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  • Great mafia romance

    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.

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  • Gripping Suspense

    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.

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  • Good Thriller

    I really enjoyed this thriller; it was quite different from the other thrillers that I’ve read in terms of content. I enjoyed the twists in the novel which kept me guessing who it was. The amount of pressure and the building tension was achieved. The build up and escalation of threats was tactfully done. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was targeting the group of friends - I became suspicious of everything very quickly! While I enjoyed this novel, I found the reason for the threats to be lack-luster, I felt like I was missing something that would have put this novel at 4 stars.

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