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Cally Taylor, popularly known as C. L. Taylor, is a British Sunday Times bestselling author of mystery, thriller, crime fiction, young adult and contemporary romance novels.

Born in Worcester, England, she graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Northumbria, before pursuing a career in instructional design and e-Learning.

Since leaving her work in 2014 to become a full-time writer, Cally has sold over a million copies of her books, which have been translated into more than 25 languages.

She currently lives in Bristol with her partner and their young son.

More about C. L. Taylor

Genres: Crime Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult

Born: 1973

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • Heaven Can Wait (2009)
  • Home for Christmas (2011)
  • Secrets and Rain (2013)
  • The Accident (2014)
  • 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)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Heaven Can Wait

On the verge of marrying her dream guy, Dan, Lucy couldn’t be happier.

Everything however changes when she breaks her neck and dies.

Determined not to leave the lover of her life, Lucy opts to become a ghost, rather than go to heaven and be separated from Dan.

But things are never that easy.

If she is to become a ghost, Lucy must complete an improbable assignment: find a girlfriend for quite rightly the most undesirable guy in England.

Will she help Archie, an IT, find love in less than twenty-one days?

How will she react when she discovers that Anna, her friend, is hitting on the lonely and shattered Dan?

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1409103233
Publisher: Orion
Home for Christmas

Beth Prince, a sucker for fairytales, is finally living her dream life.

She lives by the beach, works at a dilapidated cinema known as the Picturebox, and has a delightful boyfriend.

The only thing troubling her is the fact that none of her boyfriends have ever professed their love for her—and Aiden is no exception.

Enter the sinfully gorgeous Matt Jones.

The regional director of a multiplex cinema, Matt won’t rest until he acquires Picturebox. And he wants to do it by Christmas.

Will Beth hold onto her job, her man and her home? Or is this romcom about to escalate into a terrible movie?

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1409121589
Publisher: Orion
Secrets and Rain

This book is a collection of thirteen magical tales of passion, loss and hope by the award-winning author C.L Taylor.

Get yourself a drink, find somewhere comfortable and bring along a box of tissues because there will be tears.

Some of the tales in the collection include:
Little Box of Wishes
Two Red Balloons
Wish You Were Here
My Daughter the Deep Sea Diver
Under the Waves

This book also has the first three chapters of the psychological thriller, The Accident (2014).

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2013
The Accident

A beautiful family, an accomplished politician husband, and a stunning home; Susan Jackson seems to have it all.

Sue however finds herself questioning everything after Charlotte, her fifteen-year-old daughter, ends up in a coma after trying to take her own life.

What could have promoted Charlotte to jump in front of a bus? Desperate to uncover the truth, Sue ends up unearthing a terrifying secret in her daughter’s diary:

“Keeping this secret is killing me.”

And the more she endeavors to unravel the truth, the more she endangers her life?

Will she manage to uncover the truth and rescue her daughter from danger? Or will her quest lead the two of them to their demise?

NB: This book is also known as Before I Wake.

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1402294181
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
The Lie

Jane Hughes is living the dream life.

She has a great job at an animal sanctuary, a devoted partner, and lives in a lovely home in the Welsh countryside.

This is the happiest that she has ever been.

However, the only problem is that she is living a lie.

Jane Hughes isn’t a real person.

Five years ago, Jane and her closest friends went on a vacation.

But what should have been an unforgettable experience ended in tragedy following the death of two of the women.

A mysterious figure knows the truth about Jane’s past. And they won’t stop until she loses everything.

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0007544271
Publisher: Avon
The Missing

Claire Wilkinson is a woman filled with grief.

She has never forgotten the day that her teenage son, Billy Wilkinson, mysteriously vanished in the dead of night.

Actually, every member of Billy’s family feels responsible.

The only problem is that the Wilkinson family is used to hiding secrets.

Six months later, when a request for information goes south, the truth is unearthed.

Claire is not only certain that her son is alive, but she is also convinced that her family wasn’t responsible for Billy’s disappearance.

