It starts as a prank—a way to blow off steam after a long summer at Camp Horseshoe. Among the teen counselors, tensions and hormones are running high. No wonder the others agree when Jo-Beth Chancellor suggests they scare Monica O’Neal a little….or a lot. Monica has it coming, and no one will really get hurt. What could go wrong?
Twenty years later, Lucas Dalton, a senior detective with the sheriff’s department, is investigating the discovery of human remains in a cavern at what used to be Camp Horseshoe. Lucas knows the spot well. His father, a preacher, ran the camp, and Lucas worked there that infamous summer when two girls went missing. One is believed to have been killed by a convict on the loose. Monica O’Neal is thought to have drowned and been washed out to sea.
Lucas knows he should step down from such a personal case. He’s already jeopardized his career by removing evidence of his involvement. But maybe it’s time to uncover the whole truth at last. That’s why five former female counselors are coming back to the small Oregon town—among them, Bernadette Warden, the woman Lucas has never forgotten. Each one knows something about that terrible night. Each promised not to tell. And as they reunite, a new horror unfolds. First come notes containing a personal memento and a simple, terrifying message: You will pay. Then, the murders begin.
It started years ago. But it will end here—as a web of lust, greed, and betrayal is untangled to reveal a killer waiting to enact the perfect revenge.
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Expected publication: May 30th 2017 by Kensington
** I received an advanced readers copy from Kensington via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**
You Will Pay tells the story of a summer at Camp Horseshoe. There were a bunch of live in teenage counsellors with secrets, that hooked up and played pranks but it was also the summer that two of the girls disappeared as well as a camp hand and an escaped convict. Flash forward twenty years with the discovery of a skull and some bones near the abandoned camp and the mystery began to unravel.
This book was told from multiple perspectives in the present and going back to that awful summer. In theory, this was an amazing way to let the story unfold. In fact, a favourite of mine. I love when a story weaves between past and present and is told from multiple points of view.
There were way too many characters to keep track of and I found it distracted me from the story. I spent too much time trying to keep them all straight in order for things to make sense. In fact, it took me until almost the half way point to have all the characters figured out. It was just way too busy. Also, there were far too many pregnancies in this book. Whether they were in the past or present it was just too much. It took away from any impact that should have been there, particularly in the past.
In theory, this had the potential to be a great story. I really wanted to love it. It had so many things that I love in a good book. Unfortunately it was just too busy for my liking and if I'm being completely honest, the mystery was a little anti-climatic and pretty predictable. The same concept but with only one missing girl and few less councelors would have simplified it and made it much more enjoyable.
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