Thursday, 12 September 2013

Hell To Pay: Die Hard for Girls by Jenny Thomson



Nancy Kerr refuses to be a victim - even when she walks in on her parents killers and is raped and left for dead. Fourteen months later, she wakes up in a psychiatric hospital with no knowledge of how she got there. Slowly her memory starts to return. Released from the institution, she has just one thing on her mind two men brought hell to her family home. Now they're in for some hell of their own.


Hell To Pay is the first in Jenny Thomson's Die Hard for Girls series and I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it didn't disappoint!

Hell To Pay opens with a gripping prologue. Two people are digging in the dark of night and talking about prison. This leads onto Jenny's terrible ordeal and then her quest for revenge.

This was an extremely quick read and I read it in less than a day! Nancy, the protagonist is definitely not someone to be messed with! She should be a completely broken person after her terrible ordeal, but her desire for revenge turns her into an incredibly strong woman. I liked that this book had a strong female protagonist, as I do feel that they are somewhat lacking in literature, so this made a welcome change for me.

There are some disturbing images in this that are not for the faint hearted, but they are not written too graphically, so it is just about bearable to read. Although on occasion I did find myself wincing.

Although this novel is incredibly fast paced, I did feel that it should have been longer. I don't think there was enough character development and I felt like a lot of the story was skipped. I would have liked to have read more about some of the secondary characters, and this also would have made some of the events that take place make more sense. However I did still enjoy the fast pace of the book and the story still made sense to me.

I did not see the twist at the end coming at all! It has definitely made me wonder what is going to happen in the next book and I want to get to know Nancy and Tom better.

I don't think that this is a book for everyone, but if you do like thrillers and want a quick read, then I would recommend Hell To Pay: Die Hard for Girls.

7/10

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