A dark secret and a deadly score to settle...
In 1997 teenager Sophie White and her three girlfriends decide they want to lose their innocence before summer is over.
Roping in her childhood buddy Gareth and his mates, Sophie holds a party to get 'the deed' over and done with, but the night doesn’t end as planned.
Twenty years later, the group are brought back together when Gareth is killed in a car accident and Sophie begins receiving threatening messages. It seems the party wasn’t as
innocent as everyone thought and now someone wants payback.
A gripping, highly addictive game of cat and mouse where the past comes back with vengeance. Perfect for the fans of Kimberley Chambers, Emma Tallon and Jessie Keane.
Praise for Gemma Rogers:
'A brilliant thriller from an exciting new voice. Stalker had me on the edge of my seat' Kerry Barnes
'An atmospheric, taut thriller which keeps you hooked from the first page. An exceptional debut.' Jacqui Rose
What readers are saying about Payback
'An excellent novel, full of believable characters and an entertaining plot'
'Superbly written, very pacy and just the right length'
'a well written gritty thriller from Gemma Rogers that races along at a good speed and with a surprise ending this really is another 5 star winner from Gemma Rogers.'
'It had drama, suspense, friendships, sadness and a whole lot of mystery.'
'This book had me hooked from the outset'
'Twisting and turning with thrill after chilling thrill.'
'Gave me massive feelings of nostalgia with the flashbacks to 1997 and genuinely struggled to put it down. Please read this book!'
'storyline draws you right in and i couldn’t stop reading. needed to know how it ended but at the same time didn’t want it to end.'
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I recently read Stalker by Gemma Rogers and enjoyed it, I knew i'd be watching out for any other books by her. When I saw Payback on 'Netgalley I was thrilled when my request to read an ARC of it was approved.
It took me no time at all to fly through the pages of this book. I found it a very easy and enjoyable read.
I really think Gemma is going to be an author to watch out for, her style of writing is what helps keep you gripped, enough going on and suspense to keep you wanting to read on.
I loved the idea behind this story, how your teenage years can, in years to come change your life totally. What you think is just teenage fun can have a effect on people years down the line.
Friends decided they are all ready to lose their virginity. Deciding they should all do this at the same time the organise a little get together with a group of friends and decide who will be paired up with who.
Years later when one of the group is killed in an accident, things start to come back to haunt Sophie, how can she change things that happened in the past.
A gripping read that will leave you wanting more.
'Dark, gritty and funny' - Steve Cavanagh on Marnie Riches
Keep your enemies close and your neighbours closer...
When Private Investigator Beverley Saunders is tasked with going undercover, she relishes the chance to disguise herself as a cleaner in order to get close to Manchester bad boy Anthony Anthony, aka 2Tone. Anthony's neighbours are suspicious of his wealth and sick of his anti-social behaviour, and Bev's just the woman they need to find out what's going on behind closed doors.
As Bev begins to infiltrate Anthony's world, she soon realises she's in danger - and this time, she might be too far in to get out. Alongside her sidekick Doc, Bev must fight to discover the truth - but when people begin to die, she has to ask herself - is exposing Anthony worth risking her own life?
Marnie Riches is back with a gritty, gripping thriller, perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.
Praise for Marnie Riches:
'Dark, gritty and funny.' STEVE CAVANAGH
'A gripping page-turner of a plot' ROZ WATKINS
'A corking thriller' ED JAMES
I'm loving this
Another brilliant read from this very talented author. I don't think I've read a book that I haven't enjoyed by M.R
This one is just great, its the second book to feature Private Investigator Beverley Saunders and her odd side kick, Doc. I loved the first book and this one is just as good. A serious story to follow that is filled with some great humour.
Another brilliant read from this very talented author. I don't think I've read a book that I haven't enjoyed by M.R
This one is just great, its the second book to feature Private Investigator Beverley Saunders and her odd side kick, Doc..
A serious story to follow but I love the humour that is slotted in here and there.
I especially loved Bev when she became Gail, she was a great character to read about.
The relation ship between Bev and Doc is done brilliantly. the put downs and come backs between them are priceless. I chuckled so much while reading this. Yet it covers some serious topics, and some of the crap that is blighting Manchester at the moment, 'Spice' A crazy drug that see's people hooked pretty much as soon as they start it. it's an evil drug and I think covering subjects that are very topical in the news etc is brilliantly done.
I loved how many of the places mentioned in this book that I actually knew, that i'd been to, places i'd visited and places up the road from where I live.
i'm loving this authors work and can't recommed this enough. Treat yourself, get your feet up and Enjoy.
