Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the blog tour for C.L. Taylor’s latest psychological thriller, ‘Sleep’! In this post, I’ll be giving you some information about the book, and also sharing a mini-review of the book with you. I’ll also be posting a full review of the book soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that! Thanks so much to Avon for the opportunity! Keep reading…
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…
About the Author.
C.L. Taylor is the author of six adult psychological thriller novels: ‘THE ACCIDENT’ (2014), ‘THE LIE’ (2015), ‘THE MISSING’ (2016), ‘THE ESCAPE’ (2017), ‘THE FEAR’ (2018) and ‘Sleep’ (3rd April 2019). She has also written a young adult thriller named ‘THE TREATMENT’ (2017). In the past, she has written various short stories and romantic comedy novels (as Cally Taylor). Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.
‘Sleep’ follows the life of protagonist Anna, who moves to the Scottish isle of Rum after experiencing a life-changing accident. She takes up a job in the isle’s hotel, and seven guests arrive to attend a walking tour. But strange things begin to happen, and it soon becomes clear that one of them is a killer…
I really enjoyed the complex narrative structure. The narrative is split into 3 parts and both the first-person and third-person perspectives of various characters are included. Anna is the main protagonist, but we also get to hear from many other characters. There are also diary entries from an unnamed narrator included. The novel begins before the accident, and then moves forwards in time to after the accident. The narrative is fairly complex but is still easy to follow.
There are many thriller elements incorporated in the novel, such as increasing tension and suspense, mystery surrounding who is the killer, red herrings, plot twists and more. It’s definitely more of a mystery-based, claustrophobic psychological thriller, with most events taking place in the same location (the hotel on the remote Scottish isle of Rum). The book motors onwards to a final shocking twist, which throws everything into turmoil.
There’s a final, action-packed end scene in which Anna must fight for her life. The ending was dramatic, twisty and shocking, and I was totally hooked. I was really satisfied with the ending, and felt that it tied everything together brilliantly.
This is a fantastic read, and I urge all of you who enjoy psychological thrillers to pick this up, particularly if you like mystery-based thrillers set in one location!
Happy reading 🙂