Sleep by CL Taylor is a gripping thriller that perfectly captures the paranoia of the main character.
I have reviewed books by CL Taylor before and I absolutely loved reading both The Fear and The Escape. With Sleep, CL Taylor proves again that she can create a claustrophobic, paranoid environment with the careful placement of words, masterful plot twists and strong character arcs.
Sleep by CL Taylor – Blurb
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…
Sleep by CL Taylor – Book Review
Although Sleep by CL Taylor is not my favourite book by her, it is a great thriller. The book starts off with Anna being in a deadly car accident. I struggled a bit with the start of the book. I found it dragged and lagged a bit before it started to pick up the pace. I found it hard to connect with the main character – with any character, in fact, which is something I had no problem with in her other books.
The setting of the story – the hotel in the middle of a heavy storm on an (almost) deserted Scottish Island, was very claustrophobic and it might be my favourite Taylor setting yet. However, as I said before, it was hard to almost ‘care’ about who would die just because most (if not all) of the guests were flawed in ways that it was hard to connect with them.
Truth be told, the story arcs of said characters were incredibly important and in a way those arcs and backstories also seemed to key in perfectly with the overall story which made the book all the more gritty and gripping.
The book was a real page-turner because you wanted to find out WHO the killer was – or in my case: if there actually was a killer in the first place. As touched upon earlier in the review: CL Taylor perfectly captures a feeling of absolute paranoia and with great plot twists and red herrings she really makes you question Anna’s sanity.
After the first real plot twist (I think this was about an hour or two into reading the book) the story picked up the pace and things started to happen in a more quick succession. This is where I got hooked and could not put down the book.
I loved Sleep and although I would not say it is CL Taylor’s best book so far, I did enjoy reading it!