Sleep C.L. Taylor 


Sleep by C.L.Taylor

Paperback Published Avon 

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. 


I have read many books by C.L. Taylor, she is one author that I always keep a look out for her new book. I enjoyed Sleep, just like I have enjoyed all of C.L. Taylor’s books. 

This book Sleep certainly has one of the best twists, being as I didn’t guess the twists at the end. That’s why I enjoyed reading Sleep. 

The next reason I was hooked into Sleep, when it came apparent to me finding out why C.L. Taylor gave this page turner the title Sleep, but I won’t spill the question why the title is Sleep. 

What’s the story about? 

The main character Anna is traveling in her car with friends when a Lorry crashes into her car killing two passengers. I thought that this was going to be one of the most heartbreaking scenes I have read with Anna in hospital with her injuries and being told not all her friends survived. But little did I know death is following Anna and I was going to suffer more heartbreaking news. 

The best thing for Anna is to take a job in Bay View Hotel in the remote Scottish island of Rum. It’s the only hotel on the island. And with seven strangers that Anna books into the hotel, I’m afraid there is one killer. 

Don’t miss Sleep, everyone is talking about it. 

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She is a five times Sunday Times bestseller and her books have hit the number one spots on Amazon, Kobo, Audible, iBooks and Google Play. Cally has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology. 

Her dark psychological thriller THE ACCIDENT was published in the UK by Avon HarperCollins in April 2014 and as BEFORE I WAKE in the US in June 2014 by Sourcebooks.

Her second psychological thriller THE LIE was published in the UK in April 2015. It became a Sunday Times bestseller and hit the #1 slots on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and Sainsbury ebooks. THE LIE was published in the U.S. by Sourcebooks.

CL’s third psychological thriller THE MISSING was published in April 2016 and was another Sunday Times and ebook bestseller. THE MISSING was published in the U.S. by William Morrow in 2017.

THE ESCAPE, her fourth psychological thriller, went to number 2 in the Sunday Times paperback chart in 2017 and won the Dead Good Books Most Unreliable Narrator award.

Her fifth psychological thriller THE FEAR was published on 22nd March 2018 in the UK and was another Sunday Times bestseller. It was longlisted in the National Book Awards crime/thriller category, shortlisted in the Dead Good Book Awards for ‘Most Recommended Read’ and in the ‘Page turner’ category in the Hearst Big Book Awards. 

Her sixth psychological SLEEP was published in ebook and hardback in the UK on 21st March 2019 and hit number 4 in the hardback chart. It remained in the top ten for six weeks. Sleep will be published in paperback on 5th September 2019. 

Her seven psychological thriller (currently untitled) will be published on 22nd March 2020.

THE TREATMENT, her Young Adult thriller, was the fastest selling UK YA debut of 2017. Cally is currently writing her second YA thriller which will be published in the UK in June 2020.

Her international bestselling romantic comedies (written as Cally Taylor), HEAVEN CAN WAIT and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS were both published by Orion in the UK. They have been translated into 14 different languages, and her debut was voted ‘Debut Novel of the Year’ by and 

In 2014 HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a feature film by JumpStart Productions. 

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Hardback published by Black and White Publishing 5th September 2019

Cat Thomas relocates to Edinburgh, fleeing death threats related to her job as a fraud investigator in Florida. Her 18th century Dean Village flat is utterly idyllic except for one thing the devil upstairs.

Cat lies awake, delirious from lack of sleep, dreaming of ways in which to get rid of the utterly inconsiderate neighbour who keeps her awake every night with loud music and wild parties. Desperate for a solution, she joins a work friend at witches conclave and is blissfully surprised when the noise suddenly stops.

But when the devil upstairs is found dead and Cat’s seemingly perfect man arrives in his place, the problem she thought were solved come back to haunt her in new and unexpected ways. 


