The Exes' Revenge by Jo Jakeman

The Exes' Revenge

Jo Jakeman

As Imogen tries to protect her son from her abusive husband, she wasn’t expecting both her husband's ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three women team up to seek revenge on the man who has wronged them all.

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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.

Advance Galley Reviews

An exciting, page turning excursion into revenge and domestic lives behind closed doors! When a womanizing manipulative police officer gives his current wife- about to be ex-wife #2- the ultimatum to get out of the house they share or lose their son...he pushes her over the edge.With the help of his first ex-wife and his current mistress/girlfriend an an unlikely alliance is formed and a plan is hatched. Power is about to be rightfully regained by three scorned women. 'The Exes Revenge' by: Jo Jakeman is a darkly comic page turning domestic thriller! An exciting, riveting novel with relevant domestic issues. My Thanks to Penguin First To Read for the oppurtunity to read this title! My review is my unbiased opinion!

A bit of slow start but it was definitely worth sticking with. I do have to say it was a bit of a predictable story but I still managed to enjoy it.

This book was a slow start for me and it took me a while to get into it. I typically am not one to abandon a book, but unfortunately, this was my first. I just couldn’t get into the characters, couldn’t get into the plot, it was just a struggle altogether. Hopefully others will have better luck.

Penguin First to Read ARC. Rating: 4 of 5 stars. Some people take a power position and abuse it. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible for the women in his life. But when work is out to get him too, that is the final straw. The the lies and violence start really piling up. Imogen, his wife, separated but not divorced since they have a son. And this is one more way to control their lives. The day that Philip demands that she move out of the house by the end of the month is her final straw. Especially with his threats to take sole custody of their son. She does something that she never thought she would. Great read, I'll be looking for the next book by this author.

Three women, three very different women, get caught by the same man. It was scary how manipulative someone can be. Especially preying on people that do not have a lot of family or friends involved in their lives. As someone that has experienced an extremely mild version of this type of manipulation it was very easy to identify with the women, especially Imogen. This was a quick read and kept me entertained. It was not anything new in terms of overall story line but I was entertained all the same. I would recommend this to people that like domestic thrillers.

The first two chapters of this book were interesting, and I got my hopes up that this was going to be a really good psychological thriller. Unfortunately, the story became extremely repetitive and borderline ridiculous. The characters were also way too baby-centric for me. I felt as if my head was filling up with baby food instead of suspense! The main character, Imogen, (whom I could not stand, by the way) didn’t want to rock the boat with her ex-husband because she wanted to enjoy the birth of her six-year-old son’s future hypothetical children. Really? During one of her many flashbacks, she “wondered how she could get the conversation back to the topic of the baby” while making small talk with a neighbor because, apparently, the whole world should stop turning for her because she's PREGNANT. The final straw for me was when another character, Ruby, joined a gym and started looking after herself not because those are things people should do, anyway, but because she thought it would increase her chances of conceiving with the vile man who wronged her and the other two women. GAG! Sometimes, there is a place for baby mongering in fiction, but a book about domestic abuse is not it. I’m very, very thankful I received an ARC because I would have been upset if I had spent money on this book.

Once again, the download is gone even though there should be at least two weeks left. I cannot review the books when they are gone so early from when they should be. Please fix this!

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Exes' Revenge by Jo Jakeman. However I completely ran out of time and didn’t have a chance to read this book. I was really looking forward to reading this book but life just got in the way.

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Exes' Revenge by Jo Jakeman. However I completely ran out of time and didn’t have a chance to read this book. I was really looking forward to reading this book but life just got in the way.

It has been a busy few weeks and I missed that my download would expire before reviews are due - d’oh! So now I guess I’m very excited to be able to pick up a copy of this book in person so I can finish it. Any time a story starts at one point and unravels backward, I’m impressed by the autthor’s ability to make me change everything I assumed from the start. I hesitate to say more as I want you to be as surprised as I was by the truths that emerged. This book made me very angry at times, yelling at someone through my phone, and the violence descriptions were very graphic and made me hurt. I look forward to getting a chance to finish this and seeing how the revenge was completed!

This story is about a soon to be divorced woman with a young child. Her mistake was marrying the wrong man. Even though there were many warning signs about him ahe trusted him and stayed with him. He is a man who cheated and abused her emotionally and physically for years. She comes in contact with his new fling and notices the tell tale signs that he is abusing her as well. She decides to offer her help and this starts a string of events that will change their lives forever.