All families have secrets... some are deadly.
When D.I. Matthew Denning is called in to investigate a house fire in a North London street, he never anticipated the horrors that awaited him. As Denning and D.S. Molly Fisher search the wreckage, the bodies of the Galloway family – Brian and Ellie, son Simon, daughter Amber and 9-year-old grandson Caleb – are discovered in the smouldering house.
All evidence points to a tragic accident… until Matthew and Molly discover that the family was dead before the fire, murdered in their home by a faceless psychopath. What started as a routine investigation swiftly turns into a murder investigation, with Denning and Fisher hunting a killer who has wiped out three generations with a shotgun.
But as the case deepens, Denning and Fisher discover that the Galloways were no ordinary family. Like all families, they harbour secrets - but unlike others, their secrets were so deadly, someone is willing to spill blood to keep them hidden…
An utterly gripping detective novel set in London, Blood Family will thrill fans of Angela Marsons, Mark Billingham and Robert Bryndza.
I didn't realise when I started reading this book that it is actually the second in the series. I am normally so good at checking things like this but clearly hadn't bothered this time. However I don't believe it took anything out of the book for me as I had no trouble following the story.
An interesting and well written story, I think it's safe to say that I will certainly be looking out for more from this author.
The MIT team in East London has two officers who I've just been learning about, DI Matt Denning and DS Molly Fisher
This book starts off with a great story line, and crime that you really need to follow, you want to know what has happened, it keeps you intrigued.
What is thought to be a house fire turns out to be something quite a lot more and bodies have been found in the house.
As usual I love reading about the characters and their lives and I think over the next few books it will be interesting to find out more and more about all the characters.
I can safely recommend this book and I think most crime fiction fans will really enjoy it.
WHO DO YOU TRUST IN A WORLD BUILT ON LIES...
Rebecca Dawson lives a life that many women want - married to wealthy, handsome businessman Jamie and new mum to beautiful daughter, Ella, she thinks nothing can burst her bubble. Until a series of sinister events leaves Rebecca convinced that she is being stalked. While her only priority is keeping Ella safe, Rebecca knows that this might be more than coincidence, and fears that her past is back to haunt her. Because somebody knows what she did. They are watching her, tormenting her and soon they are going to make her pay.
While she hides her past, Rebecca finds herself unable to trust anyone, not even her husband, Jamie. Because Jamie is keeping secrets too. Is Jamie gas-lighting Rebecca into thinking she is going mad, in a bid to cover up his own sordid lies? Or is someone more sinister seeking their revenge?
A mind-blowing psychological thriller that totally caught me off guard!
~ Crimebookjunkie Book Reviews
So the queen of gangland has taken a step into the world of psychological thrillers and has shown that she can smash it in both genres. The twists thrilled and excited me in equal measure, making this one dark and mess with your head read. A psychological thriller that delivered on all scores for me.
A story that has me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath.
~ Cheekypee Reads and Reviews
The plot is tight. It keeps your brain ticking and at one stage I thought I’d sorted it all out. Jobs a good ‘un.....I thought.
No, no, I was definitely wrong.
~ Read Along With Sue
This is Casey Kelleher's first Phycological thriller and what a thrilling read it is.
I didn't even read what this book was about, I knew i liked the authors work and that was all i needed to know.
I found this an easy but addictive read, this book took me away from my realities of the moment and lost me between the pages.
This book is a fantastic, fasinating twisty twister of a read.
Rebecca and James seem like the most beautiful perfect couple. Married with a baby daughter 'Ella. The couple have it all. Being a new mummy seems to be playing havok with Rebecca's mind, her mental health seems to be suffering and it's clearly more that baby brain.
Rebecca knows she needs to keep baby Ella safe, she is convinced someone is watchin her. But who, she has no idea. Rebecca knows she has a past that needs forgetting about but these odd events really can't be linked to her past in anyway.
This book leaves you second guessing what is going to happen. It has you thinking you know just where it's going. You will be wrong, I was.
Clear your diary, put your feet up as once you start this book you will not want to put it down. I'm not sure what more I can say other than WOW, WOW, WOW.
What a brilliant start to the New Year for this author and this book, I cannot wait to see what Casey has to offer next. A mighty fine story teller.
Having been quite poorly recently It gave me a great chance to catch up and read some of the books i'd been looking forward to. It's just taken me a while to finally get to sharing what I thought of these two books.
I recently read these two books pretty much back to back, so it was great following on with characters you had gotten to know slightly. I will however say that you could probably read these books as standalones, for me, as always I think books are better read in order.