Cat a routine fraud investigator had sinister things happening to her, she was threatened by an organised crime syndicate where dead animals were left on her door step and her car was spray painted with warnings on. Once the guilty ones were sent to jail, Cat decided to move away to another country for her own safety. Cat moves away to Edinburgh. Tucked away and out of sight, everything seemed going splendidly in her new flat, until she has trouble with the devil upstairs. This story gave me the creeps that’s why I recommend it, after all there’s nothing like a suspenseful novel. 

About author Anthony O’Neill
Anthony O’Neill is the son of an Irish policeman and an Australian stenographer. 

He was born in Melbourne and lives in Edinburgh. 

He is the author of Scheherazade, a revisionist Arabian Nights epic; The Lamplighter, a psychological horror novel set in Victorian Scotland; The Empire of Eternity, a history-mystery involving Napoleon Bonaparte and the early years of Egyptology; The Unscratchables, a Swiftian satire featuring dog and cat detectives; and The Dark Side, a crime novel set on the far side of the moon.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.




Paperback published by Legend Press 1st September 2019 

Henry Morris is watching his wife slip away from him. In an ageist society, where euthanasia is encouraged as a patriotic act, dementia is no longer tolerated.

Kaitlyn, a young waitress, is desperate for the funds to keep her brother’s life support machine switched on.

When a chance encounter brings the two together, they embark on an unconventional business arrangement that will force them to confront their prejudices, as well as their deepest, darkest secrets.

What readers are saying about. NJ Crosskey

Crosskey is fast becoming the writer of our generation by Literary Elf

Overdrawn is flawless. It’s a compelling page-turner by author Laura Pearson 

Gripping, fast-moving and tightly plotted by Heather Child.


A dark look at the future of the healthcare system 

Very sad and a very emotional read, about aging and dementia . The few lines that broke my heart. I’m quite sure that many readers will want to read more of Overdrawn to find out what happens. These lines broke my heart.  Henry Morris is told  I’m afraid your wife’s diagnosis is indisputable. Mr Morris. The doctor smiled , too widely. Black news comes after flashes of white teeth. He sat down and opened the lime green tome of a file on the desk. I’ve been reviewing your wife’s case. In light of the information you gave my colleague over the phone , I think It’s safe to say her current dose of Hepraxin is no longer sufficient. Would you agree? 

This is a commercial novel, that appeals to fans of dystopian fiction and political thrillers. It’s a highly topical novel, inspired by the rise of racism and nationalism. If you like reading Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman  then Overdrawn is  the perfect read for you. 


NJ Crosskey lives with her husband and two children in Worthing, West Sussex. She worked in the care sector for almost 20 years and now is a full-time writer.

You can find NJ Crosskey at

Twitter @NJCrosskey



Illustrated by LIZ KAY

Hardback published by Walker 5th September 2019

Are you ready to go wild? 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to cycle to the South Pole?

Or kayak 2,00O miles down the Amazon? 

Or run an Ultra Marathon through the scorching Namib Desert ?

Be inspired by Helen Skeleton’s incredible adventures and discover how you can get outdoors and unleash your inner Wild Girl. 

Helen Skeleton is best known for presenting Blue Peter This book takes you through Helen ‘s incredible challenges. 

Adventures in the snow, adventures on the sand, adventures on water, adventures in the mountains, adventures in the countryside and adventures in the city. Helen has always liked being outdoors more than liked being indoors. 

The fantastic illustrations throughout this book are by Liz Kay. 

Please note that adult supervision is required as this book contains a number of dangerous activities which should be done under the supervision of an adult. I’m afraid this book wouldn’t be suitable for children aged less than 10 years. 

I really enjoyed reading about all the adventures that Helen Skeleton has achieved. I strongly recommend this amazing book Wild Girl. 

I would like to say a big thank you to Walker books for kindly sending me this hardback Wild Girl to read and review.




Julian Clary lives in a haunted house in Kent near where I live. I absolutely adore Julian Clary’s website. Please do take a look at it. 

The BOLDS Book Set 

Book 1. The Bolds

Book 2. The Book The Bolds To The Rescue  

Book 3. The Bolds On Holiday 

Book 4. The Bolds In Trouble.

