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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 four gripping psychological thrillers: THE ACCIDENT, THE LIE, THE MISSING and THE ESCAPE. 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 20 languages. THE ESCAPE won the Dead Good Books ‘Hidden Depths’ award for the Most Unreliable Narrator and THE LIE has been optioned for TV by The Forge who produced National Treasure featuring Robbie Coltrane.

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. She has also written a Young Adult thriller, THE TREATMENT, which will be published by HarperCollins HQ in October 2017.

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

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73 Responses to

  1. Emily says:

    I’ve read The Lie and it is hands down one of the best books I’ve read. Currently reading The Missing. Are you publishing any other books any time soon? Absolutely love your work

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi Emily, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying my books. If you haven’t already read my first book The Accident (Before I Wake in the U.S.) you still have that option. If you have my next book will be out on 6th April 2017. All the best, Cally.

  2. Bridgette Bruckshaw says:

    I have read all your books and been hooked on them from start to finish. I found the main characters easy to identify with, especially Missing as I have a teenage son. My favourite book is The Lie. I’m looking forward to your next book!

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thanks Bridgette, I’m so pleased you’ve enjoyed my books and that you can relate to the characters. That means a lot to me. I hope you enjoy the next one!

  3. Mikeanna King says:

    I read The Lie and it is by far the best book I’ve EVER read!! You really outdid yourself when you wrote that book. Thankyou so much for you work. I think I’m going to read The Accident next, and then The Missing. I haven’t read those yet.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thank you so much for getting in touch, Mikeanna. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed The Lie and that you’re going to read my other books as a result. I hope really you enjoy them. Cally

  4. Andy says:

    Hi Cally, I’m a 49 year old bloke who hasn’t read a book in 25 years. I have the attention span of a gold fish!! Thanks for “The Missing” . Fab stuff. May even try another now. Which would you recommend next?

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi Andy, I can relate to the attention span of a goldfish thing and I’m honoured that one of my books kept your attention! The Accident is similar to The Missing in that it’s about a family with secrets or you could try The Lie which is very different and gets progressively darker as it goes along!

  5. rsharma1982 says:

    Huge fan! All your books are gripping and I can’t wait for the next one….
    I recently finished The Missing which was full of surprises and tension. Really enjoyed it. Thank you. Please let us know what your next book is called and when it is out.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hello! Thanks so much for getting in touch. The next book is called THE ESCAPE and it will be published in the UK on 23rd March 2017. I also have a young adult book called THE TREATMENT which will be published in September 2017 (exact date to be finalised). All the best, Cally.

  6. Caroline says:

    I’ve never written to an author before but I was very moved by The Missing and liked that you ended it with your personal note and reasons for writing so thought I’d look at your website.
    Apart from being gripped by the story it spoke to me as I had bad times bringing up two teenage sons without fathers – and the continuing problems that gives right into adulthood. So it was great to read about a two parent family that was more dysfunctional than mine!! Made me feel better – and the jealousies and secrets were all so believable. Thank God I didn’t have the internet porn and social media to deal with – mine are in their thirties now.
    So thank you. I just picked up your book in a charity shop but now I shall buy your others and look forward to them.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hello Caroline, thank you so much for taking the time to get in touch. I really appreciate it. I’m so sorry to hear that you had such a tough time with your sons. Parenting boys alone must have been tremendously hard. I hope things are better for you now. All the best, Cally.

  7. Linda Mallandaine says:

    Hi Cally…just finished reading The Missing (Christmas present from my daughter!)…..loved it…couldn’t sleep…just had to keep on reading til the end! Looking forward to reading your other books now.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi, Linda. I’m so pleased you enjoyed The Missing. I approve of your daughter’s taste in Christmas presents!

  8. Maria Lee says:

    Love your books – The Lie was my favourite.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thanks Maria. If you loved The Lie hopefully you’ll enjoy my YA book THE TREATMENT which is out this autumn. It’s not about a cult but it is about a young girl getting caught up in a dangerous situation she needs to escape from.

  9. Louise says:

    As a none reader usually that wanted to start reading more often I started with the missing which I thought was great, then read the lie & then the accident loved them all & cant wait for your next one to be realised x

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Oh Louise, that’s wonderful. I’m touched and honoured that my books have got you reading more and I hope you enjoy The Escape. If you like crime short stories there’s a collection called ‘Dead Simple’, published by Quick Reads, that will be available for £1 at the beginning of February (featuring my story ‘Bird in a Cage’). Thanks so much for getting in touch. All the best, Cally.

