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Payback (Sisterhood #2)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  4,789 ratings  ·  199 reviews
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 seco ...more
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Published December 20th 2005 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2005)
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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
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
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
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Kathy Davie
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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
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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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
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
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.
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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I have fallen in love with the Sisterhood series. This is book 2 in the series. I like the group of women who come together to get revenge on people who have hurt them. I highly recommend this series. They kept my interest and made me want more. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Erin Bell
My best friend's mom got me started on this series with the first five books. This is a series of 20 books that lead you on the adventures of several women seeking revenge for crimes the court system couldn't or wouldn't provide well deserved justice. They have the financial backing and resources to formulate well thought out plans and see them through to complete them. Each mission takes on new danger and suspense and the lines between legally right and morally right become blurred. Even those ...more
It's a very good book- it easily sucks you into the story and you don't necessarily have to read the series in order to understand what is going on. However, some of the writing is a bit difficult to read if you are in any way particular about paragraph styles and grammar.
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