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 received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Sleep is a well constructed thriller and kept me guessing pretty well throughout. I liked the construct and the characters – it’s hard not to feel empathy with Anna’s guilt, and with her desire to change her life.
I also really enjoyed how the killer’s and Steve’s viewpoints intermingled with Anna’s. Especially Steve’s – his is very intentionally written. Having said that, despite feeling sorry for his loss, I felt that he wasn’t a very sympathetic character.
I really like how Cally structures her books, and how she keeps the suspense and the pace up.
My only real quibble with the book is a personal preference – I’m really not a big fan of a revenge plot. To say spoiler free I won’t comment on how it plays out, though I did enjoy parts of it. It just dragged the review down to 3.5 stars for me. Still a very enjoyable read though!
Buy Sleep from Amazon UK.