  10. wallsoftor says:

    Hi
    I have read the lie and the missing and they were both amazing. Im currently waiting for the accident to arrive in the post. Both of these books are brilliant and gripping, I have reviewed them both on my word press website although Totally new to this so have no idea if the reviews do the book justice. I just didn’t want to give too much away. Just wondered what kind of e-learning you do? And do you find this helps?
    Thanks
    Tor

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi Tor, thanks so much for reading and reviewing my books. I used to work in eLearning – writing and developing courses and Masters degrees for private companies and universities. It was a very different skill to novel writing!

      • wallsoftor says:

        Hi thank you for your reply, that is very different to novel writing, what made you want to change? I’m glad you did your books are fab! Would love to write a book one day but my English writing skills aren’t 100%, wouldn’t really know where to start!

  11. Jane Davine says:

    I’ve just read the 3 books you have published through recommendation of a friend. After reading ‘The Lie’ – the one she recommended- I immediately bought the other 2; I couldn’t put my Kindle/phone down until I’d finished all 3 in quick succession!
    You are an amazing writer…Can’t wait until the next one to read in March (which I have pre-ordered 😊
    The only trouble is: I am stumped as what to read now; there is a void in my head 🤔

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thank you so much, Jane. I’m so pleased that you’ve enjoyed all my books. If you’re stuck for something else to read in the psychological thriller genre I hugely recommend books by Mark Edwards, Tammy Cohen, Clare Mackintosh, Paula Daly and Amanda Jennings. Enjoy!

  12. Gabrielle says:

    So excited for April 6th! I’ve even booked the day off work!!! The Missing was so capturing, I couldn’t put it down.. Continued reading whilst I ate, drank, ignored the phone. Brilliant!
    Love your work.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thanks Gabrielle! I hate to tell you this but the publication date for THE ESCAPE is now 23rd March! I hope you can move your day off!

  13. John Inston says:

    I have just finished reading The Missing and was often annoyed by it but just could not put it down. It seemed familiar in style, and then I realised that you had also written The Lie which I read about four months ago. Same again, irritated but compelled to read it. At the tender age of seventy I have taken up writing myself and have just self-published my first book on Amazon and am about a third of the way into my second. I never realised how fulfilling writing could be. Both of my books are bigger stories but lack your depth of characterisation. My characters move forward throughout the book, whereas yours, especially the main character, repeats the same emotions, actions and thought processes – which in real life is what we actually do. It is something I really need to work on and aim at a simple, more everyday situation and concentrate on interrelationships. But I rather think that might be difficult. Cormack McCarthy does it really well. And so do you. A pleasure (if that Is the right word) reading your work and I will order the next when it arrives.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hello John, lovely to hear from you. Firstly, congratulations on taking up writing. It’s never too late to start and I’m so pleased that you’re getting such pleasure from it. When I started writing I struggled with characterisation too. It’s very easy to create two dimensional characters who support the plot but don’t have any depth to them. These days I spend a lot of time thinking about my character’s back story – their past, why they are the way they are today, their fears, their dreams etc. If you pick up my next book, The Escape, I hope you find it as compelling as the two you’ve read (but less irritating!). All the best with your writing, Cally.

  14. Emily says:

    Dear Cally.
    I love your books so much. I am so close to finishing “the lie” and I can’t put it down. You are the best author and I can’t wait to buy the escape when it comes out. How do you write so brilliantly? I never used to read but I saw the cover of your books and I thought I would give it a go. Now I call myself a bookworm and I cannot stop reading your books. You are so inspirational and I wanted to say thank you. Even when I am eating dinner, on a phone call out I still bring your book. I had to go out a few hours ago for a friend’s meeting. I never like going so I always bring one of your books and so I am not bored. I am super ecited for your new book to come out and I know It will be as good as the other books you have written. Well done on producing some amazing books and keep up your talent.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hello Emily, what an amazing comment. I’m really touched by it. It’s the biggest compliment I could ever wish for that my books have turned you into a bookworm. That’s wonderful! I’ve been a bookworm since I was a child and I’d be lost without books. I really hope you enjoy The Escape. I think it’s my best book yet and I am very proud of it. I have also just finished a Young Adult thriller called The Treatment which should be out in September. Thank you so much for taking the time to get in touch with me. Your message has made my day.

  15. Dee says:

    Hi,
    I’m from Canada and when I was on vacation in Mexico i found and I read one of Your books and now I want to read more of them but it doesn’t seem like I can buy them in Canada. Do you know if they are available here?

