Excellent news – C.L. Taylor‘s latest Young Adult offering, The Island (HarperCollins / HQis out today, providing a perfect dose of escapism to beat those January blues!

C.L. Taylor is a shining talent with an unbeatable catalogue, who has carved out an irreplaceable space in the thriller genre. She is a six times Sunday Times bestselling author of eight thrilling stand-alone psychological thrillers, and her books have sold in excess of a million copies, hitting number one spots on Amazon Kindle, Audible, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play. Her thriller Sleep was No. 2 on the Sunday Times bestseller list and it was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2019. Her books have been translated into over 25 languages and optioned for television.

At the close of last year, she was included in countless roundups for her top 10 Sunday Times bestseller, Strangers (HarperCollins / Avon), which sold over 100,000 copies across all formats even in the midst of a nationwide lockdown. And as though these accomplishments were not impressive enough, her previous YA thriller, The Treatmentwas the fastest selling YA debut of 2017.

The Island is a hair-raising YA thriller; its stunning revamped jacked was revealed back in November, and we’re sure it will have pride of place on many a bookshelf. C.L. recently gave a brilliant interview about The Island, which you can read in full here.

With a plot that will keep you tightly in its grip, the book follows an unassuming group of teenagers, who’s carefree plans for sun, sea and sand are quickly thwarted when they find themselves stranded:


Welcome to The Island.

Where your worst fears are about to come true…

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.

But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare.

Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re becoming a reality.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.

Who will make it off the island alive?


Early reviews have been loaded with praise  for Cally’s artful storytelling and engaging characters:

“The perfect ‘whodunnit’ story. Excitement, thrills and suspense throughout. The characters are really likeable and the ending was a shock!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

“I love all of Cally Taylor’s books, and I’m pleased to tell you her new offering, The Island does not disappoint. Whilst it’s a Young Adult novel is does not hold back on the creepy thriller jumps. I couldn’t guess what was going to happen next and who to trust.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

“Loved, loved, loved this! It is the first YA thriller of C.L. Taylor that I have read, I found it pacy, unputdownable; it had a good story line, characters you could relate to and an ending I never saw coming.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

 “The story just demanded my attention. The characters are well rounded and likable, you find yourself rooting for them and holding your breath as they fight against everything they are up against. Brilliant read.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

Once again, C.L. Taylor has delivered a rich and hypnotic story that will hold your attention until the very last page – so be sure to purchase your copy today.