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…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Anna has many reasons for wanting to get away from her past but she simply can’t escape ‘herself’. There had been a terrible accident and two people she worked with had died and one was left paralysed and she couldn’t help but put blame on herself, although it wasn’t her fault. Someone else blamed her too, as she felt that she was being followed and strange messages kept appearing. Her unsympathetic partner jumped at the chance of a split when she announced that she had taken a new job way out on one of Scotland’s smallest and least populated Islands, Rum.
The owner of the small hotel where she was to work, the only hotel on the Island, was a lovely bloke, who like her had moved to the Island to escape life really after his partner had died on the main land. Anna was to help run the hotel, make guests welcome, clean the rooms, serve meals and attend the bar in the evening. When the seven guests arrive they are a varied bunch, each holding their own secrets but there was a bit of a cuckoo amongst them who had a much larger agenda in mind.
When a huge storm hits the Island, cutting them off from the mainland both by boat and any form of communication things really begin to go bump in the night. The Island retreat for Anna has now become a very small world that she cannot escape from. From being the new employee everyone is looking to her to know the answers and someone is winding everyone up. Since the accident Anna couldn’t sleep without waking from night terrors. Now she daren’t close her eyes, there is no-one she can trust.
This is a cracking story that just holds you from the very first chapter to the last page. All the characters on the Island have complicated pasts which come to light bit by bit, each one of them I had at one point or another thought as the person after Anna. It really is a heart in your mouth plot as she tries to delve into all of their lives to find her stalker before it is too late. The story also jumps back and forth to the main land with up dates about what is happening there too which had some pretty top quality red herrings to throw into the mix to make my pulse pound even more. Excellent stand alone story!
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
C.L. Taylor is the Sunday Times bestselling author of six gripping psychological thrillers. They are not a series and can be read in any order:
2014 – THE ACCIDENT
2015 – THE LIE
2016 – THE MISSING
2017 – THE ESCAPE
2018 – THE FEAR
2019 – SLEEP
She has also written a Young Adult thriller, THE TREATMENT, which was published by HarperCollins HQ and is currently writing her second, which will be published in June 2020.
C.L. Taylor’s books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into over 25 languages and optioned for TV. THE ESCAPE won the Dead Good Books ‘Hidden Depths’ award for the Most Unreliable Narrator. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the ‘Pageturner’ category.
Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK acltaylorauthor.com nd Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014. She lives in Bristol with her partner and young son.
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