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hello Dee, thanks for taking the time to get in touch. I’m thrilled that you’ve discovered my books. I just checked Amazon.ca and Before I Wake (The Accident in the UK) and The Lie are available. The Missing will be available on 7th November 2017 and, fingers crossed, The Escape at some point in the future. I hope that helps.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      P.S. If you are desperate to get hold of the other books The Book Depository offers free international shipping should you wish to order one of the UK paperbacks.

  16. Lorraine Reynolds says:

    Really enjoy you books and eagerly await each one. Both addictive and gripping.

  17. Sviatoslav says:

    So interesting a novel “The Lie” (in our russian translate was named “Sisters of lie”). Pretty unusual plot and characters, now in contemporary crime literature is a rarity/ I hope we will be posibility read your next books. Best regards!

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thank you. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the Russian translation of The Lie. I hope my Russian publisher will buy the translation rights for more of my books so you can enjoy them.

  18. Bonnie says:

    Hi Cally,
    I have just finished your 4th book, THE ESCAPE.
    WOW!!!! Another excellently written thriller. Your book, THE LIE, has drawn me into a new genre of books – psychological thriller; I can’t get enough of it.
    After reading The Lie, I bought The Accident and The Missing; now I have Book 4 to complete the collection. (Although at the moment book 1, 2 and 3 are out in circulation around my friends who’re enjoying them as much as I had).
    I have a 13yrs old daugther, I would like to know if your upcoming book THE TREATMENT would be suitable for her; as she’s struggling to find a book that grip her attention at the moment. She’s always been reading books that are on a higher reading age; however, without giving too much away, I would like to know if it’s appropriate for early teens? Tbh, I probably read it myself too. 😊
    Well done again for the release of THE ESCAPE, look forward to you next one.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi Bonnie, I’m so pleased you’re enjoying my books and your reaction to The Escape made me smile. Thank you! Yes, The Treatment should absolutely be suitable for your 13 year old. There’s no sex, minimal violence and mild swearing (shit, bloody) but lots of gripping heart in the mouth moments. It’s about a girl who rescues her brother from danger and learns about the importance of friendship at the same time. Do let me know what she thinks if she reads it. All the best, Cally.

      • C.L. Taylor says:

        Update: All the swearing has been taken out of The Treatment!

      • Bonnie says:

        Hi Cally,
        Thanks for the update, will definitely be buying THE TREATMENT for my daughter (maybe a stocking filler) and will b reading it myself.
        Keep up the good work and looking forward to you new bookS!
        Regards,
        Bonnie x

      • C.L. Taylor says:

        Thanks Bonnie, happy to read that!

  19. Michael wotton says:

    Just finished the escape, loved it, read it in one sitting, never done that before, thank you, will now buy your other books, good wishes Michael x

  20. Carol Griffiths says:

    Hi Cally.
    Have read all your books, your an amazing writer, you know how to grip people, i am 70 and have read all my life, and i do love a good book, and you tick that box.
    I intend to live at least another 20 / 30 yrs so could you please fill those years for me. NO PRESSURE, thankk you so very much and have joined your book club.
    Sent via my Husband.
    Regards Carol

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thank you Carol, your comment made me laugh. I hope you live for another 20-30 years and I get to keep writing books for at least that long! I’m so pleased you enjoy my books. That means a lot.

  21. Aimee says:

    Just finished the escape !

    One of the best books I’ve read in a long while ! I enjoyed it so much…. I must ask what ever happened to jo and Sean ! I can’t let go of not knowing 🙂 I can’t wait to read the other 3 books! What books was published April 6th 2017 ?

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thank you so much, Aimee. It wasn’t spelled out in my book but…

      * SPOILER ALERT *

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      I thought that Jo and Sean would get together once she had got over what happened with Max. The Escape was originally due to be published on 6th April 2017 but publication was brought forward to 23rd March. My next book is a YA thriller (also suitable for adults!) called The Treatment which will be published on 19th October this year. I hope you enjoy The Accident, The Lie and The Missing. Let me know what you think! And if you have a second to write a review of The Escape on Amazon or one of the other ebook sites I’d hugely appreciated it. All the best, Cally.

  22. Katherine says:

    Just finished reading The Escape and I couldn’t put it down! Looking forward to reading your other books now

  23. Kyle Taylor says:

    Wow! Im not a big reader, just finished reading the escape, i couldn’t put it down.
    Brilliant book! Looking forward to reading another.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thank you, Kyle. I’m so happy to read that. Thanks for taking the time to drop me a message. I really appreciate it. I hope you enjoy the other books.