The Exes Revenge was vividly written and truly got me invested in the lives of the three female character leads. Jo Jakeman’s writing style and the way she organized the chapters kept the story very interesting and kept me glued to the pages.

This story takes place in England and is a very sad, frustrating, and thoroughly enjoyable story of life and choices. It was definitely a good read. There are plenty of tense moments, What?! moments, that lead to a great desire to finish the story. Definitely don't read the last chapter first, as the story starts with the end, which makes it all the more a captivating read.

This book was definitely on the edge of your seat thrilling. All I wanted to do was read and not put it down. The ending was one that caught me by surprise, but it shouldn’t have after everything that had happened. This book goes between the characters present point of view as well as past point of view. I feel the book was well written and just enough revealed at a time to keep you wanting more.

I do love dark thrillers, particularly where the wronged get their revenge!! This was a fun, quick read - there are twists and turns, some of which I saw coming and some of which I didn't. As with many books like this, I found myself shaking my head in chagrin at many of the characters' actions/decisions. To me this is actually a plus in a story, because it means I've connected with the characters such that I want to save them from their "mistakes" as much as *real* people! The three women are such different personalities, but their underlying commonalities (beyond the obvious in their relationship to Phillip/Phil/Pip) is developed nicely throughout the story, and I enjoyed seeing them come together over time. All in all this was a fun, darkly enjoyable read. The writing is engaging and quick to read and it made for a great summer book.

There is so much to like about this book: likeable and relatable female characters who develop and strengthen as the story progresses, a vile husband/ex/boyfriend who you can't wait to see how justice is served on him,, and an intriguing, what exactly happened, story that will keep reader's hooked until the end. No spoilers here, but the ending was a bit unexpected and perfect, in my opinion. The only thing I did not like about this book is the domestic violence aspect, with one somewhat graphic and painfu! scene. It's tough for me to read about these things, but I think it's important to have books that do not shy away, tell the truth and empower women.

I want to add to this review that if anyone who has ever suffered from Domestic Violence, be it verbally, physically or emotionally really should keep that in mind if they read this novel due to the subject matter. I'm a Victim's Advocate for Domestic Violence Survivors, and I found myself tense up at times. Having stated that; this is a well-written book. I liked the way the author has set the book the up. Phillip Rochester is a police officer who is very controlling and cruel to the extreme to his first two wives and his latest girlfriend. Ruby, his first wife, was quite a bit older than him and seemed to be more of a mother figure to him than a wife. She was a loner and loved animals, in fact, she was a veterinarian. Ruby left him after he took up with his present wife, Imogen. But he keeps her on a string and uses her in such a way that she can't get on with her own life even after he married his second wife, Imogen. Imogen gets the worst of his abuse it seems, she's a people pleaser, and she's tried just about everything she can think of to be a better wife to him. But nothing works with someone like him. She's called the police on Phillip, after an extremely violent beating but they seem to cover for one another, and the blame falls on her being "unstable" as he likes to describe her. He's isolated from her only friends, and she has a disapproving mother that makes her feel the abuse has to be her fault for not being picture perfect. She's in a no-win situation in regards to this marriage; it's been rough from the start. Imogen has suffered two major losses in her life that would cause anyone to be depressed and anxious. The only thing that matters to her is her five-year-old son, Alistair and making sure he has a loving, nurturing home to grow in. When she finally gathers up the nerve to ask for a divorce, Phillip has already moved in with his latest "victim." A much younger woman, Naomi, who has grown up in the system without any family to speak of who would, of course, see this older man a police officer at that as her knight in shining armor. Phillip, of course, is making Imogene's life a living nightmare since she requested the divorce, it's all about appearances with him. He counters the divorce and muddies the water, so it drags on and on. Phillip threatens to sue for sole custody of Alistair as a way to try to get Imogen to be more compliant to his demands. Imogen is trying to protect him from his abusive father, and she knows he doesn't care for the boy, he's using him as a bargaining chip. Imogen wants her son, Alistair to be safe from his father's tirades and get on with her life. When Imogene first meets Naomi, she notices that things aren't as rosy with them as Phillip would like it to seem. When she accidentally runs into Naomi while she's leaving the hospital after her mother has a minor accident Imogene notices that Naomi has a large gash on her forehead. Imogene knows precisely how she got it. Phillip's abuse is escalating. She stays with Naomi at the ER, and they form a type of kinship. They both know that something is going on with him, but they aren't quite sure what the deal is because they have both caught him lying to them. This is where the revenge part comes in; it's quite diabolical when the three exes get together and form an unlikely alliance against him. It's one thing after another; this book was hard to put down, I have to admit. You don't know who to trust or what is about to happen next. They know that going to the police is out of the question because Imogene has tried that and it's a joke because they are protecting their own. Each woman finds themselves questioning the other one's trustworthiness during this plot to keep him from killing them all. He's caught up in a web of his own making, Imogene finds out a few new facts that are causing Phillip's more intense rages. Things are falling into place, but these three women have only each other for protection. Imogene's only concern is that Alistair is safe and away from this awful plan which could very easily blow up in their faces. "The Exes' Revenge" is an edge of your seat thriller as I stated earlier, Ms. Jakeman did a fantastic job keeping you guessing what is coming next. It's to the extreme, but she did an excellent job for her debut. The ending will take you by surprise as well. I want to thank the publisher and Read-it-First for the opportunity to read and give my honest opinion of this e-galley.

