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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  154 reviews

‘Claustrophobic and compelling’ KARIN SLAUGHTER
‘A rollercoaster with multiple twists’ DAILY MAIL
’A million dollar new story from a million selling author' SARAH PINBOROUGH

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 pas

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Expected publication: March 21st 2019 by Avon
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sue
400 pages read.....just like that! Yep 400 pages whizzed past me without me even recognising how many pages were in this latest book of CL Taylor’s.

I opened the book after studying the cover (like you do) and wondered what relevance and connection, if any, would be within these pages.

Well, you soon find out.

The beginning of the story makes me feel for Anna. She was the driver of the car that killed two people, one injured. I couldn’t help but think and feel for her. To blame yourself is the firs
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Rebecca Carter
I've read two of C.L. Taylor's previous books; The Lie and The Escape. Sleep is the sixth book written by her and is just as (if not more so) absorbing as the two I've previously read.

It's an utterly gripping psychological thriller mystery and "who done it" similar to Murder on the Orient Express, where the cast of characters are all trapped together in one place, with a possible murderer among them. The tension builds along with the pace of the book, and it will make any reader lose "Sleep" du
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Liz Barnsley
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to give this top marks because reading Sleep genuinely meant that I had none over the night I read it. Well perhaps a little bit after I finished it bleary eyed at around 3am.

I'm still very fond of the psychological thriller, despite having read so many, both excellent ones and also some truly terrible ones - but this author never fails to entertain me, whether it's by writing those characters I love to hate, or as in this case with a twisty page turner that doesnt loosen it's grip once y
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Pauline
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
C L Taylor is one of my favourite authors and I was delighted to receive a copy of her latest book Sleep. I cold not put it down and read it over the weekend.
Anna is in a serious road accident with three of her work colleagues. There are fatalities and Anna feels responsible because she was driving. After she is released from hospital she decides that she can't go back to her job and takes a position in a hotel on the small Scottish island of Rum.
Anna was sure that she was being stalked and targ
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Gary
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another high quality psychological thriller by one of my favourite authors C.L. Taylor. I find her writing instantly entertaining and so difficult to put down once you start reading the opening page. This one was no different and shortly after starting reading it I was already re-planning my day in order to finish it, so you are warned.
The lead character, Anna is involved in a road accident and three of her work colleagues are left dead or seriously injured. Anna was driving and feels responsib
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Paula Sealey
A wonderfully plotted thriller that kept my mind working overtime trying to figure out who the culprit was; this is definitely one to read! With its remote island setting and cast of disparate and damaged characters all adding to the tense plot, I raced through the pages as the suspense increased and the well of suspects decreased, until just that final one remained! I think you'd be hard pressed to guess the ending before it arrives, well, I certainly couldn't, and this all added to my enjoymen ...more
Becca
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Sleep is the 6th psychological thriller CL Taylor has written. It is a stand alone. And it is awesome.

Cally put on Instagram that this was on NetGalley and I got super excited and high tailed it on over there. Only to find it had already gone to wish. Gutted! So I wished. And I was extra happy that I got approved for it the next day! 😊 Wahoo!

Sleep is about Anna, a young woman who is involved in a fatal car accident involving her and three colleagues. Two of her colleagues died in the crash and
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♛ Garima ♛
This happens very often that I found something of my liking from netgalley. Yes, it happens but like I said very often.

Story starts with very typical letter -
If you are reading this, I am already dead…..


I have lost count how many times I read thrillers which starts with that so as soon as I started reading, I put myself on high alert so that I would not be overly disappointed. Thank God, it has turned out as good as it could be.

As the story progresses, it becomes obvious that each guest is
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Sarah
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is a book I would definitely not recommend starting on an evening. Not only won’t you want to go to sleep, you won’t be able to pull yourself away from the book either!

There is no better setting than a secluded island for this genre of story. As lovely as it sounds, the fact that a doctor only visits once every two weeks and if there were ever any emergencies, you are totally cut off. You can’t even drive to the island! Alarm bells were starting to ring before the guests turn up! You really
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Shalini
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was delighted when Elke Desanghere from Avon Books UK pre-approved me to read this book. I have loved C. L. Taylor's books, and her stories generally twist my head in.

