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‘A beautifully written edge-of-your-seat thriller that had me guessing right until the end.’ Dreda Say Mitchell A dark secret and a deadly score to settle... In 1997 teenager Sophie White and her three girlfriends decide they want to lose their innocence before summer is over. Roping in her childhood buddy Gareth and his mates, Sophie holds a party to get 'the deed' o ‘A beautifully written edge-of-your-seat thriller that had me guessing right until the end.’ Dreda Say Mitchell A dark secret and a deadly score to settle... In 1997 teenager Sophie White and her three girlfriends decide they want to lose their innocence before summer is over. Roping in her childhood buddy Gareth and his mates, Sophie holds a party to get 'the deed' over and done with, but the night doesn’t end as planned. Twenty years later, the group are brought back together when Gareth is killed in a car accident and Sophie begins receiving threatening messages. It seems the party wasn’t as innocent as everyone thought and now someone wants payback. A gripping, highly addictive game of cat and mouse where the past comes back with vengeance. Perfect for the fans of Kimberley Chambers, Emma Tallon and Jessie Keane. Praise for Gemma Rogers: 'A brilliant thriller from an exciting new voice. Stalker had me on the edge of my seat' Kerry Barnes 'An atmospheric, taut thriller which keeps you hooked from the first page. An exceptional debut.' Jacqui Rose What readers are saying about Payback: ' An excellent novel, full of believable characters and an entertaining plot' 'Superbly written, very pacy and just the right length' 'A well written gritty thriller from Gemma Rogers that races along at a good speed and with a surprise ending this really is' 'Another 5 star winner from Gemma Rogers.' 'It had drama, suspense, friendships, sadness and a whole lot of mystery.' 'This book had me hooked from the outset' 'Twisting and turning with thrill after chilling thrill' 'Gave me massive feelings of nostalgia with the flashbacks to 1997 and genuinely struggled to put it down. Please read this book!' 'Storyline draws you right in and I couldn’t stop reading. Needed to know how it ended but at the same time didn’t want it to end.'


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‘A beautifully written edge-of-your-seat thriller that had me guessing right until the end.’ Dreda Say Mitchell A dark secret and a deadly score to settle... In 1997 teenager Sophie White and her three girlfriends decide they want to lose their innocence before summer is over. Roping in her childhood buddy Gareth and his mates, Sophie holds a party to get 'the deed' o ‘A beautifully written edge-of-your-seat thriller that had me guessing right until the end.’ Dreda Say Mitchell A dark secret and a deadly score to settle... In 1997 teenager Sophie White and her three girlfriends decide they want to lose their innocence before summer is over. Roping in her childhood buddy Gareth and his mates, Sophie holds a party to get 'the deed' over and done with, but the night doesn’t end as planned. Twenty years later, the group are brought back together when Gareth is killed in a car accident and Sophie begins receiving threatening messages. It seems the party wasn’t as innocent as everyone thought and now someone wants payback. A gripping, highly addictive game of cat and mouse where the past comes back with vengeance. Perfect for the fans of Kimberley Chambers, Emma Tallon and Jessie Keane. Praise for Gemma Rogers: 'A brilliant thriller from an exciting new voice. Stalker had me on the edge of my seat' Kerry Barnes 'An atmospheric, taut thriller which keeps you hooked from the first page. An exceptional debut.' Jacqui Rose What readers are saying about Payback: ' An excellent novel, full of believable characters and an entertaining plot' 'Superbly written, very pacy and just the right length' 'A well written gritty thriller from Gemma Rogers that races along at a good speed and with a surprise ending this really is' 'Another 5 star winner from Gemma Rogers.' 'It had drama, suspense, friendships, sadness and a whole lot of mystery.' 'This book had me hooked from the outset' 'Twisting and turning with thrill after chilling thrill' 'Gave me massive feelings of nostalgia with the flashbacks to 1997 and genuinely struggled to put it down. Please read this book!' 'Storyline draws you right in and I couldn’t stop reading. Needed to know how it ended but at the same time didn’t want it to end.'