Heathers writing style is brilliant, she's certainly gotten to know how to drag her readers in and how to make you want to read the next book as soon as possible, these books are interesting, gritty and hard to put down. I enjoyed both of them equally.
Pimps, prostitution, drugs, corruption these books have it all, Gilly is the Pimp of some of the Manchester prostitutes that Journalist Maddy is interviewing. He doesn't seem to keen on his girls talking to a journo, not only that while they are sat in the pub talking to her, they are not out earning money for him. A ruthless pimp that has no morels.
On a night out Maddy falls for nice guy Aaron, what is to come will change her life.
That's all in book 1, Book 2 has a similar theme following the life of a prostitute, Ruby who is now running a brothel, had a man put away for wrong doing and as he's due out of prison, Ruby's life could well be about to change.
Another thrilling read from a very talented author, I can not wait to read the next book.
These books are well worth getting your teeth into, brilliant Gritlit that I can see becoming very popular.
If you have Kindle unlimited these books are available to read for free, how good is that.
I would highly recommend them, fans of Casey Kelleher, Mel Sherratt, Caz Finley would enjoy these books.
All’s fair in love and war… but what happens when the war is over?
After the heartbreak of World War Two, newlywed midwife Cathy hoped Liverpool life would offer some joy. But a terrible miscarriage and the escape of her abusive stepfather Jack from prison make happiness hard to find.
Meanwhile, Cathy’s beloved granny is ailing. Whilst at the hospital, Cathy sees her midwifery friends, who are planning to open a home for unmarried mothers. After losing a baby of her own Cathy would love to help, but for now, she must take care of her grandmother.
As her granny’s health worsens, she writes Cathy a letter. The day her grandmother dies, Cathy goes home and opens the envelope: Thank you for giving me a reason to live. Everything I have in the world is yours now, my darling. Cathy is devastated but determined to honour her granny’s memory, hoping the maternity home can be her legacy.
Just as Cathy and her friends are about to open their doors to the first expectant mothers, Jack is spotted in Liverpool. It’s only a matter of time until her cruel stepfather catches up with her, determined to pay her back for getting him locked up in prison. Can Cathy keep herself and her grandmother’s legacy safe, and see Jack sent away for good at last?
The Midwives of Lark Lane is a heart-wrenching saga about how the best friendships can help you through the worst of times. If you’re a fan of Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe and Kitty Neale, you’ll love Pam Howes!
Now this is a book series I love. Everything about these books is just fantastic. The writing, the story lines, the characters, each time I've read one of these books I have loved every single page. I could happily read this series every day forever. Selfishly the author seems to think that she should have a life outside of books. lol only joking.
I felt like I was going back in time and meeting up with old friends with this book, the familiar characters and their family lives. For me I think the only character I don't much like is Jack. I don't think we are supposed to like him, which is what means for me, that Pam has done the job she intended. I wont go into detail as I wouldn't like to spoil this for anyone who hasn't read the previous books,( can I ask why you haven't read them)
I would say you could read these books in any order, but why would you want to do that? it's worth reading them in the correct order to follow the back story of the characters, although the author does give you enough background if you didn't want to read them all.
Cathy and Gianni are now travelling with his family. Cathy isn't very keen on this and would rather have permanent roots. A home not a caravan.
Cathy and her daughter end up returning to Liverpool as circumstances change. I found myself rooting for this family, I wanted and needed them to do well.
It still fascinates me as we go back in time with this series, how very very different things were back then. The fact that a home is needed for young unmarried ladies who found themselves pregnant. How times have change and and perceptions on certain things are so different.
This is a family saga you do not want to miss.
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Their parents thought they were hiding…
One beautiful summer’s evening, thirteen-year-old twins Ivy and Erin Westmore snuggle down in a tent in their back garden, giggling and sharing secrets.
When their mother goes to wake the girls the next morning, their tent is empty.
The alarm is raised and Detective Natalie Ward is put onto the case. When the twins’ bodies are discovered on nearby marshland, covered with deep pink petals, an icy shiver travels down Natalie’s spine. Everything about the girls’ deaths reminds her of a horrifying case she worked on earlier in her career, which saw a killer of the worst kind placed behind bars.
The next day, that feeling is heightened when she receives a chilling note saying ‘I’m back’. Is this killer a copycat or did Natalie put the wrong person in prison all those years ago? In a small town, where no stranger goes unnoticed, what is Natalie missing?
Consumed by the case, determined to prevent more deaths, Natalie misses the fact that it is her attention the killer wants. And to get it, he has his sights set firmly on her precious daughter Leigh…
Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.
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