Good morning all! I am very pleased to be on the blog tour today for C. L. Taylor’s newest crime thriller, Sleep.
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…
Taylor’s newest mystery will take you to your darkest nightmares in Sleep! Hanging on Taylor’s every word, you will travel to a place where no one can be trusted, not even the friendliest of faces. Everyone has a secret. Everyone has a past. But not everyone will make it out alive.
The reader is immediately hit by a frightening revelation, but how did it all start? Taylor takes you back to how it all began, weaving a web of lies and secrets as she goes.
Sleep is written in various different perspectives depending on the character. The first-person narratives give an in-depth view of how others are perceived. Because of this, the reader is invited to take part in the mystery themselves and act as another set of eyes, glossing over the evidence. However, the reader is also kept at arms-length as the third-person narration gives a birds-eye view of the book leading the reader down rabbit holes and unable to calculate who to trust. This tense and enigmatic thriller will keep you guessing to the very end.
I have read all of Taylor’s other novels and have loved that, although that they are all in the same genre category, they all have an individual personality of their own which takes form early on in the plot. This time I felt Sleep was the typical classic noir crime brought into the contemporary. I loved the setting; a typical Agatha Christie-esque isolated place where murder and mayhem take place (it gave me serous And Then There Were None vibes!). Taylor’s daring novel has the charm of a classic piece, but instead of seeing it in the past, we are brought right into the story as if it could happen today. This means that the reader is even more invested within the story.
I thought the character development not only added to the intensity of the novel, but continuously kept me on my toes. I even thought I had figured it out at one point (and was feeling quite smug) and then BOOM! Plot twist! (This happened more than once). However, I was not disgruntled- what would be the point of a mystery novel if the mystery were easy to guess? Have no fear- Taylor is here! She will keep you guessing!
I was particularly intrigued by the level of detail and imagery condensed into such a thrilling novel. Taylor’s descriptive language not only sets the scene, but only adds to the tension of the story.
Whenever I hear that C. L. Taylor is going to publish another book, I just know it’s going to be amazing! I can’t get my hands on it quick enough! Any fans of contemporary crime writers will adore Taylor, and I recommend you start with Sleep. Old-fashioned crime fans will also take a fancy to this novel as it is impossible to put down! If you enjoy murder mysteries with added twists, intensities, and nail-biting revelations, this book is for you! And remember, things aren’t always as they seem.
How to get your hands on a copy as it is OUT NOW!
Thank you to Sabah Kahn for my place on the blog tour and my copy of Sleep! Thank you also to C. L. Taylor, Harper Collins, and Avon books.
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