C.L. Taylor – author of dark, gripping psychological thrillers

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‘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

C.L. Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of five gripping stand-alone psychological thrillers: THE ACCIDENT, THE LIE, THE MISSING, THE ESCAPE and THE FEAR. Her books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into over 25 languages. THE ESCAPE won the Dead Good Books ‘Hidden Depths’ award for the Most Unreliable Narrator. Her sixth psychological thriller, SLEEP, will be published in the UK on 21st March 2019.

She has also written a Young Adult thriller, THE TREATMENT, published by HarperCollins HQ and is currently writing her second.

Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK and Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014.

She started writing short stories in 2005 and was published widely in literary and women’s magazines. She also won several short story competitions. In 2009 and 2011 her romantic comedy novels (as Cally Taylor) were published by Orion and translated into fourteen languages. HEAVEN CAN WAIT was a bestseller in Hungary and China and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a feature film by JumpStart Productions. Whilst on maternity leave with her son Cally had an idea for a psychological thriller and turned to crime.

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son.

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176 Responses to C.L. Taylor – author of dark, gripping psychological thrillers

  1. Zarina says:

    I’ve read most of your books, I’ve never been so absorbed and captivated by each of your books. They have been unputdownable and addictive to read.
    Keep up the good work. I wish your the best for your future I’m sure you will write more engrossing stories.
    Thank you

  2. Wendy says:

    Thank you so much for making reading enjoyable and easy. As a busy working Mum, generally it’s so much easier to switch off in front of a tv at the end of the day. I was never the best at reading whilst growing up and I often find getting into a book a chore. Your books grip me from the first page and I can’t wait to pick them up. I read ‘The Accident’ in a day (which may be normal for other people, but a record for me. I actually continued reading it whilst walking, to pick up my car from its MOT, two villages away. I literally couldn’t put it down! Well done on your amazing creative writing skills and thank you again,

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thank you for taking the time to leave me a message, Wendy. I really appreciate it. I am honoured that you choose to read my books rather than watch tv as I totally understand that busy mum level of tiredness! I hope you continue to enjoy my books. All the best, Cally x

  3. Anna Reynolds says:

    Absolutely amazing books! I’m half way through ‘the fear’ and can’t put it down! You’re a superb author!

  4. Sally Luscombe says:

    Can’t wait to read The Lodger!just love your books,all such gripping reads!thankyou.

  5. Gail Bowler says:

    I have read all of your books and did I read somewhere you were bring out a new book this May? or was I just hoping you were so I could take it on holiday with me!!

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Sorry Gail, the next book is ‘Sleep’ and it’s not out until 10th January.

      • Gail Bowler says:

        Oh dear, what am I to do!! I will put the date in my diary so I don’t forget. Thank you for letting me know, can’t wait til January!

  6. Nik Plumley says:

    I’ve finally caught up, and finished all your books so far.
    I’ve loved every one of them so far.
    I am really looking forward to your next one.
    Keep them coming. Your writing is amazing. Thank you.

  7. BARRY Moon says:

    I’ve got all your books and very enjoyable it’s a skill trying to work out the physiology on how did it . Just got back reading in the last mth after mam died aged 94. The lie was hard going but got there in the end with missing very enjoyable but once the what app txt appeared I realised billy was in touch with [spoiler removed]. The fear reminder me off a real life case many yrs ago was that based on the story line. Did you base norton house in the treatment on Prudhoe Hospital as both in Northumberland as in the book the character Lacey is at drew school but then she turns up at norton house but how did she get sent there as nothing in book to say. But overall the books are excellent and page turners it’s hard to not sneak a look at the end so look forward to the next book.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi Barry, thanks so much for taking the time to get in touch. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Grief is so hard. Thank you for your kind words about my books, well done for guessing who dunnit in The Missing (I have hidden your spoiler in case it spoils another reader’s enjoyment). To answer your questions the hospital building in The Treatment was completely fictional but I based it on the derelict Barnes hospital near Manchester. Regarding Lacey, I didn’t mention why she ended up at Norton House but she was excluded from school (as a bully I’m sure she did something pretty awful). You are right, part of the inspiration for The Fear was the Jeremy Forrest case from a few years ago. I hope you continue to enjoy my books. All the best, Cally.

  8. Barbara Tresidder says:

    Have just finished reading my first book by you, “The Escape” and thoroughly enjoyed it. Shall definitely be reading more. However, was intrigued by the fact that you mentioned Malpas in Cheshire as I went to the senior school there and my sister lives there, so I know it well. It’s such an insignificant little place that I can’t help thinking you must know someone who either originated from there or who lives in the area?

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Barbara. So glad you enjoyed The Escape. I lived in Chester as a student twenty-odd years ago but never visited Malpas. I looked it up on Right Move though, to see if my character could afford a house there.

  9. Jess says:

    Just finished reading The Fear. Another brilliant read. I have read all of your books and I’m looking forward to the next one. Brilliant author.

  10. Rosie says:

    I have just finished reading The Fear. It was the first of your books that I have read and today I’m heading out to find some more! I live in Worcester and grew up in Malvern so recognised all the different references to the local area. I studied education studies at Worcester uni a few years ago and know of Wendy Messenger, who you mentioned in the book. I have also spent a lot of time in Priory park so I could really picture the final dramatic scene! Loved it! Keep up the great work xx

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi Rosie, wow, I had to grin when I read that you know Wendy Messenger. What are the chances?! I do hope the owners of Priory Park don’t hate me for setting that scene there! I am so glad you enjoyed The Fear. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a message. Cally.

