RANT: The Exes’ Revenge – Jo Jakeman

The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: September 11th, 2018
Publisher: Berkley Books
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Adult, Psychological, Thriller? Suspense? Female Empowerment? MEH.


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.


This book sounds like an instant classic—a group of women coming together to take revenge upon their abusive ex-boyfriend—but it’s not.

Why? Oh, I am so mad.

I’m not one of those readers who like knowing the ending of a story from the very beginning, yet the author pushes the ending on us, and then returns to the past in order to explain how the ending came to be.

So you know the bastard boyfriend dies. You even know in how many days. The prologue is literally the day of the boyfriend’s funeral and at the beginning of every chapter is a countdown to the funeral, and so, the day the boyfriend finally meets his creator.

What the hell? Why would the author or whoever worked on this novel do that? This is not a story; it’s a huge guide to How to Lower Suspense in a Thriller. Honestly. I don’t want to know beforehand who is going to die. I want to be surprised! Is that too much to ask?

I was still interested in the beginning, just because I was curious about the revenge plan the women were going to come up with, but it’s not a plan at all. They’re winging it. And not all of them are into it. One of them—Ruby—especially needs convincing, so they have no idea what they’re doing and the bastard boyfriend keeps manipulating, even as he is subdued for the first time in his life. It’s so freaking annoying. Not smart at all.

I found this extremely predictable, and while it was indeed entertaining in the beginning, it lost its popcorn aspect rapidly and became quite dull. Again, a huge reason why this one didn’t work for me is because there is too much the reader knows. Boring!


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