Monday 5 April 2021

I Will Make You Pay - Teresa Driscoll

Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.

It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.

Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.

With every passing Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?

What did I think?

This is the first Teresa Driscoll novel I've read and it's an absolute cracker!  Fast-paced, gripping and filled with a host of possible suspects, it has all the necessary ingredients to make a tasty whodunit pie that I devoured in two big bites.

Hoax calls at a newspaper aren't out of the ordinary so when journalist Alice picks up the phone one Wednesday afternoon, and the reader is given the most chilling opening line, she is rattled but she doesn't take it too seriously.  Until the next Wednesday when Alice receives a delivery that makes her take it very seriously indeed.  Dreading each Wednesday and the disturbing escalating threats, Alice's boyfriend hires a private investigator to keep Alice safe.  What the PI doesn't know is that Alice isn't who she appears to be...cue dramatic music!

What a twisty ride this is!  With secrets being revealed from Alice's past and flashbacks to the perpetrator's past, my eyes were glued to the page and I couldn't read fast enough.  Although not excusing his current actions, I actually felt really sorry for the mystery boy in the 'Him' chapters.  Brought up by his gran who goes to work on a Wednesday night to make ends meet, he is scarred by events beyond his control.  No wonder he hates Wednesdays.

Alice's past is equally intriguing and I loved the extra layer this gave to the intricate and carefully crafted story.  It certainly made me suspect pretty much every male character in the book at one point or another and really kept me on my toes.  I didn't even realise I'd held my breath towards the end until it exploded out of my mouth as my jaw dropped.  Such brilliant writing!

Suspenseful, chilling and filled with tension, I Will Make You Pay is a breathtaking thriller.  It may be my first Teresa Driscoll novel but it most definitely will not be my last.  

I chose to read an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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