The book was good it did have some parts that had me on the edge of my seat, but I felt the ending was a little rushed and some of the major parts that was happening to the main character was a little predictable. This book was a good fast read for people who likes mystery and suspense.

The Ex's Revenge was a bit like the movie, The Other Women with less comedy and more suspense. To say that Phillip was a complete jerk is a bit of an understatement. I'm shocked that he was able to have one woman interested in marrying him, let alone three. I loved that the women were able to one up Phillip and that he finally got his due. The revenge was utterly satisfying! That said, what really stood out to me was the friendship that developed between Imogen and the other women in Phillip's life and how each woman came into her own by the end. There was an interesting dynamic in that Phillip put each of these women through hell yet in the end they were almost better for it. I enjoyed that this had a mix of suspense but also an atypical happy ending.

This was an unbelievably fast read for me. The premise is interesting and while there were some elements that were predictable, generally I liked the novel. The exes' all have distinct personalities and it was intriguing to hear their perspectives on their relationship and interactions with each other. This book is very simple and a solid first novel. It didn't necessarily keep me on the edge of my seat, but it kept my attention and kept me entertained.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This book turns the tale of the revenge of the ex on its head! Welcome to the world of Imogen and the abuse that she suffers from hopefully soon to be ex and policeman husband, Phillip. This is his second marriage, but he already has a new girlfriend, who he is abusing as well. This is one twisted book, meaning that the twists keep coming! I loved it! Who do you turn to when your husband abuses you, but he is a policeman of good standing? This is a book that you don’t want to put down, but once it’s over, you don’t want it to be over. Definitely one to pick up!

The story moved along at a great pace and I found myself trying to find spare moments to read more and then when I finished, I wished I'd slowed down more. This book is more about the complexity of female friendships and taking control of your own life than it is about revenge. I loved how the relationship between Imogen, Noami, and Ruby developed in such unusual circumstances and how you as a reader rooted for them to win. Phillip is a despicable human being and deserves his just rewards.

From my blog and instagram account - @livereadandprosper Thank you to Berkley publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book starts off at the end – Phillip Rochester’s funeral. Phillip has died (we don’t know how yet) and his 3 ex-wives are there, but not in mourning. The second chapter begins with Imogen, Phillip’s second wife. She is also the only one who has a child with Phillip. We learn that Phillip is abusive (trigger warning) and cheated on Imogen with a younger woman, Naomi. Naomi is Phillip’s third wife. She’s also being abused by him. Imogen and Naomi finally have the chance of a lifetime (Ruby, Phillips first wife, joins along too). Imogen has Phillip locked up in her basement and the chance to finally tell him off. He’s got quite a few tricks up his sleeve in the meantime. Are these ladies safe? Are they going to tell him off? How did Phillip die? The first third of this book was quite slow. I was beginning to second guess whether this book was really a thriller or not. Reading details about Imogen’s relationship with Phillip and Naomi’s relationship with Phillip was a little dull. It just seemed to drag on. Once Imogen and Naomi had Phillip in the basement, things start to really pick up the pace. In fact, I had to buckle up, strap in, and get ready for the ride. I knew Phillip was a terrible person, but MAN what a twist. You think with all of the thriller/mystery books I read, I would’ve expected it to come. Phillip was such a convincing character, I even fell for all the lies he told! The ending was predictable, but I’ll take it for the adventurous thrill the second half of the book had. 4/5 Stars

