The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Exes’ Revenge

Author: Jo Jakeman

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: September 11, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

The Exes' Revenge by Jo Jakeman


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


Imogen and Phillip are getting divorced. They are both done with their marriage, but Phillip is making things more difficult with his controlling and abusive attitude. For one, Phillip is demanding Imogen and their son move out of the house by the end of the month, and every time she says no to his demands, Phillip threatens to sue for sole custody of their child. Imogen is frustrated and threatened with Phillip’s behavior, so much so, that she finally snaps when Phillip shows up unexpectedly at the house one night. When Phillip’s new girlfriend and his ex-wife also show up unexpectedly, things get even more complicated.

Told from Imogen’s point of view as she tries to deal with a controlling husband and a messy divorce. Imogen, frankly, seems a bit of a doormat. Until she’s not. She has been in an abusive marriage for years, but never felt she could do anything about it. Phillip is the abusive husband, and while he’s occasionally physically abusive, he’s always controlling and threatening. He’s the kind of character readers love to hate. The other women in Phillip’s life are his girlfriend, Naomi, and his ex-wife, Ruby. Naomi is young and beautiful, so, of course, Imogen hates her, even though she’s happy to finally be rid of Phillip. As Imogen gets to know Naomi a little better though, she learns all is not perfect in her and Phillip’s relationship either. Lastly, Ruby. The ex-wife and staunch supporter of Phillip.

I love a good revenge story, and this one seemed to have the right mix – three wronged women (wife, girlfriend, and ex-wife) and one narcissistic jerk. The Exes’ Revenge was an entertaining read, but not what I was expecting. Each woman has a different history with Phillip, and each woman has a different issue with him. Plus, Phillip has things happening in his life that the women aren’t even aware of. This makes for a story that is all over the place. While it starts out somewhat believable, it gets more outlandish as even more things happen.

With dark humor and some crazy situations, The Exes’ Revenge is a fast-paced, fun read. Entertaining, suspenseful, and twisty.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Jo Jakeman:
  1. The Exes’ Revenge
  2. Safe House

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