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?
I am ashamed with how long this book has been on my Kindle. I purchased it after so many of my book friends told me how good it was. Fast forward months later and I could slap myself for leaving it so long.
The story centres around Alice who finds herself being stalked by an unidentified person with strange and concerning things happening every Wednesday. Working as a journalist, you may well think it comes with the territory. Things to start with are quite low key but when its happening to you, you could feel the anxiety it is causing Alice and how it takes over her waking thoughts. It also appears that Alice is hiding something from her past as well which added to the intrigue.
The chapters are alternated between Alice and someone whose chapters are entitled Him. We are taken back to when they are a child living with their gran. I found these chapters both endearing as well as haunting for reasons best kept left unspoken about and for the reader to find out for themselves.
I raced through these pages to see how this little boy from the past was in anyway connected to what was happening to Alice in the present. Also as to what Alice was keeping quiet. I loved Matthew’s character who is hired by Alice’s boyfriend to find out the identity of the person behind everything that is happening. A private investigator who ends up working alongside the police in trying to catch them. In fact him and Mel are brilliant and would love for the author to do some sort of follow up with them in the future.
I Will Make You Pay is a great psychological thriller with a very unexpected outcome. It ticked all the boxes for everything I would expect from a novel in this genre. The suspense, tension, intrigue, it had it all with some wonderful twists thrown in for good measure. A great build up to a very satisfying climax.