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 found this a really easy read and it was exactly what I was looking for when I bought it.
Sleep is a suspenseful thriller set in a similar setting to The Hunting Party; in the middle of the beautiful Scottish landscape on an island, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The descriptions of the surroundings are excellent and really atmospheric; I really felt like I was a part of it.
The plot is very clever and unique and more imaginative than a lot of other thrillers. Our protagonist is looking for an escape from a tragedy that occurred, but even escaping to a remote Scottish island doesn’t stop it from following her. There were times I found it could do with being a little more ‘sitting on the edge of your seat’ and it had potential for a little more suspense, but I still really enjoyed it. Taylor manages to hook you in from the get go and before you know it, you've read the whole book. I love finding myself in a book where time becomes irrelevant and you find yourself completely immersed in the world they are describing. Books are an escape for me and I love nothing more than getting completely lost in a story and its world and characters.
If you’re into thrillers, I would 100% recommend this book. You’ll fly through it and I honestly didn’t guess the end at all, which I loved it! I slightly preferred it to The Hunting Party. The characters had more depth to them and I just found the overall writing and story a bit better.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
“I thought, by coming here, that I’d leave what happened behind. But grief can’t be cast off like a jacket. It becomes part of you, an invisible film welded to your skin. Some days you feel it, some days you don’t, but it’s always there.”
Anna, my heart really went out to her. She was suffering immensely and I found we really went on that journey with her.