It is widely believed that a mother’s intuition can never go wrong.

But could this be an exception.

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0008118051
Publisher: Avon
The Escape

“Take care of your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”

When Jo Blackmore crosses paths with a stranger who asks for a ride, she obliges.

It however doesn’t take long before she regrets her decision.

The mysterious woman not only knows who Jo is, but she also knows Jo’s husband Max.

Even worse is that she has a glove belonging to Elise—Jo’s two-year-old daughter.

What started as a minor red flag soon turns into a deadly nightmare, as everyone—including Max—turns against Jo.

Nobody is willing to believe that Elise’s life is in danger.

There is only one way to ensure her safety: run!

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0008118075
Publisher: Harper Collins
The Treatment

Sixteen-year-old Drew Finch would love nothing more than to be alone.

The last thing she would want to do is spend time with her mom and her stepdad.

So when Mason, her problematic fifteen-year old brother, is thrown out of school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy, it comes as a huge relief to her.

Things however quickly change when Drew is stalked by the peculiar Dr Cobey, who insists he has a message from Mason.

Something isn’t right about the ‘treatment’ that Mason is being subjected to.

Will Drew rescue her brother before it’s too late?

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0008240561
Publisher: Harper Collins
The Fear

“Your first love doesn’t always let you go…”

When Lou Wandsworth took off to France with Mike Hughes, her teacher, she was convinced that he was the right man for her.

However, there was more to Mike than the guy she fell in love with.

And in the end, he left her with a hopeless life.

Presently aged thirty-two, Lou learns that Mike has turned his attention to teenager Chloe Meadows.

Unyielding in her resolve not to let another girl suffer the same fate, Lou returns home to face Mike.

But in her efforts to ensure justice is delivered, Lou could fall into his trap yet again.

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0008118099
Publisher: Harper Collins

Anna yearns to get some sleep.

Haunted by terrifying insomnia, frightening night episodes and recollections of that dreadful night, sleeping has become an impractical endeavor. Even worse is that she is consumed by guilt.

Desperate to run away from her past, Anna goes to work at a hotel on the distant Scottish isle of Rum.

What began as an escape however turns into her worst nightmare when Anna is joined by seven guests.

Although each of the guests harbors a secret, one amongst them isn’t revealing the truth about their real identity and their mission on the island.

A vicious killer is a resident at the Bay View hotel, with Anna being their target.

She may go to sleep and never wake up…

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0008354268
Publisher: Avon

Ursula, Gareth and Alice are complete strangers.

Ursula thinks she murdered the person who stole her heart.

Gareth has been receiving mysterious postcards.

Alice on the other hand is being targeted by a stalker.

Each of the three strangers is used to counting on themselves.

However, when their lives are suddenly entwined, the three will have no other option but to count on each other—for their lives depend on it.

Three people who have never met; two deadly secrets; one frightening evening.

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0008221058
Publisher: Harper Collins
The Island

 “This is one island where your most dreaded fears will come alive.”

It doesn’t get any better than six teenage friends spending an entire week on an isolated tropical island.

It was meant to be an unforgettable holiday, until their guide unexpectedly dies of a stroke.

Left stranded on a strange island, their memorable trip quickly escalates into an unending nightmare.

A mysterious figure on the island apparently knows the deepest fears of each of the teenagers.

And they will all come to life, one after the other.

A whole week in an island paradise: one terrible secret.

Will the teenagers survive their worst nightmares?

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0008240592
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Her Last Holiday

Fran’s sister, Jenna, mysteriously vanished while on a wellness retreat in Gozo.

Two years later, Tom Wade—the notorious figure responsible for the retreats—is set free having completed his sentence for the demise of two people.

Tom however never revealed what happened to Jenna—the third victim.

Set on uncovering the truth, Fran registers for the forthcoming Soul Shrink Retreat; something that brings her face-to-face with the man who could grant her closure.

But will she manage to get out of the retreat alive?

Or will some sinister figure ensure that what happened to Jenna is never exposed?

Author: C. L. Taylor
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0008379254
Publisher: Avon