What are the books about? 

Come and meet The Bolds. I just loved all of the stories with the beautiful funny illustrations by David Roberts. I highly recommend reading this beautiful box set or buying it for an amazing gift. I would like to thank Walker Books for arranging for me to be sent this wonderful gift set by talented Julian Clary.

Book 1. THE BOLDS 


Mr and Mrs Bold are just like you and me: they live in a nice house (in Teddington), they have jobs (like writing Christmas cracker jokes) and they love to have a bit of a giggle. One slight difference: they’re hyenas. Yes, that’s right – they’re covered in fur, have tails tucked into their trousers, and they really, really like to laugh.

So far, the Bolds have managed to keep things under wraps, even when their children Bobby and Betty were born. But the nosy man next door smells a rat (or a hyena), and a trip to the local wildlife park, and the brilliantly wacky heist that results, could be the end of Teddington’s best-kept secret. Whatever will the neighbours think? 



More wildly funny animal madness from dream team Julian Clary and David Roberts!
The Bolds are a family of hyenas living as humans in a suburban house. But now their kindness to animal waifs and strays has become legendary, and more and more animals keep turning up to stay! Roger the sheep flocks to their house, and Fifi the poodle turns up to learn some new tricks, whilst Sheila the crocodile decides to stay for a while.

But when the Bolds take in a couple of race horses who are on the run, they worry their animal magnetism is getting to be too much. Have these hyenas bitten off more than they can chew ?



Carry on camping with dream team Julian Clary and David Roberts! 

It’s the summer holidays, and the hairiest family in Teddington decide to take a well-earned holiday by the seaside. With their extended hyena family in tow, they head on down to Cornwall for a spot of camping. But it’s never long before trouble sniffs these hyenas out, and Bobby is mistaken for a pup and snatched by a wicked dognapper. 

The Bolds will need all their ingenuity to hunt her down and rescue all the pilfered pooches. But can these hyenas-in-disguise save the day, without letting the cat out of the bag…? 



This time, Teddington’s wildest family have decided to stay at home and keep their heads down – it isn’t always easy hiding tails and fur under clothes, and it’s important not to raise suspicion amongst their human neighbours. But trouble soon comes skulking when a very sly fox starts making a big nuisance of himself. It’s up to the Bolds to try and stop him – but the solution has them foxed.


Twitter @JulianClary

Julian Clary writes about Humour and Comedy, Gay and Lesbian and Children’s books

Julian Clary is an English comedian and novelist. Clary began appearing on television in the mid-1980s and became known for his deliberately stereotypical camp style. Since then he has also acted in films, television and stage productions, and was the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 10 in 2012.

Clary has released two large format comedy books: My Life With Fanny The Wonder Dog (1989) and How To Be A Man (1992).

Between 2005 and 2008, Clary wrote a fortnightly column for the New Statesman magazine. He has also published an autobiography, A Young Man’s Passage, which covers his life and career up to the 1993 “Norman Lamont incident” at the British Comedy Awards. In 2007, Clary released his first novel, Murder Most Fab, published by Ebury Press. His second novel, Devil in Disguise, was published in 2009. His first book for children, The Bolds, was published by Andersen Press in 2015. 



Alex Rider The Complete Missions 1-11 by Anthony Horowitz 

Paperback collection from Walker Books 

Full of Action, Adrenaline and adventure 

The 11 titles of books 














They told him his uncle died in an accident. He wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, they said. But when fourteen-year-old Alex finds his uncle’s windshield riddled with bullet holes, he knows it was no accident. What he doesn’t know yet is that his uncle was killed while on a top-secret mission. But he is about to, and once he does, there is no turning back. Finding himself in the middle of terrorists, Alex must outsmart the people who want him dead. The government has given him the technology, but only he can provide the courage. Should he fail, every child in England will be murdered in cold blood.

