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Sleep

por C. L. Taylor

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'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 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. The million-copy bestseller is back in her darkest, twistiest book to date. Read it if you dare! Perfect for fans of Lesley Kara's The Rumour and Cara Hunter's DI Fawley Thrillers. What people are saying about SLEEP: 'Wow just wow!... I loved it' Karen's World'WOW!... Sleep!!! You wont get any if you start to read it in the evening! So be warned!!!' Reader review 'Superb... her books just keep getting better and better - this one was a belter!!' Donna's Book Blog'A cracking story... A heart in your mouth plot' Books from Dusk 'til Dawn'Extremely creepy, atmospheric and twisty.' CLAIRE DOUGLAS, author of Do Not Disturb'Sleep will keep you up all night.' MARK EDWARDS, author of The Retreat'As always, C L Taylor knocks it out of the park!' Reader review "Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None... a final killer twist that is as satisfying as it is unexpected" Mature Times"Everything we love in a thriller: creepy, tense and pacy enough to get your heart racing" Good Housekeeping'A perfectly written psychological thriller... filled with plot twist after plot twist... I was on the edge of my seat for every page.' 2016 and Beyond… (mais)
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Anna needs to get away after an event in her life. She takes a job in a remote hotel on the island of Rum, but things don't go so well.

I enjoyed this read. What the story had I enjoyed was the remote setting with the characters in an isolated situation. Of course the characters are going to be stranded in an Agatha Christie kind of way, it's a thriller.

The story plots along nicely with the tension building. All the characters have a secret but one more than others. When all is revealed I found the reasons why a little bit of a let down and was left feeling a little disappointed. I was waiting for a big twist and for me I didn't quite happen, although an unexpected twist did happen half way through.

I still enjoyed this book and its worthy of four stars. ( )
  tina1969 | Aug 21, 2020 |
Oh she's only gone and done it again! CL Taylor continues to write excellent books which result in my exclaiming that each one is her best book yet. Well I repeat myself gladly because Sleep is simply outstanding and most definitely her best one yet; I fail to see how this can be bettered. With a first sentence that may very well be the hook of the century, this book grabs the reader from the start and doesn't let go until the final page is turned.

Events in Anna's past result in her leaving her job and relocating to a remote Scottish island to work in a small hotel. Unfortunately, her memories travel with her so she continues to be haunted by her past. If Anna thinks past events were bad, she hasn't seen anything yet. When seven guests arrive at the hotel for a walking tour, they all have something to hide but one of them hasn't come for the walking tour; they've come for Anna. Like a game of Cluedo, the reader must gather the clues and work out who the killer is but good luck with that as it could be absolutely any one of them.

I loved delving into the psyche of each character; seeing what made them tick and unearthing their deepest darkest secrets. One of the guests is ahead of the game though; only letting us see a little part of the real person underneath, but they are so cleverly masked that I was completely thrown off the scent by CL Taylor's amazing art of deception.

With all the perfect ingredients for a gripping murder mystery, CL Taylor has crafted a superb whodunnit. Sleep is a completely addictive modern day murder mystery which the great Agatha Christie would have been proud to have written. I couldn't read Sleep fast enough and it's so very well named as I didn't want to put it down to catch up on my own sleep until I had devoured every single word.

Breathtaking, enthralling and almost too brilliant for words, Sleep is well deserving of every one of the five stars I don't hesitate in awarding it. A very highly recommended read and if you haven't discovered CL Taylor yet, make sure you put Sleep on your wishlist; you won't regret it but be prepared to be up all night reading!

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. ( )
  Michelle.Ryles | Mar 9, 2020 |
A tense and gripping whodunit that sits above the pack and set in the wilds of Scotland for lovers of Shari Lapena or A.J. Finn. A traumatised young woman seeks escape and takes a post in a wilderness hotel. A group of strangers arrive to stay and they are snowed in with no connection to the outside world - and that's when people start dying... Is her past catching up with her? Is the universe seeking atonement for her guilty conscience.
  DevilStateDan | Jan 25, 2020 |
Seven guests. Seven secrets. One killer. Do you dare to SLEEP?

The story follows Anna, who absorbed with guilt, has fled her old life to start anew in the Scottish Island of Rum, where she takes up a new job at the Bay View Hotel. But not everyone is who they say they are and someone has very different plans for her.

