No. 4 Sunday Times bestseller
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Published in ebook and hardback on 4th April 2019 and published in paperback on 5th September 2019.

‘Sleep by C.L. Taylor is everything we love in a thriller: creepy, tense and pacy enough to get your heart racing.’
Good Housekeeping

‘A gripping and thrilling read.’

‘I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this and especially the satisfyingly mouth drop twist at the end.
*Editor’s Pick* Woman’ s Way

My Weekly

‘Read this dark, compelling tale in one sitting.’
Woman & Home

‘Don’t expect to sleep until you finish it.’
Claire Frost, Fabulous magazine

‘There’s an element of Agatha Christie to this dark tale, with its isolated setting and tight-knit group of suspects.’

‘Such writers as Karin Slaughter have praised Taylor’s skills at producing claustrophobic tension, and it should be noted that such praise is appropriate here — Taylor is a dab hand at shredding the nerves of the receptive reader.’
Barry Forshaw on Sleep (Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide)


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.

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…


‘Bloody brilliant…head-rattling, just-one-more-chapter, dark and twisty, epic goodness.’
Joanna Cannon

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

‘Beware! Sleep does not do what it says on the tin… I was awake until the small hours under its dark and twisty spell.’
Fiona Barton

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

‘Another rollercoaster of a read from C.L. Taylor. Sleep is superbly twisty and claustrophobic. I was surprised to look up from the page and discover I *wasn’t* on the island too!’
Catherine Ryan Howard

‘Sleep kept me awake until the early hours as I was desperate to know who was responsible for Anna’s torment! Extremely creepy, atmospheric and twisty. I never guessed that ending!’
Claire Douglas

‘Another cracking psychological thriller from CL Taylor. Sleep will keep you up all night.’
Mark Edwards

‘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 (The Hunting Party)

‘I loved this book. It’s a real page turner and impossible to put down. You will lose sleep if you read this book, but it’s worth it!’
Alice Feeney (Sometimes I Lie)

‘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

‘Full of twists and impossible to put down, this is tense, claustrophobic storytelling at its best’
Rosie Walsh (New York Times bestseller, Ghosted aka The Man Who Didn’t Call)

‘A claustrophobic, tense and totally gripping mystery from an author at the top of her game.’
SJI Holliday

‘Deeply addictive, dark and so, so twisty.’
Lucy Clarke

‘Yet another brilliantly atmospheric page turner. One to curl up under the covers with.’ Michelle Frances (author of The Girlfriend)

‘Bursting with tension and endlessly twisty – what a read!’
Jill Mansell

‘A propulsive, twisty thriller with an ending you won’t see coming. C.L. Taylor does it again.’
Mel McGrath

‘A new Cally Taylor is always cause for excitement and SLEEP is another cracker.’
Cass Green

‘She does it every time. A dark and clever tale of twisted mind games. Totally absorbing and addictive. Loved it.’
Mel Sherratt

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

‘Claustrophobic and twisty in a terrifyingly remote setting.’
Gilly Macmillan.

‘Sleep is a brilliant, atmospheric psychological thriller which had me hooked from the very beginning. Another compelling read from this superb author.’
Jacqui Rose

‘C. L. Taylor gets better and better with each book. Dark, claustrophobic, gripping – everyone is going to be talking about this book.’
Claire Allan

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