30 review for Payback

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dash fan

    5☆ A Twisty and Gripping Thriller, with an Engrossing and Gritty Plot. An Unputdownable Must Read! Payback is a Gripping, Engrossing and Taut Thriller that i devoured in two nights I struggled to put it down! Wow! What a Taut and Thrilling Read. It literally kept me on tender hooks the whole time! I loved how page by page it ramped up the tension until it became impossible to know who to trust. At times it was really chilling it felt almost like i was reading a psychological thriller. So many secrets 5☆ A Twisty and Gripping Thriller, with an Engrossing and Gritty Plot. An Unputdownable Must Read! Payback is a Gripping, Engrossing and Taut Thriller that i devoured in two nights I struggled to put it down! Wow! What a Taut and Thrilling Read. It literally kept me on tender hooks the whole time! I loved how page by page it ramped up the tension until it became impossible to know who to trust. At times it was really chilling it felt almost like i was reading a psychological thriller. So many secrets just when I thought I sussed things out another curve ball was thrown into the mix. I'm not going to discuss the plot in too much detail as the blurb pretty much tells you what you need to know. But don't be fooled! This story is so much more! Yes it's about a group of teenage friends who plan to lose their virginity together, not literally incase your picturing an orgy lol But something happens that night that no one is aware of. Someone is keeping dark secrets. Fast forward several years, the friends as you do, move on and drift apart. But the death of one of them brings them back in contact. As sinister things start to happen... Anonymous Cards with threats appear, a dead rat on the doorstep,.... just who is behind the threats and why? What happened that night? As Secrets have a way of slipping out and Truths are revealed the threats start escalating and so does the danger level. Can they find out who is behind the threats before someone else dies! This is my first book by Gemma Rogers and I'm so glad I discovered her book. I can't wait to read more. Her writing is gritty, pacy, easy to read, flows along seamlessly and the chapters are short and snappy just how I like them. The Characters are Perfectly Written and evoked the right emotions you expect from this genre. Some Characters I really liked, others not so much. Sophie the main character drove me insane at times but if I was being stalked I guess I might be irrational like her! What I did really enjoy was that the chapters were written in past and present, it was easy to follow and very relevant to the plot. It gave a nice build up as the reader gets to discover the lead up to how and why Sophie and her friends are being stalked. Which also helped to create that chilling atmospheric pressure that kept on building. I loved all the cleverly plotted twists and turns galore, I seriously thought I had things sussed then a cheeky curve ball I didn't see coming was thrown into the mix. It wasn't till nearly the end I worked it out. Which I appreciated as I don't like it when things are revealed too soon. If you love Twisty Thrillers that are gripping, a lil bit chilling and sinister at times, keep you guessing, have an Engrossing Plot, then Payback is the Must Read Book For You! Gemma Rogers is definitely going on my Authors to watch out for list! Thank you to Boldwood Books for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. My Review is also on my Blog Website :- https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2020/0...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you Boldwood Books and NetGalley for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Payback By: Gemma Rogers *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟 When you were in high school, did you have a core group of friends? Did you make pacts to do things that you now realize were actually reckless or really stupid? Told in past and present perspectives, we meet Sophie White and her friends in 1997 as they make a deal to all lose their innocence before their last year of school. Thank you Boldwood Books and NetGalley for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Payback By: Gemma Rogers *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟 When you were in high school, did you have a core group of friends? Did you make pacts to do things that you now realize were actually reckless or really stupid? Told in past and present perspectives, we meet Sophie White and her friends in 1997 as they make a deal to all lose their innocence before their last year of school. When all is said and done, one couple in this group will not discuss the true happenings of the fateful night when innocence was lost, but why they remain tight lipped is unknown. Then, we see Sophie White in present day. I won't give too much away, but recent strange and deadly events point to that night in Sophie's past. What really happened? As Sophie gets in touch with her friends from 1997, details begin to surface about the truth, and it's clear someone wants payback. The question is why and why now? Justice? Revenge? Regardless, the secrets held by the past have resurfaced to haunt those involved. This story is a thrilling and suspenseful read with twists and turns aplenty. I enjoyed the guessing game of who did what back then. Sophie is an interesting character with genuine flaws and characteristics. My overall impression of Payback is favorable, and I recommend it for fans of mystery, suspense and drama.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sophie is being stalked by someone from her past. She had made a pact with her friends twenty years ago. They thought it was a good idea to loose their virginity to each other on the same night. Her dad was an estate agent so Sophie takes the keys to an empty house. But Sophie lost touch with her friends, she was the only one who hadn't moved away. She eventually takes over her dads business when he retires. But things start happening that have links to the ight twenty years ago. The story goes Sophie is being stalked by someone from her past. She had made a pact with her friends twenty years ago. They thought it was a good idea to loose their virginity to each other on the same night. Her dad was an estate agent so Sophie takes the keys to an empty house. But Sophie lost touch with her friends, she was the only one who hadn't moved away. She eventually takes over her dads business when he retires. But things start happening that have links to the ight twenty years ago. The story goes back and forward in time from 1970 to the present day. Things start happening, the first eing someone getting killed in a road accident. This is a tense and gripping read with plenty of twists to keep you guessing. I did guess correctly where this story was going ut it did not spoil the book. I read this book in one sitting. This is my first read by the author but it wont be my last. I would like to thank NetGalley, Boldworld Books and the author Gemma Rogers for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelsie Maxwell

