#BookReview Strangers by C.L Taylor #psychologicalthriller

Title: Strangers by C.L. Taylor

Date Published: 2nd April 2020

Publisher: Avon Books

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

The Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club author of Sleep returns with her most gripping book yet.

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.

Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.

And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

The million-copy bestseller returns with a gripping new novel that will keep you guessing until the end.

Review:

I want to thank Avon books for my copy of Strangers which I received for free in exchange for an honest review.

C.L. Taylor is one of my favourite authors, so when I hear she has a new book out, I’m always excited!

I’ve been sitting here for a few days writing, then deleting my review just trying to talk about this fantastic book!

The best way I can describe Strangers is it’s one of those books where you think you know what’s going to happen but you really don’t.

We follow three strangers, Alice, Ursula and Gareth, seeing how their separate lives intertwine in the most shocking of ways.

The storyline was expertly crafted, I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen throughout the story, it really kept me guessing!

Ursula was a stand out character for me. I felt so sorry for her and wanted the best for her.  She’s had a tough old time of it throughout her life and I can tell you C.L Taylor does not make it easy for her through this novel!

I have to be honest most of the story was utterly believable but there was the odd thing that I thought defied logic a little.

Strangers is an engrossing and tense novel that had me gripped from beginning to end.

About The Author:

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.

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.

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 went to number 2 in the Sunday Times paperback chart in 2017 and won the Dead Good Books Most Unreliable Narrator award.

THE FEAR was another Sunday Times bestseller. It was longlisted in the 2018 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.

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. It was a Richard and Judy autumn 2019 pick, won the ‘best ebook’ award in the Amazon Publishing Reader Awards and has been optioned for stage and screen by Bill Kenwright Films.

Her seven crime novel, STRANGERS, will be published on 2nd April 2020.

THE TREATMENT, her Young Adult thriller, was the fastest selling UK YA debut of 2017. Her second YA thriller THE ISLAND will be published in January 2021.

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 chicklitreviews.com and chicklitclub.com.

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

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Happy Publication Day! #Review Sleep by C.L. Taylor @AvonBooksUK @callytaylor

Title: Sleep by CL Taylor

Date Published: 4th April 2019

Publisher: Avon Books

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

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 million-copy bestseller is back in her darkest, twistiest book to date. Read it if you dare!

Review:

I received a copy of this from Avon Books via NetGalley.

Anna is running away from her past and the tragic accident that killed two of her colleagues and severely injured another. She thinks that taking a job on the remote island of Rum will help her come to terms with her guilt but some has followed her intent on harming her.

Now she’s trapped in a hotel with seven strangers as a terrible storm blows in with no way of escape. Can she survive?

I absolutely devoured this novel! CL Taylor is becoming one of those authors that I can pick up one of her books and know I’m going to enjoy it from beginning to end.

I love the way CL Taylor takes an ordinary person, some you could see in the street and puts them in extraordinary situations, pushing them to their limit. I really felt for Anna dealing with all the guilt, with an unsupportive boyfriend and a lot of people who blame her for the accident.

The island of Rum made for a really atmospheric and almost claustrophobic setting coupled with Anna’s paranoia made it such a tense and gripping read.

I don’t want to say too much more about the storyline, because I don’t want to give away spoilers, but boy was this a real tension packed read with an ending I didn’t see coming at all!

My only issue was the fact that the character happens to find a job on a remote island, by chance and in her first week a bad storm happens to roll in…a bit of coincidence but I think the author manages to get away with it.

Overall Sleep is fast paced and thrilling read that you just won’t want to put down.

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 ACCIDENTcally-taylor-109-800x533
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 and 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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