The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman #bookreview #thriller

Title: The Exes’ Revenge

Author: Jo Jakeman

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: September 11, 2018

Page Count: 352

My rating: 3 stars

About the book:

A wickedly dark debut thriller about three women who’ve all been involved with the same man and realize the one thing they have in common is that they all want revenge against him…

Divorces are often messy, and Imogen’s is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he’ll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable–something that puts her in control for the first time in years. She’s desperate to protect her son and to claim authority over her own life.

But she wasn’t expecting both Phillip’s ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women–and unlikely allies–reluctantly team up to take revenge against a man who has wronged them all.


The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman is a debut thriller that for this reader just seemed to lack a bit of thrill and border more on a drama. The story is one that begins at the end and then takes the readers back to a so many days before countdown to where we’ve begun.

Imogen is in the process of getting a divorce from her once abusive and controlling ex-husband. Meanwhile, said husband has a new women in his life and also another ex that was the first wife Imogen could never quite live up to. These three ladies are not close at all of course but do share more than they ever expected.

All Imogen wants is what is fair from her ex but he’s done nothing but stall and fight her at every turn when it comes to their divorce. But when it comes to her young son being threatened Imogen snaps and does something out of desperation to try to take control of her life once again.

Now, looking at my rating one might think this one wasn’t that good but don’t get me wrong, it was a solid and likable read. The thing is when I got to the end of the book I felt a bit underwhelmed which when thinking about it might be due to already knowing the outcome with the format, I just had to wonder if the story would have a bit more wow factor if all was unknown getting there.

Now I’d also like to mention this one reminded me heavily of an old movie with the set up bringing these three women together and a part of what happens in the book. I know that sounds a bit vague but it’s best to go in not knowing as much as possible to enjoy the story but for me the originality factor lacked a bit also. So in the end I do think the book is worth a read but overall just an OK story for me.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Jo Jakeman was the winner of the Friday Night Live competition at the York Festival of Writing in 2016. Born in Cyprus, she worked for many years in London before moving to the countryside with her husband and twin boys. The Exes’ Revenge is her debut thriller.


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