    Payback is a gripping new thriller by Gemma Rogers. As a teenager Sophie White organized a party for her and her friends to lose their virginity to their guy pals. Twenty years later, the group gathers after the death of one of the guys, Gareth. His car accident is followed by threatening notes being sent to Sophie. How did a pact made as teens lead to a campaign of harassment after twenty years? Someone wants vengeance, but who? Sophie is scared but determined to find the culprit. Payback is a Payback is a gripping new thriller by Gemma Rogers. As a teenager Sophie White organized a party for her and her friends to lose their virginity to their guy pals. Twenty years later, the group gathers after the death of one of the guys, Gareth. His car accident is followed by threatening notes being sent to Sophie. How did a pact made as teens lead to a campaign of harassment after twenty years? Someone wants vengeance, but who? Sophie is scared but determined to find the culprit. Payback is a real thriller, revealed through shifting timelines (1997/2018) from the perspective of the main character, Sophie. Flashbacks can be tricky and confusing but Ms Rogers handles them seamlessly with appropriate chapter headers. I was totally engrossed and didn’t want to put the book down. The characters are strong, vibrant and well-developed with complete backstories. The suspenseful plot kept me guessing, incorrectly, until the very end. I loved it and rate it 5 out of 5 stars. If you like thrillers, grab this one and prepare to be intrigued. My thanks to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pol

    Didnot want to put this book down, it kept me turning the pages just so I could read more, it didnot disappoint. What a brilliant book. First book I have read by this Author

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Handford

    Boring I skimmed through the pages as this story is really boring and weak characters and weak story. I do not recommend it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    Last year I read my first book by Gemma Rogers called Stalker so when I had the opportunity to read Payback I was so excited! It did not dissappoint! Set in dual time lines we follow Sophie. The first timeline is set in 1997 where Sophie and her teenage friends decide to make a pact to meet at a house her father is selling. The Pact to pair up together and lose their virginity before they finish highschool, no strings attached, no pregnancies, and no one tells anyone! Nothing could possibly go wr Last year I read my first book by Gemma Rogers called Stalker so when I had the opportunity to read Payback I was so excited! It did not dissappoint! Set in dual time lines we follow Sophie. The first timeline is set in 1997 where Sophie and her teenage friends decide to make a pact to meet at a house her father is selling. The Pact to pair up together and lose their virginity before they finish highschool, no strings attached, no pregnancies, and no one tells anyone! Nothing could possibly go wrong in this senerio right? Then 20 years later this group in brought back together when one of them dies in a car accident. Sophie starts to get strange messages and weird things start occuring to not only her but some of the others involved in that crazy night in 1997. Payback is a great thriller! I was hooked right from the start and devoured this as I just needed to find out both what unfolded in 1997, and who was behind the messages 20 years later. Definitely would recommend to my thriller loving friends!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie’s reads

