Today marks the UK publication of Sleep by  C. L. Taylor (Avon / Harpercollins).

Having sold more than 1 million copies of her books to date, Sunday Times bestselling author C. L. Taylor knows a thing or two about thrilling her readers, and The Sleep continues this trend in explosive fashion.


Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.

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…


The book has already garnered some glowing reviews:

‘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

‘Another cracking psychological thriller from C.L. Taylor. Sleep will keep you up all night.’ Mark Edwards

‘Extremely creepy, atmospheric and twisty.’  Claire Douglas

‘Bloody brilliant…head-rattling, just-one-more-chapter, dark and twisty, epic goodness.’ Joanna Cannon

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 Daley

 ‘A propulsive, twisty thriller with an ending you won’t see coming’’ Mel McGrath

 ‘Extremely creepy, atmospheric and twisty. I never guessed that ending!’  Claire Douglas

 ‘Claustrophobic and twisty in a terrifyingly remote setting’  Gily Macmillan

C.L. Taylor has won awards across every one of her books including The Accident, The Missing and The Fear. These include winner of the Dead Good Books Reader Award 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, winner of the Hearst Big Book Award 2018 and Kobo Crime/Thriller Of The Year 2015 and 2016.

To date, C.L. Taylor’s books have been published in over twenty territories including Germany, Italy, Denmark, France and Portugal. Film & TV rights in The Escape have been optioned by Feel Films, the team behind the successful BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

She lives in Bristol with her partner and son.

To mark the publication of Sleep we interviewed C. L. Taylor about her inspirations and writing habits. You can read it here.