Sleep by C. L. Taylor started when the main character Anna loses sleep due to her guilt after a road traffic accident which kills two of her colleagues and paralyses the third. The same guilt forces her to take a job in a hotel in the isolated island of Rum, Scotland. 7 guests arrive, and one of them wants to kill her.

As promise
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Gary
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another high quality psychological thriller by one of my favourite authors C.L. Taylor. I find her writing instantly entertaining and so difficult to put down once you start reading the opening page. This one was no different and shortly after starting reading it I was already re-planning my day in order to finish it, so you are warned.
The lead character, Anna is involved in a road accident and three of her work colleagues are left dead or seriously injured. Anna was driving and feels responsib
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Adrian Dooley
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Hmm. I enjoyed some of this and some of it was a little tedious and bordering on silly. A mixed bag.

Anna is involved in a serious car accident. She survives but there are fatalities, and as the driver she is overcome with guilt.

When she is released from hospital and back home recouperating she has an unnervering feeling that she is being watched.
She can’t adjust back to normal life and wants to get away from it all. She takes a job in a small hotel on the island it Rum in Scotland to try and
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Donna Maguire
Review will be live on my blog and added to Amazon on 4th April 2019 - publication day!

I have read a few books by this author and she writes a fantastic story and an excellent psychological thriller so when I saw that she had a new release out, Sleep (this book), I knew it was definitely one I wanted to read – I prided myself in my self-control for this one as I resisted the temptation to dive right in the day it landed on my Kindle and I actually saved it to read on New Year’s Eve/Day – and I h
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Lisa-Marie Forge
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C L Taylor is one of my favourite authors ever.

This wasn’t her best book but it was very good. The first big twist came midway. I love a book that’s keeps you guessing!

I received this from netgalley
Evie Braithwaite
Anna Willis is drowning in guilt during the aftermath of a tragic road accident involving her work colleagues. The fatal incident leaves her plagued with insomnia, flashbacks keeping her up at night. If she does fall asleep, she soon wakes up screaming. What’s more, she has an unnerving feeling that she is being stalked and targeted. As a means of escape, she leaves her already broken relationship with Alex and starts fresh in the remote Scottish Island of Rum working in its only hotel. However, ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
As someone who struggles to sleep every single night, and as someone who is a big C L Taylor fan, this was a book I couldn’t wait to read.

FIRST LINE OF SLEEP BY C L TAYLOR

“If you are reading this, then I am no longer alive.”

MY THOUGHTS ON SLEEP BY C L TAYLOR

A page turner featuring complex characters, delving deep in to how guilt can affect your life. I thought this a little difficult to get Into at the start, because there are so many characters to get to know.

But my persistence paid off, as th
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Trish at Between My Lines
A page turner featuring complex characters, delving deep in to how guilt can affect your life. I thought this a little difficult to get Into at the start, because there are so many characters to get to know.

But my persistence paid off, as the plot is tense, terrifying and terrific! If you have problems sleeping, this book will fill those restless hours for you. And if you can nod off easily, this book might change that, as you’ll want to keep reading till you unravel everything.

I loved the deso
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Kate
Undoubtedly tense and claustrophobic, as you'd hope for with a murder mystery set in a small hotel on a Scottish island during a storm, but the story itself didn't particularly grab me or feel especially original. Crammed full of red herrings and with a last page that I didn't care for, it all feels a little overworked. Nevertheless, it is gripping and I did stay up late into the night with it. 2.5 stars rounded up to three. Review to follow closer to publication on For Winter Nights.
Thebooktrail
I love a good story about a remote hotel on a very very remote island

Just remind me never to go on a writing retreat with Cally Taylor in the future! haha this was spookily good and it started to rain quite heavy as I was reading it which really made me nervous.

The island of Rum is very real and I remember it from a nice summer's day outing. Not any more! the images of it here will more than stay with me.

