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Payback (Sisterhood #2)

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Meet the Sisterhood seven very different women who found one another in their darkest days and formed an indelible friendship, strong enough to heal their pasts and bring laughter and joy back into their lives. In Myra Rutledge's beautiful Virginia home, amid hugs and fresh iced tea, shrimp fritters and shell-pink tulips, t

Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2005)
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Aug 17, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-shelf, e-book
Payback by Fern Michaels is a 2005 Zebra publication.

Years ago, It was suggested to me that I might like this series. But, I was skeptical because at that time I was into really dark, gritty novels and looking at the book covers, this one as an example, with a white picket fence and red roses on it, I was sure it was too syrupy for me. But, when I received a copy of one the sisterhood novels as a gift a while back I thought- “Why not?”

As it turns out I really liked the book, and wanted to read
Aug 13, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Understand I don't like profanity in books. I've chosen to make an exception with this series which is why it's rated a 4 instead of a 5. I enjoy my clean, Christian books so much more. The characters are remarkable and endearing. The mission of the sisterhood and how it is accomplished is always intriguing. I do plan to read the entire series.
I've rather enjoyed a couple of the later books of this series, but find the second installment far less appealing. The overall premise of women banding together for vengeance is a fine driver for this long-running series, and lends itself to a variety of situations for our protagonists. This time out the senator husband of one of the sisterhood has not only drained their financial accounts, he has given her a death sentence. Before she takes her last breath, Julia would like nothing be
Oct 20, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
Book 2 in the Sisterhood series is another great story of revenge and justice to be served by seven vigilante women. Julia Webster's husband is a US Senator and uses her only as an ornament to further his career. Julia has know of all his affairs and now finds out she has contracted AIDS and wants to get revenge before her life is over. He has abused her and left her life in taters. She has had to leave her position as a renowned surgeon. Her husband is getting to announce that he has been chose ...more
Feb 03, 2011 Sara rated it did not like it
Ok I admit I didn't even read this book. But I feel I have the right to rate it; I read the first book in the Sisterhood Series, and while it was painful for me to get through, decided to read the next one to see if the books grew on me at all. The dialouge is so choppy in these books...but the main issue I had with the first book was all the typos and mistakes. Being an English teacher I do tend to have a critical eye for grammar detail, but I would still expect more from a well-known author! I ...more
Aug 17, 2010 Jen rated it it was ok
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Kathy Davie
Sep 21, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Second in the Sisterhood suspense series that revolves around finding justice for each of the "sisters" and others they find worthy.

The Story
It's Julia Webster's turn for justice. Diagnosed with HIV caught from her philandering senator husband, Julia had to give up her career as a plastic surgeon. She wants Mitchell to pay with humiliation, disgrace, and never have the opportunity for a comeback. She also wants justice for the subscribers to the Monarch HMO. Hundreds, if not thousands, of subscr
Tara Chevrestt
Oct 09, 2009 Tara Chevrestt rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This is the second in the Sisterhood series. The Sisterhood being 7 female vigilantes that have been wronged by the American justice system. I enjoyed the first one, but this one was ridiculous. First of all, I had a hard time believing that a local lawyer is going to actually sell most everything he owns and take a month leave of absence from his prestigious job just to spy on these women. Jack is a very annoying character and if he is in the other books, I may not bother to read them. Anyway, ...more
May 04, 2009 Arlene rated it it was amazing
The Sisterhood series by Fern Michaels are very entertaining, quick reads. The characters are likeable, unique women who you envision to be your neighbors. The stories move at a nice pace and although you know that justice will prevail at the end, Michaels always throws in a couple of twists and turns in to keep you engaged.

One is not left with deep philosophical ponderings after reading these books. Instead, they make you feel like you have had a nice "catch up" visit with a friend and they ma
Lynn Demsky
Jun 17, 2015 Lynn Demsky rated it liked it
“Some Women Get Angry. . . The Sisterhood Gets Even.

Meet the Sisterhood--seven very different women who found one another in their darkest days and formed an indelible friendship, strong enough to heal their pasts and bring laughter and joy back into their lives. In Myra Rutledge's beautiful, Virginia home, amid hugs and fresh iced tea, shrimp fritters and shell-pink tulips, the friends have gathered to embark on their second mission of sweet revenge for one of their own. Julia Webster's husban
May 18, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Myra's daughter, Barbara, is killed by a hit and run driver who happens to be a diplomat and therefore cannot be charged or prosecuted for her murder (in Weekend Warriors). This is a huge reason why Myra decides to start the Sisterhood. Anyway, starting in Weekend Warriors and continuing in Payback, Barbara remains a character in the form of a ghost. We haven't seen her ghost form (yet), but she moves objects, can be felt in drafts of air, and she speaks to Myra and Nikki. I'm not sure why Micha ...more
This book was ridiculously shallow, far-fetched and even poorly written. I'm not a Fern Michaels fan (though I want to be because she is so likeable in her bio on the back flap!). Every few years, I forget how much I dislike her writing style and pick up one of her books, then have to force myself to get through it. The dialogue in her novels is so unrealistic. Nobody in real-life talks like her characters do! It makes me nuts to read it. And in this revenge series, she takes over-the-top and fa ...more
May 09, 2009 Janet rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
These books are just weak. I don’t know if they’re intended for younger readers, or if Michaels has lost her touch. I can understand sending the Monarchs off to work for 17 cents a day in Africa, but what does that have to do with Mitchell’s crime? Are we really supposed to believe that four prominent citizens can vanish off the face of the earth with such ease and no questions raised?
Georgia Herod
Dec 27, 2014 Georgia Herod rated it did not like it
I’m not even sure where I picked up this novel, perhaps at a garage sale. I’m sure I was attracted to the quotation on the front: “Friends make every burden lighter, and every triumph sweeter . . . . “ And the blurb on the back about the “sisterhood.” Friendship is one of my favorite subjects. However . . .

