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Sleep – C. L. Taylor

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.

Review

I like C. L. Taylor. She does good, dark, disturbing, psychological thrillers.

Having read The Lie, The Missing and The Fear, when Sleep popped up on Netgalley I knew I had to have it. And have it I did! Huge thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, Avon, for my advance review copy. Sleep will be published on April 4th 2019.

When Anna is involved in a car crash that kills 2 of her colleagues and cripples another she is left with guilt that threatens to crush her. Then the prickling sensation on the back of her neck starts. Anna believes she’s being watched. When a note is left on her windscreen, she knows something isn’t right.

She flees her life in London and heads to the Scottish island of Rum to be general help at the only tourist accommodation on the island, The Bay View Hotel. When 7 guests arrive for a week long walking holiday, Anna is thrown in at the deep end, cooking, cleaning and playing host with her new boss, David. Then a storm hits. Floods, no phone, no WiFi, and with a hotel full of strangers, Anna doesn’t know who to trust.

I find Taylor’s novels so easy to read. Before I know it I’m nearly done and have no idea whodunnit. With enough red herrings to keep you on your toes but without leaving you feeling foolish, she’s an engaging and incredibly clever writer. She allows you to think you’ve got it then drops a little hint that makes you question the last 5 chapters.

Sleep is another great story… it raises the question of first impressions and what we all naturally assume about ‘the couple’, ‘the teenager’, ‘the lone woman’, ‘the loner’, ‘the older woman’ and ‘the single guy’.

Not sleep-inducing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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