Being chosen for Richard & Judy is a truly phenomenal achievement. Each title nominated is subject to a strict selection process, and those longlisted are read by Richard and Judy and a team of book industry experts, who then decide on six final titles to take forward. Other novels selected are The Familiars by Stacey Halls, Anthony Horowitz’s The Sentence is Death and Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer. Richard and Judy is the biggest Book Club in Britain.
Published by HarperCollins / Avon today, Sleep has sold over 12,000 copies in hardback, over 55,000 copies in ebook and reached No. 4 in the UK charts after its second week of hardback sales. To date, it has been shortlisted for the “best eBook” at the Capital Crime Amazon Publishing Awards, and was shortlisted for the “Book You Can’t Put Down” prize at the Dead Good Reader Awards.
Last month, it was announced that Sleep has been optioned for film by Bill Kenwright Films.
Sleep will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. It follows Anna, who takes a job on a remote Scottish island to escape the ghosts of her past…
Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…
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 eight guests join her, the life she’d dreamed of quickly becomes a 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 response to Sleep so far has been phenomenal:
“I raced through Sleep in less than a day. It’s chilling, wonderfully atmospheric, and with a knock out ending I can’t stop thinking about.” Paula Daly, author
“Bloody brilliant…head-rattling, just-one-more-chapter, dark and twisty, epic goodness.” Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
“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, bestselling author of The Widow
“Tricksy and twisty, with some masterful misdirection and a brisk pace” The Guardian
“Another cracking psychological thriller from CL Taylor. Sleep will keep you up all night.” Mark Edwards, author of Follow You Home
C.L. Taylor has sold more than 1 million copies of her novels overall, of which five have been Sunday Times bestsellers. Sleep is her sixth book. She lives in Bristol with her partner and son.