MI6 assigns Alex Rider, 14, undercover at an elite prep school for teen rebels after two fathers are assassinated. Principal Dr Grief and vicious cigar-smoking Mrs Stellenbosch are the only teachers. All the students act studious, perfect – and identical. When Alex finds the plot, the villains find him, and the mountain peak has only a black ski run escape.


Alex Rider has been through a lot for his fourteen years. He’s been shot at by international terrorists, chased down a mountainside on a makeshift snowboard, and has stood face-to-face with pure evil. Twice, young Alex has managed to save the world. And twice, he has almost been killed doing it. But now Alex faces something even more dangerous. The desperation of a man who has lost everything he cared for: his country and his only son. A man who just happens to have a nuclear weapon and a serious grudge against the free world. To see his beloved Russia once again be a dominant power, he will stop at nothing. Unless Alex can stop him first… Uniting forces with America’s own CIA for the first time, teen spy Alex Rider battles terror from the sun-baked beaches of Miami all the way to the barren ice fields of northernmost Russia. Come along for the thrilling ride of a lifetime. 


Sir Damian Cray is a philanthropist, peace activist, and the world’s most famous pop star. But still it’s not enough. He needs more if he is to save the world. Trouble is, only Alex Rider recognizes that it’s the world that needs saving from Sir Damian Cray. Underneath the luster of glamour and fame lies a twisted mind, ready to sacrifice the world for his beliefs. But in the past, Alex has always had the backing of the government. This time, he’s on his own. Can one teenager convince the world that the most popular man on earth is a madman bent on destruction-before time runs out? 


Alex Rider, teen spy, has always been told he is the spitting image of the father he never knew. But when Alex learns that his father may have been an assassin for the most lethal and powerful terrorist organization in the world, Scorpia, his world shatters. Now Scorpia wants Alex on their side, and Alex no longer has the strength to fight them. That is, until he learns of Scorpia’s latest plot: an operation known only as “Invisible Sword” that will result in the death of thousands of people. Can Alex prevent the slaughter, or will Scorpia prove once and for all that the terror will not be stopped


The sniper’s bullet nearly killed him. But Alex Rider managed to survive . . . just in time for more trouble to come his way. When kidnappers attempt to snatch a fellow patient from the exclusive hospital where Alex is recovering, he knows he has to stop him. But the boy he saves is no ordinary patient: He is the son of Nikolai Drevin, one of the richest men in the world. The eccentric billionaire has been targeted by Force Three, a group of eco-terrorists who claim his project Ark Angel—the first luxury hotel in outer space—is a danger to the environment. Soon Alex discovers that Force Three will stop at nothing to destroy Ark Angel, even if it means sending four hundred tons of molten glass and steel hurtling down to Earth and killing millions . . . unless Alex can stop them. 


No sooner has Alex splashed down off the coast of Australia than he finds himself sucked into another adventure. This time he’s working for ASIS – the Australian Secret Service – and his target is the criminal underworld of South-East Asia: the ruthless world of the Snakehead.


It’s just another day in the life of an average kid. If you’re Alex Rider, that is. A con artist has realized there is big money in charity: the bigger the disaster, the greater the money flow! So that is what he will produce: the biggest disaster known to man, all thanks to genetically modified corn that can release a virus so potent it can knock out an entire country in one windy day. But Alex Rider will face whatever it takes – gunfire, explosions, hand-to-hand combat with mercenaries – to bring down his most dangerous adversary yet.


Scorpia has dogged Alex Rider for most of his life. They killed his parents, they did their best to con Alex into turning traitor, and they just keep coming back with more power. Now the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization is playing with fire in the world’s most combustible land: the Middle East. No one knows Scorpia like Alex. And no one knows how best to get to Alex like Scorpia. Until now.


Alex Rider’s life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger.

When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex, ready or not, was thrust into the world of international espionage—the world’s only teenage spy. Alex vowed revenge against Yassen and the two have battled ever since. Yet, years ago, it was none other than Alex’s own father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become.