With extremely well written characters, C.L. Taylor will have you gripped from the very beginning with an edge-of-your-seat murder mystery. Ingeniously written with twists and turns to keep you guessing untill the very end.

I really enjoyed this book because it is not just your typical who-done-it. Even after reading, it leaves a thought provoking curiosity.

This is undoubtedly one of those books that you won't want to put down. ( )
  Bookworm842 | Oct 8, 2019 |
Consumed by guilt following a serious car crash, in which she was the driver but was the only one to escape serious injury, Anna is finding it hard to forgive herself for the accident. Her ongoing struggle is fuelled by the threatening notes she is receiving, these threaten retribution, even though an investigation has absolved her of all blame. Feeling emotionally unstable, and unable to sleep, her relationship with her partner eventually breaks down and she decides that she needs a complete change. Seeing an advertisement for the job as a receptionist at a small hotel on the Scottish island of Rum she thinks the remote location will not only offer safety from the threats on her life but will enable her to come to terms with what has happened. The story opens with letter from Anna starting “If you are reading this then I am no longer alive. Someone has been stalking me for the last three months and, if I’m dead, it wasn’t an accident…..” and then goes on to list the seven names of the guests who have booked into the hotel on a walking tour. Has one of them followed her to Scotland in order to seek revenge and murder her? As a fierce Atlantic storm relentlessly batters the island it isn’t long before the only way out of the hotel, via a ford across the river, is made impassable by flooding. With phone lines down and no Wi-Fi signal, the residents of the hotel have no means of communicating with the rest of the world and when strange, inexplicable things start happening, most of which seem targeted at Anna, fear and tension mount.
I felt immediately engaged with this psychological thriller and the relentless, well-executed build-up of tension meant that, once started, I could hardly bear to put it down. The individual backgrounds of each of the residents were gradually exposed, revealing a group of dysfunctional characters for Anna to become increasingly suspicious of. I felt sympathetic to her as a character and so found it very easy to become caught up in her fear, desperation and paranoia as she felt increasingly threatened and fearful. I was impressed by the way in which the author developed her main character, demonstrating very impressively the struggles she was experiencing between her feelings of guilt, her feeling that she deserved punishment for having escaped serious injury in the accident, her inability to accurately assess which of the residents was wanting to harm her and yet her desire to move forward with her life. Equally well-captured were the descriptions of the Scottish island scenery, the frightening power of the storm, and the insidious build-up of paranoia within a group of strangers when they are unable to escape one another.
However, the greatest strength of the novel for me came from the psychological credibility which under-pinned the story as the author explored the devastating effects a lack of sleep can have on the mental health of individuals, the wide range of different ways in which people deal with death, grief and mourning, and how unresolved anger and resentment can skew people’s decision-making as they try to come to terms with loss and sudden death. She very effectively captured the tendency we all have to judge people on a combination of appearances and our initial impressions of them, and then the struggle to let go of our prejudices, even when presented with evidence which challenges them! As a result of her keen observations, she evocatively conjured up the increasing tension within the group as they all struggled with being trapped in such a fraught situation, and as they alternated between suspecting others and being the one under suspicion. Although, with the exception of just a couple of last-minute twists, there were no great surprises in the plotting, this didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the story and I’d happily try another of this author’s novels.
With my thanks to the publisher and Readers First for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  linda.a. | Sep 25, 2019 |
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'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 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. The million-copy bestseller is back in her darkest, twistiest book to date. Read it if you dare! Perfect for fans of Lesley Kara's The Rumour and Cara Hunter's DI Fawley Thrillers. What people are saying about SLEEP: 'Wow just wow!... I loved it' Karen's World'WOW!... Sleep!!! You wont get any if you start to read it in the evening! So be warned!!!' Reader review 'Superb... her books just keep getting better and better - this one was a belter!!' Donna's Book Blog'A cracking story... A heart in your mouth plot' Books from Dusk 'til Dawn'Extremely creepy, atmospheric and twisty.' CLAIRE DOUGLAS, author of Do Not Disturb'Sleep will keep you up all night.' MARK EDWARDS, author of The Retreat'As always, C L Taylor knocks it out of the park!' Reader review "Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None... a final killer twist that is as satisfying as it is unexpected" Mature Times"Everything we love in a thriller: creepy, tense and pacy enough to get your heart racing" Good Housekeeping'A perfectly written psychological thriller... filled with plot twist after plot twist... I was on the edge of my seat for every page.' 2016 and Beyond

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