Book Review: PayBack by R.C Bridgestock

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Today's post is a belated book review as part of the blog tour for the newly released Payback by R.C Bridgestock. I haven't taken part in a book blog tour for a while as I've been in such an awful reading slump for the past three or so months but thankfully my reading is far better already in 2020! Follow me on GoodReads to find out what I'm currently reading and ratings for all of the books I've read since January 2017.

*Payback by R.C Bridgestock (323 pages) ★★★
The author duo of R.C Bridgestock have a wealth of police experience between them and have a selection of books already related within the crime, mystery and thriller genres. I have such an eclectic taste in books so I'm always reading from wide range of genres, particularly fantasy and non-fiction but I haven't read a mystery, crime or thriller focused book for a while! The last mystery thriller that I loved is probably a tie between Wychwood by George Mann and Lethal White by J.K Rowling.

Payback is the first in a new series (the DI Charley Mann series) that was released recently by The Dome Press (I reviewed two of their books previously and enjoyed both - reviews here). Within Payback we follow Charley Mann, who has travelled back to her home region of Yorkshire, as the areas first young female DI as a brutal murder is discovered which makes the new DI question everything.

I loved the premise and the setting as well as the main character. It seems very rare, in my somewhat limited experience, to come across a crime/police centred read that has a young woman as the focus. I thought her character was very believable, realistic and impactful. I liked how detailed and informative the investigative aspects of the book were which you'd think I'd expect from a book written by two individuals with years of experience in the police force...

I haven't read a crime or investigation focused read for what seems like forever so it was a refreshing and compelling change from my unusual non-fiction and fantasy reads. It did take me a while to get into the book and the proof copy has teeny tiny text (which always pits me off a book) but it was definitely an interesting read and has made me want to look into more police, crime and mystery focused books - when I finally get my TBR down to a more manageable size! If you like detective and investigative reads then definitely pick up this newly released read!

Have you read this book? What are you currently reading? 



  1. This sounds so interesting, and I haven't heard of it before! Definitely sounds like something I'd want to pick up, I'm new to the genre :)

    Anika |

  2. This sounds like an amazing book!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  3. I love a good crime / investigation book - my favourite genre! x

  4. I've been meaning to pick up The Secret. All that kind of stuff interests me! X

  5. Ooo this sounds like my cup of tea xx

  6. I haven't read any Crime in ages either tbh x


  7. Ooh this sounds interesting, great review x

    Tiffany x

  8. I actually haven’t read much crime fiction though I’m currently reading a true crime book

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  9. ooh this does sound good - I"m doing a long haul flight soon so looking for books to read!
    Em x

  10. This sounds like an interesting read

  11. You and your book reads, I feel like I'm letting you down haha x

  12. I love that the characters were believable and you found the detail to be good. I never enjoy books if either of those things are missing x



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