    This is not only a terrific thriller it’s also a great nostalgic trip to the 90’s. Any book that has a dual timeline I normally favour one over the other, not the case here at all. The mention of Rimmel Heather Shimmer did bring a smile to my face, although it was late 80’s when I wore it being a decade older than Sophie the protagonist. I really liked Sophie and you don’t understand why she is being targeted. Yes she made some mistakes but what teenager doesn’t? But as it flicks back and forth y This is not only a terrific thriller it’s also a great nostalgic trip to the 90’s. Any book that has a dual timeline I normally favour one over the other, not the case here at all. The mention of Rimmel Heather Shimmer did bring a smile to my face, although it was late 80’s when I wore it being a decade older than Sophie the protagonist. I really liked Sophie and you don’t understand why she is being targeted. Yes she made some mistakes but what teenager doesn’t? But as it flicks back and forth you learn more of what happened that fateful night and more potential suspects come to the fore. I was guessing nearly everyone at some point. The pace is great right from the start but towards the end the tension mounts until the denouement when all is revealed. I did guess who was behind it all but in no way did it spoil my enjoyment. The only criticism I have strangely enough is the cover. I see this type of cover mostly on gangland thrillers and I personally would lose the woman.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Philomena Callan Cheekypee

    Payback is my first but definitely not my last read by this author as this was a great read. We get told the story from Sophie’s point of view..in the present and as her as a teenager. I couldn’t read this fast enough. What was happening? So many questions was going through my head. This is a well written story. Can’t wait to read more from this author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Bokma

    This was a fantastic follow up to the brilliant and suspenseful first novel of Gemma Rogers, Stalker. With Payback, I was hooked from the first pages and really enjoyed the plot and characters. I wasn't sure how the story was going to play out, I don't like when I read suspense and figure out what's going to happen halfway through! I want to be surprised and I was. I also like that the story doesn't fall flat- so often books lose steam towards the end. This was a solid novel and a definite must- This was a fantastic follow up to the brilliant and suspenseful first novel of Gemma Rogers, Stalker. With Payback, I was hooked from the first pages and really enjoyed the plot and characters. I wasn't sure how the story was going to play out, I don't like when I read suspense and figure out what's going to happen halfway through! I want to be surprised and I was. I also like that the story doesn't fall flat- so often books lose steam towards the end. This was a solid novel and a definite must-read for fans of thrillers/suspense.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I read, reviewed and absolutely loved Gemma's debut novel 'Stalker'. I have been impatiently waiting for her to release her second novel. Well ladies and gents, the wait is finally over because Gemma's second book 'Payback' was released on 9th January 2020. Gemma has done it again and she has written one hell of a fantastic read, which I thoroughly enjoyed but more about that in a bit. I wasn't quite sure what to make of Sophie, who is the main character of this book. When we meet her in the pres I read, reviewed and absolutely loved Gemma's debut novel 'Stalker'. I have been impatiently waiting for her to release her second novel. Well ladies and gents, the wait is finally over because Gemma's second book 'Payback' was released on 9th January 2020. Gemma has done it again and she has written one hell of a fantastic read, which I thoroughly enjoyed but more about that in a bit. I wasn't quite sure what to make of Sophie, who is the main character of this book. When we meet her in the present day, she is an estate agent and she has taken on the running of her father's business. She comes across as being a workaholic, devious, cold woman. She doesn't have many if any friends and the only socialising she seems to do is with one of the people, who works for her. Something happened when she was a lot younger which still affects her to this day. Back then she was a schoolgirl with quite a close and small network of friends. They had planned to all do the same thing at the same time but I won't go into any more specifics than that as I would hate to spoil the book for anybody. Needless to say that it didn't go to plan. In the years following this incident, the friends have drifted apart and left the village or town- all apart from Sophie that is. I think that she has thrown herself into her work to forget. The group of friends drifts back together following the death of one of them. At the same time Sophie finds herself the victim of a few unsettling and unnerving incidences. What was it that happened back in the day? What went wrong? Why is Sophie the victim of somebody's hatred? What does fate have in store for Sophie and her former school friends? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you. It took me no time to all to get into this story. In fact I was addicted to the book from the moment I read the synopsis never mind from when I started to read the story itself. I had an inkling that I was going to love this book from the start and I did. Reading this book became an addiction that I was not willing to break under any circumstances. Once I started to read that was it, I did not put my Kindle down again. The book literally travelled everywhere with me. I had my own suspicions as to what was going to happen and I had to keep reading to see whether my suspicions were correct or if I had the wrong end of the stick entirely. The pages seemed to turn really quickly and I seemed to motor through the story. I soon reached the end of this gritty, well plotted and fast paced book, which I was gutted about. I don't mean that I was disappointed with how the story ended but I was enjoying the book so much that I just wanted it to carry on and on. 'Payback' is brilliantly written. The author captures your attention from the start and much as an angler reeling in a catch, the author reels you in. Gemma writes so realistically and uses such vivid descriptions that I felt as though I was part of the story myself. I found that I went through every experience and emotion that the different characters went through. Gemma certainly kept my attention throughout the book and she certainly kept me guessing. I was gripped by the story and on the edge of my seat throughout. The book is written using two different timelines, which run parallel to each other. One of the timelines describes events as they happened back in 1997 and the other timeline describes things as they happen in the present day. I did wonder if this way of telling the story might be a bit confusing but I needn't have worried because the two timelines interlinked really well and the story flowed seamlessly as a result. I loved the fact that part of the story took me back to 1997, when I had just finished my 'A Levels'. I had a nostalgic trip into my own past as I was of a similar age to those in the story and I recognised a lot of the cultural references that were made. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Payback' and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. I will definitely be reading more of Gemma's work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Ferguson

