You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson

You Will Pay

In a fast-paced, brilliantly twisted novel of suspense from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson, the deadly secrets of a long-ago summer stir to life once more.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...

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ISBN:1496710177
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Number of Pages:416 pages

You Will Pay Reviews

  • Linda Strong
    Apr 09, 2017

    3.5 Stars

    It started with 19 teen counselors at Camp Horseshoe, owned and operated by Rev. Jeremiah Dalton and his second wife, Naomi. Two of the counselors go missing and are never seen again. One of the workers, Clint, also disappears. And to top it off, an escaped prisoner seen in the area also disappeared.

    It is now 20 years later and a partial skull is found. Who does it belong to?

    That's what Detective Lucas Dalton (son of Jeremiah) and his partner wants to know. It doesn't help that Lucas a

    3.5 Stars

    It started with 19 teen counselors at Camp Horseshoe, owned and operated by Rev. Jeremiah Dalton and his second wife, Naomi. Two of the counselors go missing and are never seen again. One of the workers, Clint, also disappears. And to top it off, an escaped prisoner seen in the area also disappeared.

    It is now 20 years later and a partial skull is found. Who does it belong to?

    That's what Detective Lucas Dalton (son of Jeremiah) and his partner wants to know. It doesn't help that Lucas also worked at the camp that summer.

    Now that they're re-opened the case, all parties have been summoned to return and give new statements.

    Every single one of them had secrets ..and they lied ..to each other and to the police.

    The book jumps from today to 20 years ago. Each of the remaining 17 counselors plus Lucas and his partner have a voice. Some of the secrets are exposed and some aren't until the very end. And the ending is explosive.

    I have read a lot of Lisa Jackon's suspense. In my own opinion, this one held my interest, but just wasn't up to the top notch standards I've come to expect from this author. This one read as a soap opera. There were too many characters to keep track of, too many different stories. Even the romance wasn't much of anything. Will I read it again ... No. I will still recommend this one to die-hard Jackson fans and hope her next book is better.

    Many thanks to the author / Kensington Books / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of YOU WILL PAY. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  • Judy
    Apr 13, 2017

    My first Lisa Jackson novel, and I enjoyed it. This is a murder mystery set mainly at a church camp in Oregon. The story is narrated by various camp counselors who were at the camp twenty years ago. Two girls from the camp, a camp employee, and a prison escapee all disappear during the same week and the cases were never solved. Now the cold cases are reopened when a skull is found. Going back and forth between now and twenty years ago did not detract from the story but rather helped place the ch

    My first Lisa Jackson novel, and I enjoyed it. This is a murder mystery set mainly at a church camp in Oregon. The story is narrated by various camp counselors who were at the camp twenty years ago. Two girls from the camp, a camp employee, and a prison escapee all disappear during the same week and the cases were never solved. Now the cold cases are reopened when a skull is found. Going back and forth between now and twenty years ago did not detract from the story but rather helped place the characters in both time spaces. Tension builds toward the end of the book as everything comes to a head and various secrets are unraveled. 3 1/2 stars rounding up to 4. An interesting read.

    Thanks to Lisa Jackson and Kensington Books through NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Monnie
    Apr 22, 2017

    Sex, lies and yes, even videotapes - the stuff of which soap operas are made - all come together in coastal small-town Oregon in this rather lusty novel. Murder? Check. Incest? Check. Throw in an Elmer Gantry-like leader of a summer camp for teenagers that's been closed for two decades, and you've got a solid start to your summer beach reading.

    Camp Horseshoe closed after two of the still-teenage female counselors, a hired hand and a convict who escaped from a nearby prison went missing. Now - 20

    Sex, lies and yes, even videotapes - the stuff of which soap operas are made - all come together in coastal small-town Oregon in this rather lusty novel. Murder? Check. Incest? Check. Throw in an Elmer Gantry-like leader of a summer camp for teenagers that's been closed for two decades, and you've got a solid start to your summer beach reading.

    Camp Horseshoe closed after two of the still-teenage female counselors, a hired hand and a convict who escaped from a nearby prison went missing. Now - 20 years later - Lucas Dalton, detective with the local sheriff's department and son of the aforementioned preacher man, is investigating the discovery of what appears to be human scull in a small cave on the bank of the water at which one of the missing counselors, Eleanor (Elle) was last seen. Complicating matters is that Lucas was Elle's serious love interest at the time; also, several of the other female counselors, led by Jo-Beth Chancellor, reportedly tried to put the fear of God into Monica shortly before she disappeared.

    Today, all the camp participants, including Lucas, have gone on with their lives (mostly successfully), but the secrets they buried all those years ago now threaten to bring them down. Semi-estranged from his preacher father, Jeremiah, and his beautiful ex-stepmother Naomi, Lucas has secrets of his own that he hopes don't see the light of day. But as all the counselors involved in the scheme to scare Monica decide to return to align the stories they will once again offer to police, they face a nosy reporter who's desperate to get the real story for an online tabloid - a woman who was just as nosy as a camper 20 years ago.

