Sleep - C.L. Taylor
Reading Challenge Category: Just really wanted to read it!
Seven guests. Seven secrets. One killer. Do you dare to 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.
Wow, I am reading some good books at the moment. I have really wanted to read this one for ages. It was one of the first books I requested on NetGalley but being new I was rejected. It was then paraded around everywhere, making me jealous that I hadn’t read it. It was getting rave reviews, and I can certainly see why! It had me hooked right from the start with the fast-paced movement through time and events. It started off with an absolutely tragic event and Anna needing to go to the opposite end of the country (literally) to get away from the guilt and pain that she is feeling and to try to start again with her life. When seven guests turn up at the hotel, she is now working at strange things start to happen. Anna soon realises that the problems that she ran from have followed her. The seven guests all have secrets, and at some point, throughout the book, I was suspecting each and every one of them. The author was very clever with her little tidbits that she would give you but then a couple of chapters later there would be a mini twist that would throw everything out of the water. The dire situation all the guest find themselves in, trapped on the island during a raging storm had my anxiety levels at a maximum. I felt trapped alongside of them, and this just really ramped the thriller angle up. Anna didn’t know who to trust, and I didn’t know who she should either. She really was alone in the middle of nowhere with potentially seven deadly sinners. There was twist after twist, and this book really kept me on the edge of my seat. Utterly brilliant and I’m glad I found the time, finally, to read it!