This book really kept me guessing. I liked that the author presented back stories on each of the past relationships that these women. I felt that Phillip needed to be a little more menacing and felt that Ruby seemed like a little bit of a nut. This made it a little unbelievable that the girls would have wanted to form a relationship. It would have been nice to have her complexity drawn out more. I am definitely going to be recommending this book to others and hope that this author keeps writing.

The Exes’ Revenge..This book hit close to home for me. If given the chance how far would you to get revenge on your abusive ex? No? What if the opportunity literally fell in your lap? I have to say reading this I was cheering on Imogene and chastising her later. It was a really good book about a bad person bringing some good people together. It was really thought provoking. You start to ask yourself “What would I have done?” You definitely want to add this to your TBR list!!!

The Ex's revenge, is the debut novel by Jo Jackson. The book starts off with the funeral of a police officer, Phillip Rochester. The book backtracks through his life, up to his death. Phillip, was an abusive, mean man, and used his title as a policeman to get by with anything, including, abusing his girlfriends, ex wives, and really anyone in his path. I enjoyed the book, it wasn't great, but not bad. It did grab my attention from the beginning, kind of reminded me of a Life Time Movie. One thingI did not like is I did not like the app I had to read it on. I may have enjoyed it more, if I had been able to use a kindle or the actual book Thanks @First to read for allowing me to read it!

I was excited to read this book and it did not disappoint! You know "the ending" of this story right from the beginning- the death of the husband, Phillip, who is an abusive, manipulative, police office who has always believed that he can get away with anything because of the hold that he has on the women in his life, and his perceived standing in society with others. The real story of this novel is how we get to Phillip's death, and the growing relationship of the 3 women in Phillip's life: Imogene, his current wife, Naomi, the younger woman he left Imogen for, and Ruby, his ex-wife, who he still maintains a bizarre friendship with. Is it always believable?- No. But its a fun, quick read nonetheless. Highly recommend!

At first I thought The Exes' Revenge by Jo Jakeman was going to be just another predictable psychological suspense. Boy was I wrong - it quickly grabbed me in and I ended up reading it in a day! The interactions between the characters, quick pace and an unexpected ending made for a great rainy day read. Thank you First to Read!

I enjoyed this debut novel. It was fast paced and kept me interested. At times it was a bit unbelievable, but that is the nature of fiction.

I loved this book. Karma...I tell ya. I felt like I knew each of the woman and what they were going through. Phillip got every bit of what he deserved. It was a fast paced, engrossing novel that I enjoyed from start to finish. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

I can say that once I started reading this book, I became engrossed with the characters and was always ready to pick it back up and continue the story each time I was able to. I think each of the characters were likable in their own way (with the exception of Phillip), and was pleased that the three women involved were able to get past things and become friends. I thought the ending was ironic, but deserving. The only thing I did not like about this whole experience was reading it on the Adilko reader on my kindle. I do not like that *at all*, and in fact, would have finished reading the book much faster had I been able to simply read it on my regular reader. I do appreciate being able to read the book ahead, however. Thanks!

I have read books that dealt with a spouse’s revenge before. I must say that this story kept me very interested. Although we know the outcome from the beginning of the book, the road to the conclusion was interesting and kept me reading.

The Exe's Revenge... What would you do to save you child? I would do anything and hold no regrets later. This book is a great example of the mentality that keeps many abuse victims from leaving. Is there something I'm doing wrong to cause it? I'm just not worth anything. I can't do any better and this is all I deserve. It is often in the mind of the victim that the terror you know is better than the one you don't. There is always a point that the abuser will not cross simply because desperate times call for desperate measures and in The Exe's Revenge, Phillip(Pip) crosses that line. Definitely worth reading, and remember no one deserves to be abused in any way, shape, or form. It is not a problem with you, it's a problem with your abuser.

