The opening scenes in Lisa Jackson’s latest novel ‘You Will Pay’ are gripping! A distraught female, a stormy night, a cliff edge; Elle, a teen counsellor at the religious summer camp based at Camp Horseshoe looks down into the foaming sea below. Pregnant and terrified she is about to end her life in a scene so vividly described it was like watching it played out in all its cinematic glory!
Fast forward twenty years…a human skull is found buried in the sand and police officer Lucas Dalton, former resident at Camp Horseshoe, is forced to revisit the mysterious events of the past that led to the end of Camp Horseshoe; a summer that turned into a missing persons investigation – of not just one, but four people!
So the story unfolds through a series of flashbacks between that fateful summer and the present day. The plot is a complicated one involving numerous characters and sub-plots, and Lisa Jackson does a sterling job of holding it all together; however, in the effort of masterminding the plot, the story for me loses some of its dynamism and the pull of the opening scene fizzles out.
In my (humble) opinion, the story was little overlong, but that said, I thoroughly enjoyed it and was very intrigued to find out what had happened at Camp Horseshoe.
I rate this 3 out of 5 stars.