Anna in the story is running from trouble and a mysterious stalker but ends up finding that
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Margaret Madden
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Wendy
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another electrifying read from this author. It rattled my nerves and tore my own 'sleep' to tatters – the thought of setting it aside to finish it the next day was just NOT going to happen!

Many reasons kept me reading straight through ‘til the early hours: narration that captures the growing unease of strangers, who are unexpectedly thrown together in a ‘wish you weren’t here’ kind of way, is just one. As the friction of their personalities rub together it slowly exposes their secrets until
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Becca
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna Willis is involved in a fatal car accident involving her work colleagues. She escapes with minor injuries, but the psychological impact is lasting and her inability to sleep well affects her hugely. Ending her already failing relationship with Alex, and receiving a couple of strange sleep-related notes, she decides to start fresh and move to the Isle of Rum. Getting a job at the Bay View Hotel she hopes to get away from her past and finally get some sleep, but is one of the guests, with all ...more
Katherine Sunderland
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
As always, C L Taylor can be relied on for a gripping, chilling, psychological page turner. This new book excels itself with a multilayered plot and characters with depth so that the chills become more haunting and sinister. Not only does Taylor deliver a first class contemporary thriller, she effortlessly captures echoes of Christie and King with the use of a 'closed room' mystery and the claustrophobic atmosphere of the people trapped on the island. This guarantees a whole week of sleepless ni ...more
D.J.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly absorbing (I nearly missed my train station because I was so immersed in this story) and edge-of-your-seat action. I had no idea who 'did it' until very near the end of the book and I am tempted to go back and read it again to see if I can pick up anything I missed the first time round. You wont be able to relax until you've finished the story...and maybe not even then.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair review.
Giedre
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved C. L. Taylor earlier books and was over the moon to receive pre-release copy from publisher. Unfortunately, this book (alongside Taylor's other newer releases) just lacks something. Book feels too long and gloomy and lacking in suspense. I kind of felt trapped in that hotel and couldn't wait for the book to finish so I could escape. I am sorry but this book is so so for me...
gem
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sleep is a brilliant thriller which held my attention from the outset through to the very last sentence!

When Anna survives a car crash in which two of her co-workers are killed, and one is left with life changing injuries, she is wracked with guilt at having been driving. She blames herself and this guilt and grief torments her, & she becomes plagued with night terrors and insomnia.
Deciding upon a fresh start working in a hotel in a sparsely populated and remote island off the coast of Scotl
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Jennifer (JC-S)
‘If you’re reading this then I am no longer alive.’

‘Someone has been stalking me for the last three months and, if I am dead, it wasn’t an accident.’

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 a
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Becca
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna Willis is involved in a fatal car accident involving her work colleagues. She escapes with minor injuries, but the psychological impact is lasting and her inability to sleep well affects her hugely. Ending her already failing relationship with Alex, and receiving a couple of strange sleep-related notes, she decides to start fresh and move to the Isle of Rum. Getting a job at the Bay View Hotel she hopes to get away from her past and finally get some sleep, but is one of the guests, with all ...more
Mary Lou
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Suffering from stress in the wake of a serious car accident, marketing manager Anna turns her back on her London job and her boyfriend and takes on a role of Girl Friday in a hotel on the remote island of Rum in The Hebrides.
But relief is short-lived. Anna and a handful of guests are cut-off in the hotel by a storm, and it soon becomes clear that someone is out to get vengeance for the injuries they believe Anna caused.
There are times when it seems you have had a run of books which you haven’t e
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Kat
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this book just ticked all the boxes for me it was just a brilliant read from start to finish. It felt very like a modern take on the classic style of Agatha Christie, a real “who done it” with a whole lot more besides and I absolutely loved it. Set mainly on the remote Scottish island of Rum amidst harsh weather and beautiful scenery Anna tries to escape her past but has it followed her there !! This book has suspense, menace and a damn good plot line I just couldn’t put it down and found m ...more
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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 Tale ...more
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