    As a teenager, Sophie organises a virginity pact amongst her friends. Asking her friend Gareth and some of his friends, the party is now set. But the party doesn’t exactly go according to plan. Fast forward twenty years and Sophie is running her family business, a real estate office in her hometown while all of her friends have long moved away, except Gareth who tragically died in a car accident. When Sophie begins to disturbing letters and gifts, she begins to wonder who she can trust. Who could As a teenager, Sophie organises a virginity pact amongst her friends. Asking her friend Gareth and some of his friends, the party is now set. But the party doesn’t exactly go according to plan. Fast forward twenty years and Sophie is running her family business, a real estate office in her hometown while all of her friends have long moved away, except Gareth who tragically died in a car accident. When Sophie begins to disturbing letters and gifts, she begins to wonder who she can trust. Who could be deliberately frightening her and how will she uncover the truth about what happened that night? This book had a great pace to it, the plot was really interesting and actually had me sucked in from the first couple of pages. It was tightly woven, very interesting with a well rounded yet flawed main character. This is the first novel I have read of Rogers’ but I plan to read more. Five out of five stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    CJ Eve

    Set in dual time lines we follow a teenage Sophie as she sets up a meet up for herself and her three best friends to lose their virginity with four equally innocent boys. Fast forward to the present date were a grown up Sophie is starting to receive threatening messages and targeted by vandalism it appears someone wants payback but for what? I have read a couple of books by Gemma and much like this one I have enjoyed them all, I really enjoy her style of writing. The characters were well developed Set in dual time lines we follow a teenage Sophie as she sets up a meet up for herself and her three best friends to lose their virginity with four equally innocent boys. Fast forward to the present date were a grown up Sophie is starting to receive threatening messages and targeted by vandalism it appears someone wants payback but for what? I have read a couple of books by Gemma and much like this one I have enjoyed them all, I really enjoy her style of writing. The characters were well developed, the novel was cleverly thought out, full of suspense and had me up several late nights. I did start to have my suspicion of the suspect but it didn't go unchallenged which made the book even more enjoyable.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gary Hart

    Revenge is a dish best served cold - or so they say. My first Gemma Rogers book, and I thought, what have I started? A group of eight teenagers arranging to lose their virginity - seemed a harmless thing, but develops into something sinister and the tension grows to a great climax. Some editing to sort grammatical and other errors, but in all, a good read. Recommended for cold, dark nights when you are alone - or not!

