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C L Taylor

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A pseudonym used by Cally Taylor

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and been published by a variety of literary and womens magazines. Cally works in Higher Education and has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology. She also loves knitting, Dr Who, Sherlock, Great British Bake Off and Margaret Atwood and blames Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected for her love of a dark tale.

Genres: Mystery, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
   Before I Wake (2014)
     aka The Accident
   The Lie (2015)
   The Missing (2016)
   The Escape (2017)
   The Treatment (2017)
   The Fear (2018)
   Sleep (2019)
   Strangers (2020)
   The Island (2021)
   Her Last Holiday (2021)
   The Guilty Couple (2022)
C L Taylor recommends
Follow You Home (2015)
Mark Edwards
"Twisty, turny and downright creepy in places Mark Edwards has, yet again, produced an unputdownable psychological thriller. He is a master at creating a tangled web of secrets, lies and red herrings so cleverly constructed that I was kept guessing all the way through. Highly recommended."
Beneath the Surface (2016)
Heidi Perks
"An intriguing novel...with a dark mystery at its heart."
You Sent Me a Letter (2016)
Lucy Dawson
"Gripping...impossible to put down."
The Girl Who Had No Fear (2016)
(George McKenzie Crime Thriller, book 4)
Marnie Riches
"Fast-paced and enthralling."
I Know My Name (2017)
C J Cooke
"An atmospheric, mysterious and intense read that resonates long after you turn the last page. It's a stunning psychological thriller, rich with mystery and full of heart."
Last Seen (2017)
Lucy Clarke
"A thrilling page-turner."
The Night Visitor (2017)
Lucy Atkins
"Vivian Tester is one of the most vivid, memorable and menacing characters I’ve ever read . . . brilliant."
Trust Me (2017)
(Social Media Murders, book 3)
Angela Clarke
"Clever and unnerving."
The Companion (2017)
Sarah Dunnakey
"Utterly charming, wonderfully creepy and rich with mystery. The Companion is a rare treat."
Then She Was Gone (2017)
Lisa Jewell
"What begins as a story about the mother of a missing girl starting a new relationship as she comes terms with her grief morphs into a gripping, disturbing and utterly fascinating tale about what really happened to young Ellie Mack. I've been a Lisa Jewell fan for a long time and in this book, as in all her others, she deftly weaves a compelling plot with an emotional depth that leaves you gasping. In Then She Was Gone she has created a book that is dark and claustrophobic but also heartfelt and moving. Then She Was Gone packs a huge emotional punch that will leave you winded. I loved it."
The Deaths of December (2017)
Susi Holliday
"A cracking read. The perfect Christmas gift for crime fans."
The Chalk Man (2018)
C J Tudor
"Absolutely brilliant. I was enthralled from start to finish. I was expecting a creepy horror story that I'd have to read with all the lights on but this book is so much more than that - it's witty, insightful, clever, thoughtful, mysterious, gripping, nostalgic and utterly compelling. Publishers often talk about "an exciting new voice in fiction" and I genuinely think C. J. Tudor is going to be huge. This book has bestseller written all over it and if it doesn't go to number one I will eat my crime writing hat."
Her Name Was Rose (2018)
Claire Allan
"A powerful and emotional psychological thriller that will keep you guessing and leave you breathless."
Take Me In (2018)
Sabine Durrant
"An assured, confident psychological thriller that is rich with menace. The tension and suspense tighten their grip so subtly you'll be holding your breath by the end."
The Day of the Accident (2018)
Nuala Ellwood
"A stunning book. I was drawn in by Nuala Ellwood's hypnotic, haunting and elegant prose. Compelling, unsettling and powerful this is a book that will stay with me for a long time."
The Secrets You Hide (2018)
Kate Helm
"My debut of the year. Kate Helm is an exceptional story teller with a fresh, innovative, exciting approach to crime writing. The Secrets You Hide is gripping, pacy and utterly compelling. A must read! I can't wait to see what Kate writes next."
The Hunting Party (2018)
Lucy Foley
"A first rate murder mystery with a cast of well crafted characters, secret upon secret and a healthy dose of deceit. You won't look at your old friends in the same way when you read this book . . . Guaranteed to be a huge hit."
Someone We Know (2019)
Shari Lapeña
"A masterful whodunnit, perfectly paced and expertly plotted, that had me guessing all the way through. I loved it and couldn't put it down."
The Perfect Couple (2020)
Jackie Kabler
"An intriguing and gripping psychological thriller that keeps you guessing as you frantically turn the pages."
I am Dust (2020)
Louise Beech
"An atmospheric, haunting and beautifully written page-turner!."
The Wreckage (2020)
Robin Morgan-Bentley
"Immersive, compulsive and gripping."
Shiver (2021)
Allie Reynolds
"A deliciously dark locked room mystery about competitive snowboarders who find themselves stranded at the top of a snowy mountain. Throw in a dead woman, shameful secrets, years of resentment and someone out for revenge and you have an exciting, twisty page-turner that keeps you guessing all the way to the end."
Dead Man's Grave (2021)
(DS Max Craigie, book 1)
Neil Lancaster
"A thriller writer set to blow up the bestseller lists."
That Night (2021)
Gillian McAllister
"It's a rare book that outfoxes me but That Night kept me guessing and kept me fooled. Clever, pacy and so gripping that my heart raced."
56 Days (2021)
Catherine Ryan Howard
"Absolutely faultless ... 56 Days is crime-writing perfection and Catherine Ryan Howard is a seriously talented writer."
The Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill (2022)
C S Robertson
"Dark, twisted and compelling, you won't want Grace to clean your house . . ."
You Never Said Goodbye (2022)
Luca Veste
"Local Woman Missing meets The Fugitive, You Never Said Goodbye breathes new life into the psychological thriller genre with a captivating and gripping storyline that is part missing person mystery, part all out action thriller. A heart-in-mouth story that will pull at your heart strings and keep you on the edge of your seat, You Never Said Goodbye is everything I look for in an action thriller. I couldn't put it down."
The Last Party (2022)
(DC Morgan, book 1)
Clare Mackintosh
"Superb. A compelling murder mystery told with warmth, humour and enough red herrings to keep even the most seasoned crime reader guessing."

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