  24. Angie says:

    Hi Cally,
    Am about to start The Escape, which my wonderful son bought for me. Have loved all your other books. Very gripping and thrilling books. Keep them coming. Will definitely be looking out for your future books xx

    Kind regards
    Angie

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hello Angie, how lovely of your son! I’m so pleased you enjoyed my books and I hope you enjoy The Escape. All the best, Cally

  25. Lorraine says:

    I have read all your books so far, enjoyed every one and they do get better, looking forward to your new book x

  26. Alisa says:

    Hello!
    I’m your huge fan from Russia,because you and your books are absolutely amazing!
    My favorite book is “The Missing” and I would like to recieve your permission to translate it into Russian and publish it on the website “Fanfiction book”. In the description of the work, I will necessarily indicate you as the author and also a link to this site.
    To be honest, I really hope for your permission, but if this isn’t possible, it’s okay! 🙂 Good luck with your brilliant works!

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hello Alisa, thanks so much for your comment. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed The Missing. I am flattered that you would like to translate the book but please don’t as hopefully my Russian publisher will buy the rights to do that and bring out a paperback and ebook. It takes me a long time to write my books and it’s how I make my living. If people access my books for free on the Internet I
      don’t make any money. And if I don’t make money I’ll have to stop writing and get a different job. Thank you for asking though, I appreciate your honesty when you could have just gone ahead and done it anyway. All the best, Cally

  27. Lynn Thom says:

    I read The Accident, The Lie, The Missing and The Escape in record time. I simply couldn’t put them down! Thank you.

  28. Christine Sargent says:

    I recently read The Accident and loved it. I’ve just finished The Missing and it was so real because I live in Knowle, shop in Broadwalk and drink at Charlies Bar! Perfect description of the area. You probably live round the corner from me and sometimes park out side my house! I know the park where Claire hid too! Thanks for your suggestions of other authors – I love psychological thrillers.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hi Christine, that made me laugh. We have almost definitely passed each other at some point as I’ve lived here for five years. So pleased that you enjoyed The Missing. The Escape is set in Bristol too although I don’t go into as much detail with the descriptions of the different places. Oh, and Redcatch Park features in my Young Adult book too!

  29. Reginald Gregory says:

    It isn’t easy for me to want to read any book non stop but i have read ‘The Lie’, ‘The Accident’. ‘The Missing’ and have just finished reading ‘The Escape’. I didn’t have a favourite author until now. I find your books gripping and never can guess where the story is leading. Amazing. I write short stories and poems for a group every Thursday. Could you tell me (apart from personal experiences) where you get your ideas from and how could i aspire to write my own stories which would make people reluctant to put down the book.
    Ironically my first name is Reg (not a lot of us left now) same as your father.

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Thank you Reg (great name!), that means a lot. Your question isn’t really one that I can answer briefly (I sometimes teach a workshop on how to write novels readers can’t put down) but I live by the Elmore Leonard quote ‘cut the parts that readers skip’. Keep description light, ensure every scene moves the action forward, make sure there’s lots of conflict, reveal new secrets and mysteries as the novel progresses, end chapters with cliffhangers. And my ideas? The Escape and the book I am writing now were inspired by news stories. All the best with your writing, Cally.

      • Reginald Gregory says:

        Thanks Cally for your reply. As you can see i did join the club in June but as yet have not received anything from your site. I know you are mega busy but at the moment i am out on a limb and do not know what to do to activate my account.
        Thank you for Elmore Leonard and your tips. Please excuse my ignorance, but who is Elmore Leonard and i imagine he has had books published.
        Enjoy the summer. May be you will see my work published in ‘Reader’s Digest’ or the ‘Beano’ one day.
        On a personal level i see that your reply was timed at 6.44 am. I thought that you would have a leisurely day now you are a well read author.

      • C.L. Taylor says:

        Please email callytaylor@hotmail.com and I will try to sort out yours sign up issues. All the best, Cally.

  30. Catherine Simmons says:

    Reading ‘ The Escape ‘ : can’t put it down. P126- re Max using Jo’s mental illness to get custody. Oh yes he would. An the rest. Anyway on p175 atm….:-)

  31. Reginald Gregory says:

    Whoops..i meant to ask about your workshop.

  32. Iwona says:

    ” Gdzie kończy się cisza ” REWELACJA 🙂

  33. Karina Kristensen says:

    Hi
    I just finished your book Missing, in danish it is called SAVNET and I absolute loved it. I have also read The Lie and I loved that one too. I really enjoy your books, i am excited for your next one.
    From
    Karina in Denmark

    • C.L. Taylor says:

      Hello Karina, thank you so much for taking the time to get in touch. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the Danish translations of The Lie and The Missing. Fingers crossed there will be more Danish translations of my books! All the best, Cally

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