  15. 5 out of 5

    christine arlott-clay

    Payback, but what for? A totally gripping read Strange occurrences surround Sophie White, it is a stalker?, A business rival? then eventually things start to happen to her old school friends,. Somebody wants payback...but who? , read it and see...really well paced will keep you on the edge of your seat

  16. 4 out of 5

    Virginia O'Brien

    Predictable book At first I thought this book was ok but by half way through I was getting bored of it. I had worked out the plot as it was so obvious what was going to happen. I persevered but found it hard work. Not to keen on this book at all. Sorry.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    New author to me and I love a new author. So when Payback by Gemma Rogers came out I had to read it. What a brilliant book this was. I just loVed it and was hooked from the very first few pages. Its full of twists and turns and so twisted! It was very hard to put down. Sophie White tells the story from her point of view. It's set when she was a teenager in 1997 to the present day. Sophie and three of her girlfriends decide they want to loose their innocence before the summer is over and the last New author to me and I love a new author. So when Payback by Gemma Rogers came out I had to read it. What a brilliant book this was. I just loVed it and was hooked from the very first few pages. Its full of twists and turns and so twisted! It was very hard to put down. Sophie White tells the story from her point of view. It's set when she was a teenager in 1997 to the present day. Sophie and three of her girlfriends decide they want to loose their innocence before the summer is over and the last year of school. Sophie holds a big party and invites her childhood buddy Gareth and his mates to make it easier for them all to have some fun and hoping they will loose their innocence with them. However, things to not go to plan! Why? They all go their separate way, Many years go by and Sophie's group of friends are brought back together but not in a good way. Gareth is killed in a car accident and Sophie's has started to receive threatening messages and she does not know who is leaving them! The party Sophie arranged twenty years ago was not so innocent after all! Who is sending her these messages and Why? I definitely recommend this book and will find time to read Gemma's first book called The Stalker which was the first book 10th September last year. Big Thank you to Boldwood Books, Netgalley and Gemma Rogers the Author for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alison Mulligan

    Kept me guessing Kept me guessing whodunnit. With relatable characters and a good pace, it was a great read. Found myself thinking about it in between reads

  19. 5 out of 5

    myrablackburn

    Gritty, excellent thriller Fantastic gritty thriller, had me hooked from first chapter, couldn’t put it down , cannot wait for another novel from Gemma ,

  20. 5 out of 5

    angela dalgleish

    Amazing This book had me gripped from the first chapter. I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to the next one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pam Mc Donnell

    Not a bad read. Cleverly done mixing the younger Sophie and the older Sophie. I did guess the ending about 2 thirds in. Enjoyed the read and would recommend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ruth wyse

    Amazing This book kept me up half the night, I just couldn’t put it down as you want to know what’s going to happen next.. Brilliant book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    sue schofield

    Wasn’t a bad read a bit predictable one of those books you can figure out before the end no surprises

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com) The premise behind Sophie’s story was definitely unique. It’s not every day we read about a teenage “deed” pact, which was unnerving and a bit disturbing, given the age I am now and my status as mother to two boys, one of which is a teenager. Those emotions propelled me forward, and I loved the two degrees between the past, and the present. I felt like I was right there with Sophie in 1997, and with her now when she’s trying to p Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com) The premise behind Sophie’s story was definitely unique. It’s not every day we read about a teenage “deed” pact, which was unnerving and a bit disturbing, given the age I am now and my status as mother to two boys, one of which is a teenager. Those emotions propelled me forward, and I loved the two degrees between the past, and the present. I felt like I was right there with Sophie in 1997, and with her now when she’s trying to piece together the fallout from over twenty years ago. The different dynamics and the years that change the course of a friendship had been accurately portrayed here. Sophie took me back to a time when friendships had as a young adult meant everything in life, with the slow progression of change and potential demise for bonds that at one time had been thick and never ending. I felt that struggle for everyone involved, adding to the chaos in determining who can be trusted, and who can’t. The messages and nefarious packages, not knowing where it’s safe anymore- this all compounded into an epic build up, an eventual truth. In many ways, Payback was a reflection on the way our world works. In an age of social media and instant cameras on every cell phone, nothing done and posted is “safe”, forever there for the world to see, even after the delete button. With the two different time frames, it was understood that even our actions from the past aren’t safe, and ultimately, it can come back to haunt us. Those powerful elements really added a touch of realism to everything, particularly for Sophie, who has so much to lose. This gives us a moment of reflection on our own childhood fumbles, and when Sophie says, “This was something I’d done when I was a wayward kid over twenty years ago”, we believe her because we’ve all been there and can understand the frustration in that. Given the coming-of-age elements gone wrong, not to mention the moments full of suspense, this was a well-deserving five-star read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    jeannette allerston

