C.L. Taylor


C.L. Taylor is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her psychological thrillers have sold over a million copies in the UK alone, been translated into over twenty languages and optioned for television. C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.


Taylor’s fourth psychological thriller, THE ESCAPE, was published in March 2017 and was a No. 2 Sunday Times bestseller.


Her debut YA novel, THE TREATMENT, will be published later this year by HarperCollins / HQ.

‘CL Taylor’s writing is like a lid being screwed down — tighter and tighter it gets, and you know at some point the drama will just explode.’
Jeremy Vine


‘Absorbing and disturbing. C.L. Taylor is an author who always keeps me guessing.’
Alex Marwood


C L Taylor is one of my must-have reads, because she always, always delivers the goods, but with The Fear she has excelled herself. An emotionally charged and gripping plot we can all relate to, cleverly woven around characters you love or love to hate, I read The Fear in two sittings. Smart, packing a punch to the heart, and dark in all the right places, The Fear has bestseller written all over it. A million dollar new story from a million selling author.

Sarah Pinborough
author of Behind Her Eyes

A tense heart-stopper! CL Taylor’s story-telling goes from strength to strength in this tense tale of revenge gone horribly wrong

My Weekly

This is her best book yet. A disturbing, and all too real story that tests your own morals as you quickly flick through the pages. Dark, claustrophobic realism – I was completely gripped.

Mel Sherratt

Dark, disturbing and addictive with great characters

B.A. Paris

A total corker! Twisted, unbearably tense and a shock ending.

C.J. Tudor
author of The Chalk Man

Dark and disturbing. This is a book I will remember for a long time.

Rachel Abbott

It’s a close call as the bar’s set so high but this has to be C.L. Taylor’s best yet. SO entertaining, high on the shock-factor and yet totally ‘real’.

Caz Frear
author of Sweet Little Lies

A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller, The Fear is as addictive as it is dark.

Lucy Clarke

Fans of C.L. Taylor are in for a treat. The Fear is her best yet.

Clare Mackintosh

The Fear is a compulsive read, that forces the reader to consider just how far they would go to protect themselves and those around them. I could not put this book down!

Emma Kavanagh

A skewering portrait of obsessive love and psychological manipulation, this book gets under the skin from the outset and won't let you go until you've gasped at THAT ending. With characters so real you feel you ought to text them and a plot that keeps you tearing through the pages, this is Taylor's best book yet.

C J Cooke

Such a fast-paced, gripping, tense thriller. My heart was in my mouth at the end. I think it's her best yet!

Claire Douglas

A terrifying glimpse into a dark subject. This brilliant book stayed with me long after I finished the last page.

Cass Green

Claustrophobic and compelling.

Karin Slaughter

I lost my entire weekend to it! What an absolutely cracking read...pacy, well written, and anxiety inducing.

Lisa Hall

Many thrillers claim to be compelling: The Fear absolutely is. Breathtakingly bold, shockingly tense, you won’t be able to tear yourself away from this book. It’s dark, emotionally-charged and filled with characters who will make you question everything you think you know about them. The Fear will delight C.L. Taylor’s fans and win her an army of new ones. What a book!

Miranda Dickinson

Tense, twisty, terrifying—with one of the best premises I’ve read in ages.

Julie Cohen

It was a thoroughly enjoyable read, a highly original and timely tale that kept me utterly enthralled and entertained from beginning to end.

Liz Nugent

Creepy, chilling and thrilling - The Treatment will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last sentence.

Tamsyn Murray
Author of Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

Suspense, suspicion and sinister secrets abound in this accomplished YA debut.

A truly heart-pounding page turner for young adults, with a brilliant climax.

New! Magazine

CL Taylor’s writing is like a lid being screwed down — tighter and tighter it gets, and you know at some point the drama will just explode.

Jeremy Vine

Dark, utterly gripping and had me ripping through the pages.

Jenny Blackhurst
author of How I Lost You

No one does broken families and friendships like Cally Taylor and her new one is no exception. The Missing is shot through with the poison of family secrets and lies (and ties).

Sarah Hilary
author of Someone Else’s Skin. Winner of the Theakston’s 2015 Crime Novel of the Year

Haunting and heart-stoppingly creepy, The Lie is a gripping roller coaster of suspense.

Sunday Express

Packed with twists and turns this brilliantly tense thriller will get your blood pumping.

Fabulous Magazine
The Sun

5/5 stars – Spine-chilling!

Woman Magazine

An excellent psychological thriller


The Lie felt to me like a Black Narcissus for the Facebook generation, a clever exploration of how petty jealousies and misunderstandings can unravel even the tightest of friendships. Claustrophobic, tense and thrilling, a thrill-ride of a novel that keeps you guessing.

Elizabeth Haynes

The Lie is absolutely brilliant – The Beach, only darker, more thrilling and more tense. It’s the story of a twisted, distorted friendship. It’s a compelling, addictive and wonderfully written tale. Can’t recommend it enough.

Louise Douglas

C.L Taylor delivers another compelling read that’ll keep you turning pages way too late into the night. Warning: may cause drowsiness the following day.

Tamar Cohen

Tense, menacing and utterly addictive, The Lie is a superbly crafted thriller.' I loved it!

Miranda Dickinson

A real page-turner, with two storylines: one of growing menace in the present, and a past narrative of a girls-only holiday that goes horrifically wrong. Creepy, horrifying and twisty. CL Taylor is extremely good at writing stories in which you have no idea which characters you can trust, and the result is intriguing and scary and extremely gripping.

Julie Cohen

A plot both brilliant and chilling; characters both appealing and dark and a terrifying climax to which you will race with your heart hammering in your chest. Masterful storytelling; a brilliant read. This dark, ingenious story will keep have you gripped from the first chapter. A brilliant reminder of the dark capacities of the human mind . . . A fantastic and thrilling read.

Lucy Robinson
Author of The Unfinished Symphony and The Day We Disappeared

An enjoyable rollercoaster of a suspense novel with multiple twists

Daily Mail

[A] gripping first novel … This psychological thriller will resonate long after the final page

Publisher's Weekly

This dark and creepy book is a must read

Fabulous Magazine
The Sun

[A] thrilling crime debut

Woman Magazine

An ominous atmosphere, a tense tale of past and present colliding, and a narrator whom no-one believes: this book is a delight

Alex Marwood