I Will Make You Pay - Teresa Driscoll

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Official Blurb:

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?

My Thoughts:

From the first page I was hooked, there is no prologue to tease you, confuse you or mislead you. The drama and terror are there right from the start, and you are in the midst of the story straight away. I started this late at night thinking I’d just read a couple of chapters to feel my way into a new book. Before I knew it, I was 30% of the way in, bleary-eyed and forcing myself to put it down to get some sleep.
I loved the terror and thriller aspect of this book. I wouldn’t leave the house from Tuesday through to Thursday if this were happening to me. So the protagonist did annoy me a little as she still kept meetings on a Wednesday knowing that something could happen to her. Also, when she left travelling back from London until late on the Tuesday night, I was getting really frustrated and antsy. I just wanted her tucked up safe and sound in bed and the house bubble wrapped!
The book alternates between Alice’s version of events, Mathew, the private investigator (who we have met in previous books. I was shocked that he had a stroppy two-year-old on his hands as his wife had only just given birth to an angelic little baby in the last book I read!). There are also chapters entitled ‘Him- before’ giving us an insight into what we presume is the stalker’s life events and what has lead up to him stalking Alice.
It is very well done, the anticipation builds up at a steady pace, and you even feel sorry for the ‘him’ for everything he has gone through in his life. He didn’t choose Wednesdays to be a nightmare; however, he did decide how he would let it affect the rest of his life.
I didn’t see the ending coming; I had guessed why the stalker was doing what he was doing but not who he was. I figured he must be someone we had met because of the voice changer he used right at the very beginning. However, there was no one I could guess that would be in the frame for the leading stalking role. To say I was sideswiped would be an understatement!
Absolutely fantastic, another out of this world, brilliantly written book by Teresa Driscoll!

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I Will Make You Pay
by Teresa Driscoll
Date Started
23rd September 2019
Date Finished
25th September 2019
Rating
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