me away from the right one. And the way the action scenes are described made me see the book like a movie.

The fact that I lost sleep over this book says a lot. 

Final Verdict:

Sleep by C.L. Taylor gets 4.5 out 5 stars from me.

Thank you to Avon Books and NetGalley for the ARC ebook!

About the Author:

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She is a four times Sunday Times bestseller and her books have hit the number one spots on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play. Cally has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology. She also loves knitting, Dr Who, Sherlock, Great British Bake Off and Margaret Atwood and blames Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected for her love of a dark tale.

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