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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
©2015 Jonnie Jacobs (P)2017 Jonnie Jacobs
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By Simone K on 07-21-17

Stalkers are just no fun!

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"Payback" is a thriller I won't soon forget. The characters in this book felt real to me, and by that I mean they were filled with flaws, often stupid, acting carelessly, acting on passion, making rash decisions, etc. This story feels like it could really happen to someone. In fact, it probably has. One woman's adulterous mistake brings a dangerous man into her family's life that will change them forever. I thought this story was a complex, dynamic tale of obsession, psychosis and revenge gone too far. Jacobs did an excellent job of keeping me on the edge of my seat and Piller kept me listening with her expert narration. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller! 10/10

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By Lisa Harris on 05-05-17

Another nail biter

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

I love all the books I've listened to by this author. I couldn't put this book down it was so good!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Payback?

The sacrifices at the end.

What does Cindy Piller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ms. Piller is really a great narrator for this series. I really like her style as it enables me to crawl inside the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I held some disbeliefs and shock in different places in the book. My final reaction about Marta's daughter was now maybe she'll listen to her parents since she had to find out the hard way. I'm glad that Marta's husband finally come clean and the marriage was salvageable.

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If you see any book with Jonnie Jacobs as the author I seriously doubt you'd be disappointed in her works. They are edgy on the tip of your seat type thrillers/mysteries. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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By Sara Niña on 12-07-17

Family Drama

This is a truly remarkable tale, one of a family's love overcoming all odds. It follows Marta and her family. Marta is a woman who always plays by the rules, much to her sister's chagrin, but even she can be tempted to let loose. It happened once, only once. She enjoyed herself but vowed 'never again'. But it seems,  no matter all her efforts, this mistake will not leave her alone. Not just in her conscience, but her family life, her career. This is a woeful story of cause and consequence, chain reaction, you too will be tempted to play the blame game. But at its core, this is a story of the strength of love. It's not just a gushy tale, but quite true to life. Marta's family is ordinary but her one mistake leads to them becoming a news story.

Everybody makes mistakes. No one is perfect yet even a single regrettable incident can remain difficult to live with. A catastrophic choice like Marta's, for instance. The themes explored in this novel were compelling to a fault- I  can't stop thinking about them!  Can one forgive themselves for one moment of foolishness? What if said foolishness places one's loved ones in the face of danger? Is it right to blame the victim for their misjudgement (as unfortunately happens in real life only too often)?

This really could be a true story, it was stunningly realistic. Jonnie Jacobs writes with subtle finesse of relationships and how they play out. An author who captures readers' attention for her striking details. It becomes immediately clear  that this is a writer who is also a conscientious observer of the human nature and all its flaws.c

The narration by Cindy Piller was also unquestionably suitable: emotive in all the right places, but not overly so, and not at all difficult to follow along with. She did a fantastic job with this, connecting listeners to characters.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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By Melanie Preston Lewis on 05-05-17

Great story

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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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