Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: HELL TO PAY by Wendy Corsi Staub

Serial Killer Series #3
Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins

Jeremy Cavalon and Lucy Walsh are survivors. Brought together by the unspeakable horrors of a serial killer when they were younger, they are now married and anticipating the birth of their first child. Then tragedy strikes again, as an evil from the past escapes to seek vengeance. 

Wendy Corsi Staub has created a sinister thriller in HELL TO PAY. The villain was the perfect combination of religious zealot and insane lunatic. I was a bit disappointed that I figured out who the bad guy was so early on in the story, but Ms. Staub wove a gripping tale that kept me turning the pages through the twists and turns of the killer's insane mind. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next and how it would all play out in the end. I was NOT disappointed.

Jeremy and Lucy have been through so much, that I couldn't help but want the best for them. You could see where Jeremy still had a long way to go to heal from his past, first and for most he needed to get the secret he has been holding for years off his chest, as his guilt was holding him back from completely connecting with Lucy, who was unbelievably sweet. After all she had been through she was able to keep a mostly positive attitude in life, she was Jeremy's opposite. 

I would (and have) recommend HELL TO PAY to anyone who enjoys a good suspense. I didn't read the first 2 books in this series LIVE TO TELL and SCARED TO DEATH, but felt the book read decently as a stand alone.

Rating: 4