C.L. Taylor

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C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of eight gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:

2014 - THE ACCIDENT / Before I Wake (U.S.)
2015 - THE LIE
2016 - THE MISSING
2017 - THE ESCAPE
2018 - THE FEAR
2019 - SLEEP
2020 - STRANGERS
2021 - HER LAST HOLIDAY

She has also written two Young Adult thrillers, THE TREATMENT and THE ISLAND, which will be published in January 2021.

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.

Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her ear
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C.L. Taylor Hi River, having a plot in mind is a good start and I understand your fear about continuing the story throughout a whole book. My advice would be to p…moreHi River, having a plot in mind is a good start and I understand your fear about continuing the story throughout a whole book. My advice would be to plot your book using the four act or eight sequence structure. I draw an empty chart on a huge piece of white paper and then then write the scenes I have on post it notes and stick them in the relevant section. I can then see at a glance which section of the book needs more plot. The four act structure is the three act structure but with the second act split into two. By doing that you ensure you don't have a 'soggy middle' to your book. You can learn more about the four act/eight sequence structure by googling Alexandra Sokoloff who has written some great blog posts about it. She also has a book available to buy on Amazon called Stealing Hollywood which details it and other tips and hints for using screenwriting methods for writing novels. Good luck!(less)
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The Lie

3.77 avg rating — 13,230 ratings — published 2015 — 10 editions
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The Missing

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The Accident

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Sleep

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The Escape

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The Fear

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Strangers

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The Treatment

3.71 avg rating — 1,835 ratings — published 2017 — 3 editions
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Her Last Holiday

3.73 avg rating — 2,009 ratings — published 2021 — 10 editions
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The Island

3.72 avg rating — 1,172 ratings — published 2021 — 7 editions
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Reasons to be cheerful

I just realised that the last blog post I wrote was on the 6th May when Her Last Holiday had charted at #12 in the Sunday Times Original Fiction chart after a part week of sales.

In an effort to chart the highs and lows of my career I thought I should write another blog to detail three highs that have happened this year.

1. After a full week Her Last Holiday charted at #8 in the Sunday Times Origina

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Sleep Tight by C.S. Green
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I listened to Sleep Tight via Audible and what a treat it was. Essentially it's a police procedural series with a touch of the supernatural and, I suspect, a lot more of the supernatural to come in future books. The protagonist, police detective Rose ...more
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56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard
56 Days
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I have been waiting a long time for a book that blows me away and 56 Days IS THAT BOOK. I genuinely feel quite breathless at how extraordinarily good it is. Absolutely faultless in my opinion. I read it over two sittings and was so immersed I ignored ...more
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Lie Beside Me by Gytha Lodge
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I started this book with zero expectations as I'd never read a book by Gytha Lodge before and now I feel as though I've discovered a new favourite author. Part psychological thriller, part police procedural Lie Beside Me hinges on a dead body mystery ...more
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That Night by Gillian McAllister
That Night
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The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish
The Other Passenger
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Another audiobook as I am still reading blocked when it comes to pages and screens and ooh I chose well. I thought this was superb.

The narration was outstanding, the inflection, the emotion, the pacing, the little sighs and sniffs and pauses that bu
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The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
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At a time when I am finding it increasingly hard to concentrate on printed books audio books were my lifeline in 2020 and, on the first day, of January 2020, I finished The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty. I'm a big fan (I discovered her via ...more
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Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes
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Rachel's Holiday is about Rachel, a 27-year-old party girl who’s in denial about her drug habit. She’s forced into rehab, largely against her will, and undergoes the most incredible transformation. There are dark moments in the book as she comes to t ...more
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Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton
Three Hours
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Immersive, terrifying, moving, intelligent and highly recommended.
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Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins
Magpie Lane
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Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins is beautifully crafted with sensational characterisation and a vivid sense of place (Oxford). Three lonely people's lives collide in a tale that is as creepy and suspenseful as it is heart-warming and hopeful. Loved it. ...more
More of C.L.'s books…
“We all have secrets. Most are guilty, a few are wretched and some are too precious to share.”
C.L. Taylor, The Missing

“Good. I don’t like people.”
C.L. Taylor, Sleep

“Hate is like a poison you make for your enemy that you end up swallowing yourself. Hating him gives him too much power, too much control over the way I live my life.”
C.L. Taylor, The Fear

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