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Close Your Eyes and: #Sleep by C.L. Taylor @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K

Are you ready to give up on sleep for Sleep???

I would like to thank Sabah and Avon Books UK for inviting me to be part of this amaizng blog tour.

Title: Sleep
Author: C.L. Taylor
Date of publication: 4 April 2019
Publisher: Avon Books UK
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 400
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and a half

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…


Oh my God. Now I understand the #TaylorEffect!

Last year, I read and reviewed The Fear, deeming it okay. I think the hype got to my head. Still I believed there was something about C.L. Taylor’s books. So many people talked about them, praised them, and devoured them. So okay, I got a miss. It didn’t prevent me from getting very excited when I received an email about Sleep. The blurb had my “good book coming” radar going crazy (what, you don’t have that radar?!) When I received my proof, I was over the moon, and not just because this title promised to accompany me during one of insomnia’s visits. Lies, secrets, guilt, all of those stuck on a remote Scottish island? YES please!

The first sentence was the perfect lure and before I knew it, I was wolfing down snack after snack, my eyes never leaving the pages, until the wee hours of the morning.

7 guests.
7 secrets.
1 killer.


I want to turn this into:
7 reasons.
1 reader.

Let me give you seven reasons why Sleep should be on your nightstand tonight.

This novel has the best first chapter I have ever read. You know something must have gone wrong. You are given names. Think Cluedo. I was at the starting line of a game. A deadly game. That’s when I decided I needed enough food and drink to not be disturbed for the next hours because I knew I wouldn’t put the book down.

The sense of place is both brilliant and suffocating. The author knows how to put you right in the middle of the action! I was in a car, I visited an empty flat, I moved to Scotland and felt the powerful wind slap my face and mess my hair. Even jumping from one point of view to another never made this atmospheric feeling disappear.

Taylor creates a terrific and captivating piece about one life-changing event and its aftermath. An accident changes Anna forever, sending her down a highway to hell. If ‘it’ hadn’t happened, so many lives would have taken different turns, and one killer might never have been caught. The thought scared me, although I wish our poor Anna didn’t have to go through so much for justice to be obtained. But there is something enthralling in watching someone struggle with their demons, only to find themselves trapped with other demons… Sleep is sitting on dominoes, and the author cleverly follows a thread from the first to the last, pushing them one after the other, offering light on something before plunging the reader in an even darker corner with another piece of information. What made this book so addictive for me was this feeling of actions and consequences. I couldn’t get enough, I needed to know everything that had happened to everyone involved. More than a simple quest for answers, Taylor nurtured my need to explore and understand what makes people behave the way they do.

It’s a Cally Taylor book, just READ IT.

Anna. Oh, what to say about this character? Riddled with guilt, she decides to leave her old life behind to settle in a magnificent but remote place. Run as you may, your shadow will always follow… Anna is easy to warm up to. Damaged by what she think she destroyed, her world has turned grey and you easily get into her mind. It’s like slipping your feet in familiar slippers. I could be an Anna. You too. Her emotions bubbling at the surface moved me and, as a queen of the Guilt feeling, I couldn’t help but wish I could reach out to her and save her from herself, and what’s coming after her…

The setting adds the perfect edge of isolation. Scotland is perfect if you need to escape the claustrophobia of your old self… or is it? I fell in love with the island of Rum. Tiny and wild, you can’t find a better place for a locked-in mystery. Only, choosing a point on a map isn’t enough. C.L. Taylor breathes life into the hotel, its surrounding, and its awful weather! I can swear I was there. You need a (scary) holiday? Pick your copy and jump on the ferry!

A tightly-weaved plot you won’t be able to let go of. Seven suspects. Small number, isn’t? Hahahahahahaha. I thought I would crack this one really fast, relying on my crime fiction lover superpowers. I had another thing coming. Everyone remained a suspect. I doubted each character at some point, EVEN ANNA! I wasn’t wrong to do so, actually, as Sleep plays with the notion of guilt, and there are no white doves in this novel…

In a nutshell, I loved this book, and you will too!

Are you convinced? If you are looking for suspense, you’ve come to the right place. A real ride for survival, Sleep is one of those books which haunt you, revealing the things we prefer to hide in our closets and locked drawers.
I dare you to Sleep!

Grab your copy today! Amazon

And don’t forget to take a look at all those fab posts about the book!!


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.

Her dark psychological thriller THE ACCIDENT was published in the UK by Avon HarperCollins in April 2014 and as BEFORE I WAKE in the US in June 2014 by Sourcebooks.

Her second psychological thriller THE LIE was published in the UK in April 2015. It became a Sunday Times bestseller and hit the #1 slots on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and Sainsbury ebooks. THE LIE was published in the U.S. by Sourcebooks.

CL’s third psychological thriller THE MISSING was published in April 2016 and was another Sunday Times and ebook bestseller. THE MISSING was published in the U.S. by William Morrow in 2017.

THE ESCAPE, her fourth psychological thriller, went to number 2 in the Sunday Times paperback chart in 2017 and won the Dead Good Books Most Unreliable Narrator award.

Her fifth psychological thriller THE FEAR was published on 22nd March 2018 in the UK and was another Sunday Times bestseller. It was longlisted in the National Book Awards crime/thriller category, shortlisted in the Dead Good Book Awards for ‘Most Recommended Read’ and in the ‘Page turner’ category in the Hearst Big Book Awards.

Her sixth psychological SLEEP was published in ebook and hardback in the UK on 21st March 2019 and will be released in paperback on 5th September 2019.


28 thoughts on “Close Your Eyes and: #Sleep by C.L. Taylor @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K”

  1. I liked this one a lot!
    So twisty, and Anna was a great main character.
    I kinda wanted to visit the island after reading this, but then again, maybe there’s a difference between “not so peopley” places and one where they have only 20 or something like that 😀


  2. Fantastic review my dear! You make me even more sad my paperback preorder still hasn’t been shipped… I might just give in and get a kindle version for now so I can read it ASAP. It sounds SO good! xx


  3. Excellent review, Meggy. I agree with everything you said about this one. Like you, I kept suspecting everyone and was surprised by the reveal. Glad you loved this one!


  4. This sounds like a fab book. I like books based in Scotland as long as the author has written it well. By your review it sounds like this was really well written. Books are just perfect when they escort you between their pages to the places and feelings of the characters.
    Great review, I like the structure you used too. Always nice to read reviews written with a difference.
    Amanda xx


  5. Awesome review! You have definitely convinced me. I love it when the setting plays a bit part in the atmosphere and tension of a book. I think C.L. Taylor is excellent at doing that! I’ve only read her first 3 books (plus her YA thriller), but I really love her work, so I definitely need to do some catching up on her more recent releases! But by the sounds of it, I should start with this one! 🙂 xxx


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