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Now that we've cleared that obstacle, let's address the book. The pros: it's got some sexiness in there, and the personal lives of the protagonists- Beth and Brady (yup) - are engaging enough. The murders are described in gruesome, vivid detail. Hachtel has some chilling skill at describing torture and gore, so be sure you're ready for that kind of reading.
The cons: Do NOT read the back cover. Don't do it, because then you'll know who the killer is before you start. Even without it, there's almost no attempt to hide the killer's identity from you, but at least you'll have some semblance of a mystery going in. The issue with this lack of suspense is that the main characters will seem like complete imbeciles to you, the reader, because they can't figure out who's behind any of the murders until the very last few pages.
The second major problem with Payback (not counting Mr. Brady) is those last few pages. The number one lesson in story-writing is never to rush your climax, and unfortunately that is exactly what happens here. The whole book builds to one grand, thrilling encounter - and it's over in a matter of seconds. The very next sentence is the epilogue, which somehow manages to be even more hurried than the climax.
Overall, goosebump-inducing murders but lackluster mystery. And there's a Tom Brady.
The main characters are Beth Abbott and Tom Brady. Both of the characters are detectives that grew up in the same small town. Beth has returned for her father who is not doing well following an accident. There is a lot of animosity, anger, and bitterness directed towards her father because of the type of man he was when Beth was a child.
Beth ends up joining with the local police department and gets partnered with Tom Brady. Tom remembers Beth from high school and cannot get over how much she has changed. Their partnership becomes more than just solving crimes; it becomes something much more personal. When they are not following their desires, they find themselves trying to solve a series of murders that appear to be connected to a single perpetrator. I appreciated how, although some might consider the pace of the investigation a bit slow, it wasn’t rushed too quickly. On the other hand, I do feel the ending, or resolution, was extremely rushed. I wish things would have gone a bit longer when it came to solving the murders.
This story offers the reader an insight into strained family dynamics, returning to a childhood home/town, workplace romance, as well as everything required to solve murders committed by a serial killer. Beth and Tom are both extremely likeable characters and seeing how their romance develops is fun. I will admit that by a certain point in the story, I had an inkling as to who the serial killer was but then ended up changing my mind. There are some rather dark elements and descriptions in this book due to the serial killings. Overall this is an enjoyable read with a mixture of themes to keep the reader engaged.