The title should have gotten my attention—the novel is one of the Sisterhood series which is about seven very different women who become vigilantes, pursuing justice and revenge against thos
Carol  MacInnis
May 29, 2011 Carol MacInnis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
At Myra Rutledge's Virginia home, she meets with her six 'chicks' to discuss their next mission. Julia Webster, married to a U.S. Senator has taken nothing but abuse and finally the very last indignation for Julia to turn to the Sisterhood for her revenge. Once again, Fern Michaels had me on page 1 and I could not put this book down. A terrific read!
Jun 25, 2008 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fern Michaels fans
Shelves: 2007, other-usa
It's an interesting story, but not much to it. I often wonder why I read her books. Perhaps it's for the continuation of her characters' stories, but overall, I'm not impressed with her writing.
Nov 01, 2015 Alicia rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This second book, Payback, is rather like Dexter, but a group of people instead of one person, with various kinds of "setting it right", not just murder.

It is an vigilante, escapist, living vicariously, pull-for-the underdog type of series. Can you imagine how they feel? Can you see the logic in their conclusions? Do you think they should have done differently? Do you think the world's a better place because they interfered - even though it was illegal?

However, I found myself totally put off b
Mar 07, 2016 Shirley rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
Another good one.
Will take a break for another series until the other audible series come on sale.
Jul 25, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
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Barbara ★
This is the second book in the Sisterhood series, a group of ladies who have been done wrong by the justice system. Each book focuses on one lady and trying to avenge them. Now it's Julia Webster's turn and exacting revenge on her husband, a U.S. Senator whose philandering gave her AIDS. However, Julia's mission is two-fold. She is also determined to make an HMO pay for sentencing their patients to death by denying their claims for treatment.

I enjoyed the story though it is over the top and ridi
Brittney Musick
When I first read the premise for the Sisterhood series, I was really intrigued, so when I picked up Weekend Warriors, I was pretty excited to check it out. I wound up feeling pretty let down by the story on the whole, but I was still curious about the series, so I decided to give Payback a chance.

In this book, the Sisterhood is ready for their second mission to set things right. Alexis, who was chosen at the end of the first book for the next mission, admits that she's not yet ready, so they d
Oct 19, 2011 Laurel-Rain rated it liked it
In this second book of the Sisterhood series, the women take on the mission of righting injustices done to Julia Webster, a doctor infected with the HIV virus by her philandering husband Mitch, a senator.

Julia's mission is two-pronged in "Payback (Zebra Romance)." In addition to making Mitch pay, she also wants to punish a greedy HMO that sentences patients "to death" by denying claims for treatment.

Again, technologically savvy Charles Martin's expertise is critical to the success of the plan th
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Nov 17, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Summary: From the outside, it looks like Julia Webster lives a normal, happy existence. A highly successful plastic surgeon, she is married to a senator very much on his way up Capitol Hill, and lives in a lovely house in Georgetown. But appearances can be deceptive, as Julia knows only too well.

Characters: Heiress Myra Rutledge; her adopted daughter, Nikki; Kathryn, the truck driver; Alexis, the African-American broker turned personal shopper; Julia, the plastic surgeon; Isabelle, the psychic;
Dixie LoCicero
Jul 05, 2015 Dixie LoCicero rated it really liked it
another great book in the Sisterhood series! This time, Myra gets to take her revenge on John Chai the Chinaman who killed her daughter & granddaughter and with diplomatic immunity, escaped justice. I love how the women and Charles work together to figure out how to get the guilty men and exact revenge, but this one was a little graphic in the description of the revenge.

I wish they could find a way to get Jack and Mark out of the picture, those guys are annoying!

On to the next in the series
Jul 26, 2013 Jami rated it liked it
This is the second one in the series, and I still can't figure out why I like them! They are fast reading, which is positive, and the plot itself is good. But the writing style can be "cheesy" and the dialogue is quite choppy. You also have to be willing to suspend belief as you go through the story line. Yet, I find myself wanting to continue with the series to see what happens. There are also inconsistencies from the first to the second book, such as the breed of Murphy and the spelling of Mar ...more
I like the premise: A bunch of women screwed over by life / men / the justice system getting together for payback and revenge. The price was ok for the audio + book version.

The problems? They too easily get away with their (illegal) actions, requiring too much suspension of disbelief.

Any book that ends with 19% of the "pages" left for fluff, future books, is misleading.

My disclaimer: I bought the book, I don't know the author and I wasn't asked to review it.
Apr 30, 2014 Josie rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Still another interesting story from Ms. Michaels. Pacing is great and easy to read through to the end. The final revenge is a little vague and not as satisfying as you'd expect, but then I think it's because it all seems a little outrageous and farfetched to be realistic. But, again, a great read.
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