    Chapters switch from viewpoints of the characters in the present and that fateful summer at camp - a technique of which I'm not fond, but it does allow details to be released little by little that shed more light on what really happened. Admittedly, that got a bit hard for me to follow in that there are so many characters to remember; besides that, there seemed to me to be an excessive amount of repetition from one recollection to another (although to be honest, that probably helped my aging brain keep all those characters straight).

    Tying up all the loose ends in one tidy package also tested the limits of believability for me, but then keep in mind I was a church camper back in the day, and the closest I ever got to high drama was having a bit of a crush - as did most of the other female campers - on a young, super-cute minister-counselor. All that meant, though, was that we sang "Kumbaya, My Lord" louder than necessary around the campfire in hopes of getting his attention. Kinky sex? Murder and mayhem? Fuhgettaboutit!

    If you're looking for off-kilter characters in creepy settings, give this one a try. My thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with an advance copy to read and review.

  • Chloe
    May 12, 2017

    You Will Pay is the latest mystery novel by Lisa Jackson. Camp Horseshoe is a religious summer camp run by the preacher Jeremiah and his wife Naomi. The camp shuts down after one fateful night when two teen counselors Ellie and Monica disappear and another is seriously injured. After twenty years the remains of a body is discovered and all the counselors get back together to get their stories straight. The book goes back and forth between the present and past unfolding the secrets the teenagers

    You Will Pay is the latest mystery novel by Lisa Jackson. Camp Horseshoe is a religious summer camp run by the preacher Jeremiah and his wife Naomi. The camp shuts down after one fateful night when two teen counselors Ellie and Monica disappear and another is seriously injured. After twenty years the remains of a body is discovered and all the counselors get back together to get their stories straight. The book goes back and forth between the present and past unfolding the secrets the teenagers held all those years ago. What really happened that night ? Was it a prank that went bad or did the two girls fall victim to a convict who escaped prison nearby?

    I like Lisa Jackson but was a little disappointed in this book. The book is fast paced but felt rushed. It did have surprise ending but the characters were not developed or very likable. Overall I would rate it 3 stars and even though the story was complete it felt unfinished.

    Many thanks to the publisher & NetGalley for this sample copy in exchange for my honest and fair review.

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  • Chloe
    May 11, 2017

    You Will Pay is the latest mystery novel by Lisa Jackson. Camp Horseshoe is a religious summer camp run by the preacher Jeremiah and his wife Naomi. The camp shuts down after one fateful night when two teen counselors Ellie and Monica disappear and another is seriously injured. After twenty years the remains of a body is discovered and all the counselors get back together to get their stories straight. The book goes back and forth between the present and past unfolding the secrets the teenagers

    You Will Pay is the latest mystery novel by Lisa Jackson. Camp Horseshoe is a religious summer camp run by the preacher Jeremiah and his wife Naomi. The camp shuts down after one fateful night when two teen counselors Ellie and Monica disappear and another is seriously injured. After twenty years the remains of a body is discovered and all the counselors get back together to get their stories straight. The book goes back and forth between the present and past unfolding the secrets the teenagers held all those years ago. What really happened that night ? Was it a prank that went bad or did the two girls fall victim to a convict who escaped prison nearby?

    I like Lisa Jackson but was a little disappointed in this book. The book is fast paced but felt rushed. It did have surprise ending but the characters were not developed or very likable. Overall I would rate it 3 stars and even though the story was complete it felt unfinished.

    Many thanks to the publisher & NetGalley for this sample copy in exchange for my honest and fair review.

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  • Ashley Gillan
    May 28, 2017

    In a new standalone novel, Lisa Jackson creates a fascinating mystery, anchored in the past, with reverberations in the present. It's another winner from Jackson, though not quite one of my favorites (though that's a tall order, because her books are generally very good).

    Twenty years ago, a group of young people were thrown together at a Christian summer camp. As expected hormones and bad behavior raged, culminating in the disappearance of three of the camp's young employees. Now, as a set of bo

    In a new standalone novel, Lisa Jackson creates a fascinating mystery, anchored in the past, with reverberations in the present. It's another winner from Jackson, though not quite one of my favorites (though that's a tall order, because her books are generally very good).

    Twenty years ago, a group of young people were thrown together at a Christian summer camp. As expected hormones and bad behavior raged, culminating in the disappearance of three of the camp's young employees. Now, as a set of bones are discovered, The unsolved disappearances are getting a fresh look. Everyone has something to hide and everyone behaved poorly, but who is a killer? The remaining group is determined to find out.

    The mystery of what happened all those years ago is at the heart of this novel. It's so suspenseful and twisty, you can't help but get sucked in and want to find out what happened. There's enough things that will keep you turning pages.