What makes us choose evil? Why did one boy choose to kill while another chose to risk his life to save others? In some ways, Alex Rider and Yassen Gregorovich are mirror images of each other. Yet the paths they traveled turned them into mortal enemies.


The world’s greatest teen spy is back in action in a thrilling new mission: destroy once and for all the terrorist organisation SCORPIA. Following the events of Scorpia Rising, Alex relocates to San Francisco as he slowly recovers from the tragic death of his best friend and caregiver, Jack Starbright, at the hands of terrorists working for SCORPIA.

With Jack gone, Alex feels lost and alone, but then, out of the blue, he receives a cryptic email, just three words long, but enough to make Alex believe that Jack may be alive. Armed with this shred of hope, Alex boards a flight bound for Egypt and embarks on a dubious quest to track Jack down.

Yet SCORPIA knows Alex’s weakness. And the question of whether Jack is alive soon takes a backseat to a chilling new terrorist plot – one that will determine the lives of many. From Egypt to France to Wales, from luxury yachts to abandoned coal mines, Alex traverses a minefield of dangers and cryptic clues as he fights to discover the truth.


I would like to thank Walker Books for sending me my favourite Alex Rider box set. 

I started off being a fan of Alex Rider after watching Stormbreaker on DVD. 

Alex Rider The Complete Missions 1-11 in paperback are published by Walker Books. This box set is absolutely beautiful. As all the paperbacks sit together in the box it spells out Alex Rider. I wanted to read the Alex Rider box set as I instantly became a fan of Alex rider after watching Stormbreaker on DVD. Although this box set is aimed at 9-12 year olds, I’m a young lady who just loves reading Alex rider, it’s not just the Action, adrenaline and adventure, for me personally I love the imagination that Anthony Horowitz writes. I must say a huge thank you to Walker Books for sending me my fantastic complete missions 1-11box set. This box set is a perfect gift for someone.

About author Anthony Horowitz
Twitter @AnthonyHorowitz

Anthony Horowitz books are Children’s Books, Mystery & Thrillers, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as “The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century.” (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recently event drama Collision, among his other television works he has written episodes for Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. Anthony became patron to East Anglia Children’s Hospices in 2009. 

On 19 January 2011, the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle announced that Horowitz was to be the writer of a new Sherlock Holmes novel, the first such effort to receive an official endorsement from them and to be entitled the House of Silk.


The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol 

Paperback published by Harper Collins 5th September 2019

Rebecca’s on-again-off-again boyfriend Ezra has gone missing, but when she notifies the police they seem surprisingly unconcerned. They suspect he has been playing the “stranger game,” a viral hit in which players start following others in real-life, as they might otherwise do on social media. As the game spreads, however, the rules begin to change, play grows more intense, and disappearances are reported across the country.

Curious about this popular new obsession, and hoping that she might be able to track down Ezra, Rebecca tries the game for herself. She also meets Carey, a player willing to take the game further than she imagined possible. As her relationship with Carey and involvement in the game deepen, she begins to uncover an unsettling subculture that has infiltrated the world around her. In playing the stranger game, what may lead her closer to finding Ezra may lead her further and further from the life she once lived.



The Stranger Game is extremely Clever, with an unstoppable reading unusual story line. 

I absolutely loved reading this thriller. Who can stop reading after the first sentence. THE FIRST TIME I FOLLOWED ANYONE WAS ON A SUNDAY afternoon in late November.

I totally recommend this book The Stranger game is a compulsive and inventive thriller, exploring a culture in which virtual followers are in opposition with human connections.

A compulsive, inventive thriller for fans of The Girl Before, Little Deaths and The Book of Mirrors.

About author Peter Gadol 

Peter Gadol is the author of seven novels including The Stranger Game, Silver Lake, Light at Dusk, and The Long Rain. His work has been translated for foreign editions and appeared in literary journals, including Story Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books. Peter Gadol lives in Los Angeles, where he is Chair and Professor of the MFA Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design. 

You can find author Peter Gadol

Twitter @petergadol