How long can you fight sleep, what do you do when someone wants you to go to sleep and never wake up again?
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…
As the title suggests, the central theme of this novel is sleep, but there are other central themes too: guilt, loss, acceptance and moving forward. Taylor takes the reader on a journey through these emotions, not just through the main character, Anna, but through all the characters we meet. We get to explore these emotions in difference contexts, some more than others, and the impact they can have on people’s lives.
In this novel, the reader meets many damaged characters and this gives the story its emotional pull. One character, in particular, really makes you question first appearances, and how judgemental humanity can be, but also how hard it can be to reassess first impressions. Yes, this is a psychological thriller, but we all know, it’s the emotional attachment that gives these types of books heart.
Mostly set on a remote Scottish island, this ramps up the tension. There’s just something about an isolated setting that makes everything more intense – with the possibility of escape severely limited, you have no choice but to face your fears. Facing the elements always gives added danger because not only do the characters need to be wary of each other, they need to be extra wary of the weather because it is perhaps the most ruthless of them all!
In this genre, you’re anticipating being misled, and it’s always a plus, when one – you don’t see it coming, and two – it makes sense to the events occurring. Taylors ticks both boxes, which is why her books are always a success, and Sleep is no different.
Sleep is well-written, it’s not a fast tempo that gets your heart pumping, but the subject matter, the themes, which keep you turning pages. If you enjoy locked-room mysteries with remote settings, you should definitely give Sleep a read!
*My thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book*