Payday by Celia Walden – Book Review

Title: Payday

Author: Celia Walden

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Sphere

Publication Date: 2nd September 2021

Rating: 4.5/5



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:

Who is really guilty?

And who will have to pay?


I was totally intrigued by the premise of Payday as soon as I first read it. Happily I can confirm that the book is every bit as compelling as I’d hoped. The story follows three women who don’t know one other as anything more than a vague work acquaintance, however they each have a connection to one man, Jamie Lawrence, who they all agree needs to pay for his misdeeds. The women hatch a plan late at night and under the influence of alcohol and things start to unravel from there with secrets, lies and shifting perceptions being unveiled.

I absolutely flew through Payday, it had me completely gripped in its clutches until the shocking end. It features three very different women and I found each of their voices fascinating. I don’t want to give too much away about the plot because it gets wonderfully turned on its head more than once and feels genuinely unpredictable throughout. What I will say is that Payday examines the vast gap between perception and reality brilliantly. Nothing is quite as cut and dry as it seems on the surface of things and I found myself changing my mind more than once regarding how I felt about these characters. Payday is a relevant, smart and addictive read full of suspense. Highly recommended!


I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.

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