C.L. Taylor

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…

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 eight guests join her, the life she’d dreamed of quickly becomes a 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.



This super psychological thriller is reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, with potential victims and killers in every hotel bedroom. It will keep you guessing until the last pages – where the denouement comes with a final killer twist that is as satisfying as it is unexpected.

The Mature Times
The Mature Times

Tricksy and twisty, with some masterful misdirection and a brisk pace

The Guardian
The Guardian

C.L. Taylor not only offers a tightly written, thrilling plot but a very real element of suspense that makes the reader question every twist and turn.

My Weekly
My Weekly

creepy, tense and pacy enough to get your heart racing.

Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping

Bloody brilliant…head-rattling, just-one-more-chapter, dark and twisty, epic goodness.

Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon , author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Good luck trying to sleep once you start reading this book... it's an absolute rollercoaster of suspense and paranoia. I was hooked from the first page – C.L. Taylor has done it again!

Lucy Diamond
Lucy Diamond

A breathlessly gripping read — I could not put it down. C.L. Taylor brilliantly conjures an atmosphere of menace and creeping dread. A triumph

Lucy Foley
Lucy Foley

Full of twists and impossible to put down, this is tense, claustrophobic storytelling at its best

Rosie Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of Ghosted / The Man Who Didn’t Call
Rosie Walsh , New York Times bestselling author of Ghosted / The Man Who Didn’t Call

Claustrophobic and twisty in a terrifyingly remote setting.

Gilly Macmillan, author of The Perfect Girl
Gilly Macmillan , author of The Perfect Girl

Sleep is an edgy, page-turning, genuinely thrilling read. It grabs hold of you from the very first line and refuses to let go, but be warned: reading Sleep will ensure you won’t get any until you’ve read the final page, and for a long time after that.

Christian White, bestselling author of The Nowhere Child
Christian White , bestselling author of The Nowhere Child

Extremely creepy, atmospheric and twisty. I never guessed that ending!

Clare Douglas, author
Clare Douglas , author

Sleep is superbly twisty and claustrophobic – I was surprised to look up from the page and discover that I wasn’t on that island too! Great read.

Catherine Ryan Howard, author of The Liar's Girl
Catherine Ryan Howard , author of The Liar's Girl

Another cracking psychological thriller from CL Taylor. Sleep will keep you up all night.

Mark Edwards, author of Follow You Home
Mark Edwards , author of Follow You Home

A propulsive, twisty thriller with an ending you won’t see coming.

Mel McGrath, author
Mel McGrath , author

Another masterclass in heart-in-mouth suspense. I raced to the end, suspecting everyone but still WAY off the mark.

Tammy Cohen, author
Tammy Cohen , author

A classic premise with a paranoid protagonist and juicy suspects. Thoroughly enjoyed this and raced to the end. Great book.

Steve Cavanagh, author
Steve Cavanagh , author

Yet another brilliantly atmospheric page-turner. One to curl up under the covers with

Michelle Frances, author of THE GIRLFRIEND
Michelle Frances , author of THE GIRLFRIEND

She does it every time. A dark and clever tale of twisted mind games. Totally absorbing and addictive. Loved it.

Mel Sherratt, author of Hush Hush
Mel Sherratt , author of Hush Hush

A new Cally Taylor is always cause for excitement and SLEEP is another cracker.

Cass Green, author of Don’t You Cry
Cass Green , author of Don’t You Cry

Deeply addictive, dark and so, so twisty.

Lucy Clarke, author of You Let Me In
Lucy Clarke , author of You Let Me In

A claustrophobic, tense and totally gripping mystery from an author at the top of her game.

SJI Holliday, author
SJI Holliday , author

Halfway through this - it's REALLY good.

Jane Fallon, bestselling author of FAKING FRIENDS
Jane Fallon , bestselling author of FAKING FRIENDS

I raced through Sleep in less than a day. It’s chilling, wonderfully atmospheric, and with a knock out ending I can’t stop thinking about.

Paula Daly, author
Paula Daly , author


Thriller / Suspense

UK Publication

HarperCollins / Avon, April 2019

US Publication

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