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. Her 2019 novel, Sleep, was a Richard and Judy pick. C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.


Her debut YA novel, THE TREATMENT, was published in 2017 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



‘Immersive storytelling, ingenious plotting and characters who are so brilliantly realised that they leap off the page – Strangers might just be CL Taylor’s best yet. ‘

T.M. Logan

‘Clear your diary, you’re going nowhere til you’ve finished this. Impossible to predict, you’ll be sucked in from the first page. Wonderfully devious, clever cliffhangers and utterly addictive.’

John Marrs

‘It takes a very special skill to create three such diverse and credible characters each dealing with their own crises and manage to merge their stories in such a shocking, compelling and entertaining way. I thoroughly enjoyed every single page of it.’

Liz Nugent

‘Imbued with suspense and sharp twists, Strangers is a read-in-one sitting psychological thriller that grips and chills.’

Lucy Clarke

‘A masterclass in character… clear to see why she’s a million copy seller.’

Sarah Pinborough

‘‘I’ve read all of C.L. Taylor’s books but this is my favourite so far. With a cast of characters to root for, this masterfully woven story comes together in a thrilling and unexpected climax. I could not put it down.’

Fiona Cummins

‘Clever, surprising and nuanced – C.L. Taylor is at the top of her game.’

Gillian McAllister

‘CL Taylor weaves together three intriguing stories which appear to have no connection until they collide in a tense, exciting finale. Clever and unsettling, with a brilliant cast of characters.’

Rachel Abbott

‘A deep and dark tale of three individuals whose lives collide with such force, I’m sure I was holding my breath near to the end. Utterly sinister and compelling.’

Mel Sherratt

‘Great characters that you root for and a clever, complex and unpredictable plot that twisted and turned right up until the final page. An excellent read.’

Claire Douglas

‘She’s only gone and done it again…what a brilliant read Strangers is. Absolutely loved it! I foresee another massive hit!’

Cass Green

‘Her best yet. Expertly woven and so pacy my heart was banging at the end!’

Holly Seddon

‘This is REALLY good. Read it in a day.’

Jane Fallon

‘A great premise, gripping plot and a memorable cast of characters make Strangers a real page turner!’

Paul Burston

‘Stayed up to finish Strangers, unable to put it down. It’s her best one yet. A joy to read, full of living, breathing characters, a compelling plot, humour and a killer twist. Very very highly recommended.’

Mark Edwards

‘Brilliant characters and a jaw-dropping denouement. I swear I hardly breathed for the last 100 pages. This one is going to be HUGE in 2020.’

Claire Allan

‘I tore through it in two sittings of frenzied page-turning and afterwards my brain hurt from trying to work out before I end (I didn’t). Her best yet!’

Tammy Cohen

‘C.L. Taylor just gets better and better.’

Fiona Barton

‘It’s yet another big hit! Brilliant story with a cracking end and cast of fabulous characters. It’s a page-turning joy. I LOVED it.’

Amanda Jennings

I was glued from start to finish!

Shari Lapena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Claustrophobic and twisty in a terrifyingly remote setting.

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

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

Clare Douglas

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

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

Mark Edwards
author of Follow You Home

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

Mel McGrath

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

Tammy Cohen

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

Steve Cavanagh

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

Michelle Frances

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

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

Cass Green
author of Don’t You Cry

Deeply addictive, dark and so, so twisty.

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

Halfway through this - it's REALLY good.

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

The Fear is my first CL Taylor and will not be my last. Mike Hughes is a shudderingly convincing predator, his victims' stories sensitively portrayed. Dramatic, sickening, thrilling.

Louise Candlish

The result is an addictive page-turning read that I could not put down until I knew how it ended. All the while CL Taylor gives a disturbingly convincing and grim insight into how a predator like Mike works to fulfil and feed his darkest motivations.

Crime Review

Five Stars. Chilling, thrilling, relentlessly paced and fill of twists that will make you gasp, this novel will keep you guessing right until its brilliant, heart-thumping conclusion.

Heat Magazine

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

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