    I didn't figure it all out. I had some ideas, but the final outcomes remained a mystery to me. I loved the suspense in this novel and was satisfied with how things turned out. Everything seemed to wrap up nicely.

    The novel is not only told in both the past and the present, it is told from various viewpoints, as Jackson shows what happened 20 years ago from all angles. While this provides some good information and adds to the mystery, it does make it hard to really connect with any of the characters.

    Because of that, the romance fell flat for me. But I was really in it for the mystery anyway. That's the gem of this novel and what Jackson really does best: creating a world of suspense and mystery that drags you in.

    I'll be interested to see if these characters will return for another novel. I wouldn't mind seeing more of Maggie, Annette or Nell. If this does turn into a series, I'll definitely be picking up the future books!

    Highly recommended.

  • Hannah
    May 29, 2017

    ARC REVIEW

    You Will Pay is a stand alone (as far as I know) book by Lisa Jackson. I'm big on Lisa Jackson, I have read a bunch of her older stuff. You Will Pay reminds me of a couple of things the video game, Until Dawn, and the movie, I Know What You Did Last Summer. (it's way better then the movie but the video game is so good it's hard to compete with it.) The main difference between these two and this book is that revenge is a dish best served cold, very cold, twenty years cold. It is very c

    ARC REVIEW

    You Will Pay is a stand alone (as far as I know) book by Lisa Jackson. I'm big on Lisa Jackson, I have read a bunch of her older stuff. You Will Pay reminds me of a couple of things the video game, Until Dawn, and the movie, I Know What You Did Last Summer. (it's way better then the movie but the video game is so good it's hard to compete with it.) The main difference between these two and this book is that revenge is a dish best served cold, very cold, twenty years cold. It is very complicated story that has you guessing and a decent twist at the end, it also kind of dark, I like that. Unfortunately the pacing and character introduction was not to my liking, it was interesting how she did it, it not unusual for LJ to do the flip flopping between past and present, alternating to different POVs in the past to get the different sides of the story, it was nice but there are seven to nine different POVs to keep track of and I just had a hard time getting into the story especially since most of the characters are really annoying.

    It starts off with a young woman standing on the edge of a cliff ready to commit suicide, she's a very religious and young with no idea what to do she has her epiphany and chooses not to go through with it, just then someone comes out of the woods and pushes her over. Her body is never found. A day later two more people disappear, many lay the blame of the disappearances at the hands of the convict that escaped and went missing. This all happened on the grounds of a religious summer camp and the three people who went missing were all camp counselors. Twenty years later remains are found on the beach.

    Lucas was there that summer, he was a counselor and is the son of the preacher who ran the camp. He dated the first girl who went missing, it was a very bad summer for him and he prefers not to remember it, but he's a sheriff's deputy and with the skeletal remains showing up on the beach he knows it's all going to come up again. Bernadette was also a camp counselor back then and she fell in love with Lucas but after what happened she wanted to put it all behind her and never contacted him again, but now not only is the Sheriff's department asking her to come in for questioning about what happened back then but an independent journalist, who also happened to be one of the kids at the camp that year is also hounding her for questions. Jo-Beth was the self appointed leader of the counselors back then she devised the story everyone would tell, a story she devised to cover her own ass in the prank she played on one of the other counselors, because after all Monica deserved it but then Monica herself went missing. The secrets are all coming out whether people want them to or not and old romances are being revised.

    Overall, it was a good read, not my favorite of her but it was a good read. I didn't predict the ending but it wasn't all that surprising.

  • Donna
    Jun 21, 2017

    The story opens in Cape Horsehoe, a summer camp near the Oregon coast, as a teenager in a nightgown looks over a cliff at the water below. She decides not to jump but someone from behind gives her a push over the edge. Fast forward twenty years. We learn that 2 camp counselors disappeared at the same time as a ranch hand and no bodies were ever found. An escaped convict was in the area and he was never located. Did he kill everyone?

    A skull is found at a cavern nearby. Lucas, son of the man who

    The story opens in Cape Horsehoe, a summer camp near the Oregon coast, as a teenager in a nightgown looks over a cliff at the water below. She decides not to jump but someone from behind gives her a push over the edge. Fast forward twenty years. We learn that 2 camp counselors disappeared at the same time as a ranch hand and no bodies were ever found. An escaped convict was in the area and he was never located. Did he kill everyone?

    A skull is found at a cavern nearby. Lucas, son of the man who founded the camp, is now a detective. He and his partner Maggie call all the remaining female camp counselors back to town for in-person interviews about that night twenty years ago. Someone knows the truth.

    I am a huge Lisa Jackson fan. As I started reading the first chapter of this book, I kept envisioning the Friday the 13th movie with Jason at the camp. Now this is not a horror story but some scenes were pretty creepy. I couldn't get that movie out of my mind as I read the descriptions of that night at camp.

    I didn't know who did the killing so I was surprised by the ending.

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