  11. Savannah says:

    I had to find your website to write a comment. I’ve never read any of your books until recently when I purchased The Fear. It was amazing I couldn’t put it down. And the twist at the end, wow!! I’m purchasing more books on amazon now. Such a great author you deserve all the credit.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hello Savannah, lovely to hear from you. I am so glad you enjoyed The Fear. I hope you enjoy my other books as much. All the best, Cally.

  12. Karen Evans says:

    Just thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Fear’
    Thank you

  13. Michelle Ahmed says:

    Love love love your books. X

  14. Courtney Daws says:

    Started reading ‘The missing’ on holiday and could not put it down finished it in a day. Currently reading ‘the escape’ and can’t put it down either! Your books are honestly amazing, you are a very talented writer! Can not wait to read more of them!

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      What a lovely thing to say. Your message just gave me such a boost. Thanks for taking the time to leave me a message, Courtney.

  15. Julie Parkinson says:

    The Fear was chosen as our latest Book Club read. I couldn’t put it down and read it over two days (but only because I started reading it late in the day). I’ve already told the others how gripping it is. We’re meeting again in September so I’ll try to update you on the feedback. I’m looking forward to discussing the questions from the back of the book with the group, and of course the book in general. Rollocking good read!

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi Julie, lovely to hear from you. I’m thrilled that The Fear was chosen by your book club and that you enjoyed it so much. I hope it results in some lively discussion!

  16. Claire ingram says:

    Love all your books… Cant wait till the next one!

  17. Christine says:

    Loved the book fear. Absolutely gripping. Can you explain the ending please in the the Mavis chapter thanks

  18. Lisa sharman says:

    Glad to hear a new book is on the way. Just read the last 3 on holiday and have run out.
    Love that each of your books is so captivating and I don’t read as much as I should nowadays. Can’t put yours down.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thank you, Lisa. That’s a lovely thing to hear. So glad you enjoy my books and hope you’ll enjoy Sleep too!

  19. Kristina says:

    I’ve just finished The Treatment. What an amazing read, couldn’t put it down. Fab work xx

  20. Thomas says:

    Just getting into The Escape, so far so cool. I really love ALL of your books! Really amazing work, really. Keep it up 🙂

    Greetings from the Czech Republic!

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi Thomas! Lovely to hear from you. I am so glad you’re enjoying the Czech version of The Escape. I love my Czech publisher Domino – they have published all my books so far!

  21. Stephen Entwistle says:

    The escape was an amazing book which i totally loved.
    Found it hard reading at the end thromy tears but what a great read.
    Thank you 🙏

  22. Hazra Kaji says:

    Love reading your book the fear and the missing, couldn’t put them down, really had me gripped from page 1 .can’t wait to read the other books.

  23. Jenna says:

    Literally down to your last 3 books The Missing, The Fear and The Escape. I’ve never been so gribbed to books where I’ve sat up all night till early hours finishing Then off. It was the not knowing what happens that was bugging me. Can’t wait for more of your books. I’ve now got my friend hooked on your books. Keep up the good work.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi Jenna, your message made me smile. Thank you! So glad you are enjoying my books. Thanks so much for recommending them to your friends.

  24. Raymond Dobson says:

    Hello, having just read “The Fear”, I would just like to let you know the book is great. It kept me hooked and it made my break time during work a lot better. I’ll look forward to reading more of your books in the future.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi Raymond, thanks so much for taking the time to drop me a message. I am so glad you enjoyed The Fear and that it entertained you during your work breaks. That’s lovely to hear. All the best, Cally.

  25. I love your books and I’m looking forward to reading this article. I’ve saved it so I can read in peace.

  26. Mandy Edwards says:

    Hi, and thankyou for “The Fear”which I have just finished. I couldn’t put it down, and loved it. I will look forward to choosing another one of yours and look forward to The Lodger. 😀 Many thanks again!!

  27. Maureen Julian says:

    I’ve just finished reading The Fear – first book of yours that I’ve read. Wow, powerful stuff – how have I missed reading any of your books? Will now definitely be on the look out for your other books.

  28. Mandy Edwards says:

    OMG I am almost at the end of The Missing and have every member of the family and neighbours as suspects. After reading the Fear I also couldn’t put down, I knew I could not be without one of your books. They are AMAZING!!.. have already ordered The Lie and excited to know I have so many to catch up on. Thankyou so much and please don’t stop your fantastic writing😀

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Oh, what a lovely comment, Mandy. Thank you so much, you just made me smile. I am currently sitting in my study at 19:12 on a Sunday evening trying to hit my word count for today and your comment was a lovely boost!

  29. Hello, it’s been weeks since I subscribed to the book club but have not received the copy of The Lodge. I am in love with your writing! Keep those books coming!

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hello. Sorry to hear you haven’t received your confirmation email and link to download The Lodger. If you give me the email address you used to register I’ll look into it.

  30. Jo Byrne says:

    One thing I always look forward to at the end of the day is getting into bed with a really good book and believe me yours did not disappoint! I borrowed The Fear two days ago from the library thinking I had a week or so to enjoy it , and here I am finished it in 2 days , it was THAT GOOD ….now what ?🤔🙂 x

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Your message made me laugh, Jo. Thank you! I guess you need to go back to the library and get another of my books! All the best, Cally. P.S. Thanks for supporting your local library.

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