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 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?
Expected publication date: 10th October 2019
*I received a kindle edition of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Having read one of Teresa Driscolls other books, The Promise earlier this year, and really enjoyed it, I was excited to read her next book, I Will Make You Pay. The novel focuses on Alice, a successful journalist who starts receiving sinister and strange messages from an unknown caller. As the threats get more and more serious, Alice seeks the help of PI Matthew Hill. The unraveling of the case and the stalkers escalating actions will have readers on the edge of their seats, with truly shocking reveals along the way and an ending which I definitely didn’t see coming.
I really enjoy Driscolls writing style so I knew I would like this book but I was reassured when I started reading and it was every bit as addictive and compelling as her last. I loved the use of multiple perspectives in this novel, it was so effective. Notably the chapters where we get to read through the stalkers point of view brought so much to the story, it allowed us to understand him and sympathise for him to an extent, as he went through a very traumatic childhood. Strangely I didn’t feel much of a connection to the protagonist Alice, despite the attempts to flesh her out a bit by exploring her strong bonds with her mother and sister.
As well as the writing style , I really enjoyed the way the story unraveled bit by bit as we go through a full range of suspects and we start thinking it could be anyone in Alices circle. I feel like Driscoll does a really good job at depicting Alices emotions as she goes through this ordeal, from denial, to paranoia and despair, I feel like this is a realistic portrayal of what a victim of stalking may go through. Perhaps this insight comes from Driscolls experience of being a journalist and reporter, covering crime and her unique insight into the consequences of these crimes. I feel like Driscoll has a very good grasp on these issues and it feels genuine, which added another layer to the storytelling.
I liked that we got to revisit the character of Matthew Hill from Driscolls other novel The Promise. This book works great as a standalone and it’s not necessary to read The Promise to get into this one but if you wanted more insight into his character then I would recommend taking a read. Matthew is a smart and savvy private investigator who is always on the ball and has a deep sensitivity and compassion towards his clients, which made him a likeable character to follow.
Given that this is a thriller novel, it’s always a bit of a 50/50 whether the reveal and final act will be satisfying but Driscoll definitely delivers. I didn’t figure out the identity of the stalker at all which is super rare for me as I always manage to guess but I enjoyed being in the dark this time and actually being shocked. I think a lot of readers will enjoy the reveal and the twists and turns until we get there.
Overall, I Will Make You Pay was every bit the compelling and creepy thriller the synopsis promises and more. I would recommend this to hardcore thriller fans as well as any readers who want a good engrossing book which isn’t too demanding to read on the go.
Until next time,