After reading only the first few pages of Celia Walden’s debut thriller, I knew I had to publish it. Payday has all the ingredients of the best thrillers – a shocking opening, brilliant characters whom you believe in wholeheartedly, and an absolutely killer twist right at the very end.
Payday follows the fallout of one evening, when three women who don’t know each other very well end up exchanging confidences about their boss, Jamie Lawrence. Everybody in their firm seems to love Jamie except, it transpires, Jill, Nicole and Alex. They all recognise Jamie for what he is: an exploitative and misogynistic power-hunter, with no scruples about using women for his own end. And they agree that something must be done to bring about his fall from grace.
However as the book progresses, the women become less certain of their plan. They are all navigating their own dilemmas, and they’re starting to wonder how much they can really trust each other. After all, there’s more than one side to every story, isn’t there?
Then Jamie is found dead. And suddenly they realise they have everything to lose, and everything to hide . . .
Payday will have you racing through the pages to get to its breathtaking denouement. It’s an incredibly clever thriller: poignant, witty, and incredibly entertaining.
by Celia Walden
THE INSTANT TOP 10 BESTSELLER
Can YOU guess who killed Jamie Lawrence?
'Impossible to put down'
'I adored it'
'Totally gripping . . . Nicole Kidman TV miniseries is written all over it'
'The final twist genuinely blindsided me' Reader Review
'A runaway train ride of a thriller'
'Cracking . . . [Payday] rips along, full of tension and drama'
'A must read'
'Prepare to be wrong-footed at every turn'
'Highly recommended, I cannot fault it' Reader Review
Late one night, three women share secrets.
They barely know each other, but they all know Jamie Lawrence. They know what he's guilty of. And they agree something must be done.
But as their plan spirals out of control, they begin to doubt themselves . . . and each other. Then Jamie is found dead. And suddenly everything is at stake. As lies are unravelled and truths exposed, two urgent questions emerge:
'This year's most electrifying ride' CHANDLER BAKER New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Network
'Ratchets up the tension until the final couldn't-see-it-coming twist' ELLERY LLOYD author of People Like Her, a Richard & Judy bookclub pick
'I absolutely loved it. It's unputdownable, a great mystery and a fantastic read'
'An intelligent, thought-provoking story with some great twists'
'Gripping from the start' Reader Review
'I inhaled it'
'Crackles with energy and the plot whipped me along'
'I could not put it down' Reader Review
'Really compelling . . . the characterisation is excellent' Reader Review
'A page turner that will provoke many a debate'