Payback

  • by Jonnie Jacobs
  • Narrated by Cindy Piller
  • 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A split-second decision sends Marta Crawford's life spiraling out of control. On a business trip she meets the charming Todd Wilson and, much to her regret, wakes up the next morning in his bed. Filled with remorse, she tells Todd she's made a terrible mistake and flees, hoping to put her reckless behavior behind her. But Todd won't take no for an answer.
To her dismay, he worms his way into all corners of her life, befriending her husband and her business partner, and seducing her teenage daughter, Jamie. Payback is a frightening and emotionally gripping tale of deception, determination, and love

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Most Helpful

Great story

Any additional comments?

This was a really enjoyable listen. Although initially I found Marta a little bit pious, I found myself warming to her as the story played on. In fact, I ultimately thought that she was excellently drawn as a product of her environment. The dependable big sister who had to be in charge. All the other characters were believable and well thought out. The story moved along at a brisk pace and I was desperate to find out what happened as the villain was so evil I felt he was capable of anything. The ending was highly satisfactory and I am so honoured to have received this book for free that it is a privilege to leave a 5 star review and to highly recommend Payback to everyone as a thoroughly enjoyable read/listen!

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- Melanie Preston Lewis

Suspenseful. Read it in one sitting.

Where does Payback rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm not sure. The story was brilliant. I like how Jacobs builds up the suspense slowly, along with the esculating domestic abuse. I thought the story itself was brilliant, I started it, and next thing I knew I'd finished it! I couldn't stop. I had to know what happened. Took me a while to warm to the narrator, but once I got used to her voice, it made it easier. I think some of the characters didn't match her style of narration, but I think she did ok.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Jamie. She was vulnerable, and typical teenager. I found myself feeling angry and her parents over protection on a 17 year old, but when what happened happened, I felt very sorry for her. She knew she'd made a mistake that she couldn't get out of. I wanted to help her myself....


What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I'm not sure she was the ideal narrator for this book. She did the women well, but I don't think she pulled the male characters off that well. Hence my 3-5 rating of the performance. I don't know if I read other books narrated by her, but the plotline grabbed me, and when that happens, I do my best to put the narrator out of the equation.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did.


Any additional comments?

If I was going to compare this to anything, even slightly, it would be in to the darkest corner, by Haynes. Though not exactly the same, the element of domestic abuse and violence is the same, and the way he treats her in the end is the same. Controlling, possessive, he sheds tears when he hurts her etc, just as Lee did in Haynes novel. If you've read that, you really should read this. Very good story.

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- SarahC1985

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2017
  • Publisher: Jonnie Jacobs