It took me a few chapters to get into the story. It had a great twist at the end. I am glad I read it. The 3 women were all abused by Philip and the book starts at his funeral and all 3 had been wanting revenge as he is abusive. I would read more books by him but I am not sure if I would recommend this to my friends.....I am usually the one who reads a book first and then let's then know if they can or cannot handle it....

What started as an interesting premise, an abusive husband, an ex wife wanting to take revenge, kind of spirals into ridiculous, with red herrings that don't serve the benefit of the story. I thought the length was longer than necessary. I had high hopes, but, alas. I will say the ending twist was enjoyable, at the very least.

I just finished reading Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman. My copy was missing two pages but that was not significant. I thought the telling went on too long. Story could have been more succinct. All women by a certain age have met a Phillip. The smart ones run, while the kinder ones stay and try to fix them. Well, no good deed goes unpunished. Ruby and Imogene were believable characters while I found Naomi a little less so. Having Imogene and Rachel meet new love interests takes away from their power to achieve and overcome on their own terms and own time. A bit cliche in my opinion. Overall good read. Held my interest.

Ok, I'm not going to lie. I love a good revenge story - especially when wives, ex-wives and girlfriends are involved. Phillip is a piece of work who thinks he can get away with anything because he's a cop. Imogen is still married to him but he currently lives with his girlfriend. When he threatens Imogen's way of life, she decides to give him a taste of his own medicine. I admit, what she did to him kind of fulfills a fantasy I've had. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it.

I love reading debut novels and this one was no different. I read this in a couple of days. It is an easy read that kept me wanting to read more. The story has excellent pacing and is engaging. Some reality suspension is required but the effort is worth it. Fans of Lifetime movies will enjoy this one.

This book was crazy! Phillip was such a creep and a madman. I can't believe the things that he did and was thinking he'd be getting away with. I hated Ruby through most of this because of her "loyalty" to Phillip. This book was well written and very suspenseful

I don't like to be negative, but I really did not enjoy this book. In fact, I didn't even finish it. I kind of just skimmed the rest to see what happened in the end. The synopsis sounded so promising! I wanted to give the book a fair chance, but the characters were all unlikable (which sometimes is ok, but didn't work for me in this book), and the plot was just a little "out there" at times. They kept making dumb decisions for the sake of moving the plot along, that no rational set of characters would make. Which may be the point, I don't know. All I know is that it didn't hold my attention enough to finish it.

I really enjoyed this book, I read it in a single day on the 4th of July. I liked seeing the three wronged females come together, I always questioned why the wronged wife goes after the other woman when her anger should be turned towards the husband. I gave the book 4 stars on good reads and would suggest it to people who like the genre.

Wow! This book is awesome! Such a great story. I really like the characters. They are very different and true to life. There is so much suspense in this book! It is a great read. I couldn't put this book down. I had to keep reading to find out what happens next. I would definitely recommend this book.

The plot of The Exes' Revenge sounded engaging, but the book needs a better editing. The story starts at the end and we learn how it all came to happen. Phillip is a police officer and an abuser. Imogene is his second wife, Ruby his first wife and Naomi his girlfriend. These unlikely women join together to exact some revenge. I am not sure why it is labeled a "thriller" I disagree with that label. The book is a good read, not great, had some twists. I would give it 3 1/2 stars. Warning: The book describes physical abuse. I received a free Digital Advance Reader Copy from First to Read in exchange for an unbiased review.

A bit of a mess but I still kinda liked it. This is one of those books where you find out the ending right at the beginning of the story and the rest of the book is the details of what happened, in this case how the ex wound up dead and if the ex -wife, soon-to-be ex-wife, and current girlfriend had something to do with Phillip's death. The book had a bit of a soap opera quality to it in which I was entertained but it will drive you nuts if you spend time questioning if it is believable or not. One of the reasons this held my interest was Philip very early on shows he's a horrible person so I actually enjoyed finding out what led to his death. The story line can be messy at times so I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this particular book because there are much better ones of this genre out on the market. Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

I don't like to write a negative review . But unfortunately I could not persevere to finish this book. The main reason being I could not care for any of the characters. At the halfway point still had unanswered questions. What city were they living in? How did Imogen support herself and Alistair? No mention was made how she was able financially sustain her family without a job? The book is well written but I am unable to engage with any of the characters I cannot enjoy the story. I was looking forward to reading this book as I love psychological thrillers but there was nothing thrilling here!


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