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.
What I Thought:
“If you’re reading this 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.”
I mean if that isn’t enough to get you hooked into a thriller, then what is?? C. L. Taylor continues her excellent run of form to produce a claustrophic and tense story filled with secrets and revenge.
In Sleep, our main character Anna is left reeling from a car accident and retreats to a secluded Scottish island to try and get some peace and – finally – a respite from her continuing insomnia. Unfortunately for her, one of the guests at the hotel in which she works wants her to sleep…forever. As a storm cuts the hotel off from escape and help, Anna realises that her problems are just beginning.
C. L. Taylor’s writing is so atmospheric and she manages to build a really heightened sense of claustrophobia as Anna discovers the many secrets her guests are hiding and suspects each in their turn of wishing her harm. The suspicion of each guest is very cleverly done and any one of them could be the evildoer. I like to pride myself on being a step ahead of the game when it comes to suspects, but C. L. Taylor is several steps ahead of all of us all the time – very sneaky!
As the book is divided into narration from several viewpoints, it’s easy to make your way through several chapters very quickly, without really realising it, but each adds more layers to the mystery and secrets are revealed at an excellent pace, leading to many ‘just one more chapter’ moments.
This is only the second of C. L. Taylor’s books that I’ve read, but she is definitely an author I will be catching up with…
Sleep is published by Avon Books.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.