    Wow A real page tuner, what to say about this book great story line and great characters, all I need to say is I have to recommend this as a book that must be read also brilliant narration with this book 10/10 Gemma Rogers and 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  26. 5 out of 5

    Biff meechan

    Payback⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I enjoyed this book and I only should give it a read,it was a storyline and I enjoyed trying to guess who done what.I will be reading more from Gemma Roger as I like the way she puts the storylines together.I hope you enjoy it too ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    I really enjoyed this thriller; it was quite different from the other thrillers that I’ve read in terms of content – a group of teenagers making a pact to lose their virginity. The amount of pressure and the building tension was achieved. I kept guessing why Sophie was being targeted, what could have happened after they left the house after they had sex, and why was it just happening now.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    A teenage party starts to have repercussions, over twenty years later, with fatal, and sinister results. There is a steady build-up of drama, plenty of psychological suspense and an underlying ethos of menace, as Sophie’s life disintegrates, even though she tries to carry on as normal. A dark. pacy thriller, with complex characters, who harbour lies and secrets, from their past. The seemingly innocent event that happened in their teenage life, has sinister echoes. Someone wants revenge, but for w A teenage party starts to have repercussions, over twenty years later, with fatal, and sinister results. There is a steady build-up of drama, plenty of psychological suspense and an underlying ethos of menace, as Sophie’s life disintegrates, even though she tries to carry on as normal. A dark. pacy thriller, with complex characters, who harbour lies and secrets, from their past. The seemingly innocent event that happened in their teenage life, has sinister echoes. Someone wants revenge, but for what? The story is told from Sophie’s point of view, as a teenager in the past, and a present-day adult. A plot, full of twists reveals just enough clues, to the mystery and antagonist, as it progresses. The characters are authentic and relatable, and the ending packs a punch and doesn’t disappoint. I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Traceysyearinbooks

    This book is told from a dual timeline. The present day and also the teenage years of the protagonist Sophie. In brief, Sophie is being stalked by someone from her past but who is it? I was hooked from the very first page and couldn’t put the book down. The pace of the book was excellent. I loved the characters in this book. The authors writing style has written so much suspense into the pages. There were moments in the book where I felt uneasy and this is a feeling that I like in a suspense nove This book is told from a dual timeline. The present day and also the teenage years of the protagonist Sophie. In brief, Sophie is being stalked by someone from her past but who is it? I was hooked from the very first page and couldn’t put the book down. The pace of the book was excellent. I loved the characters in this book. The authors writing style has written so much suspense into the pages. There were moments in the book where I felt uneasy and this is a feeling that I like in a suspense novel. The author kept the suspense throughout the whole book and I didn’t guess the ending. A must read for fans of thrillers or suspense novels.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane Saul

    In 1997 Sophie and her friends decide its time to lose their virginity. This action leads to unforeseen consequences 20 years later. It seems something happened that night 20 years ago that no one knew about and now someone is looking for revenge. There is suspense that will keep you guessing about the motive and the guilty party. There are alternating chapters from the past and the present that give us more details about the past one piece at a time. Thank you to net galley for an advanced read In 1997 Sophie and her friends decide its time to lose their virginity. This action leads to unforeseen consequences 20 years later. It seems something happened that night 20 years ago that no one knew about and now someone is looking for revenge. There is suspense that will keep you guessing about the motive and the guilty party. There are alternating chapters from the past and the present that give us more details about the past one piece at a time. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.

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