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Sticks and Stones

by Jo Jakeman

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LoveReading View on Sticks and Stones

Ooh, this is a sharp, highly entertaining yet provocative read. Imogen unexpectedly stands up to her ex-husband with far-reaching results, but what is she meant to do now and how can she protect her son?

The first chapter brilliantly introduced the story, a few pages set my thoughts running amok and stirred up a hornets nest of intrigue. Jo Jakeman sets in motion a hugely effective countdown at the beginning of each chapter which keeps the tension cranked up high. The characters vividly lit up my mind as they bypassed sensible and began to run down desperation. As I read I questioned the lengths I would go to, to protect those I love. I found myself so involved with the storyline, at times I had to stop myself from forming a cheerleading squad!

‘Sticks and Stones’ is compulsive, addictive, heart in mouth stuff, I suggest popping reality to one side and just launching yourself straight in. 


Liz Robinson

Sticks and Stones Synopsis

'A revenge thriller to make you punch the air in solidarity' Eva Dolan, author of This Is How It Ends `A gripping story, sensitively told' Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request `Deliciously dark and gripping' Emily Koch, author of If I Die Before I Wake Imogen's husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now he's given her an ultimatum: get out of the family home in the next fortnight or I'll fight you for custody of our son. In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable: she locks her husband in the cellar. Now she's in control. But how far will she go to protect her son and punish her husband? And what will happen when his ex and his girlfriend get tangled up in her plans? Sticks and Stones is a deliciously twisting psychological thriller from an unforgettable new voice. `Sensational - pacy, twisty and darkly funny with well-rounded characters' Roz Watkins, author of The Devil's Dice 'A cracking book. Darkly funny, yet also touching and emotive. Plus, full of suspense and twists. Buy it!' CJ Tudor, author of The Chalk Man `A brilliant debut from an author with a sharp wit and a keen understanding of human nature. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough' Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle `A darkly funny read covering an emotive topic with sensitivity and style' SJI Holliday, author of Blackwood

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Sticks and Stones Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A thriller about revenge! Full review

Cheryl Watson

A fast paced and tense thriller that looks behind the closed doors of domestic abuse. Full review

Lorraine Blencoe

A brilliant thriller addressing domestic abuse in all its forms, and how people can break free of this and rise up. Full review

Rebecca Cockeram

A gripping story right from the start, leading you in many different directions before reaching a very satisfying conclusion. Full review

Amanda O'Dwyer

This is a great read and I can't wait to find more of the author's books in the future. Full review

Kate Thacker

Absolutely fantastic thriller with lots of twists. I highly recommend this book. Full review

Sharon McKinlay

It's punchy, fast paced, but at times slightly messy in it's delivery. I think I struggled with knowing how the book ended from the beginning. There wasn't the twist I was expecting at the end. Domestic abuse comes in both physical and mental torture, and the women's fight to stick together was comforting, but at times unbelievable. It is however, an easy summer read. Full review

Katie Macaulay

How far would you go for revenge on your ex? Full review

Bev Taylor

Sticks and Stones Press Reviews

A revenge thriller to make you punch the air in solidarity, Sticks and Stones is a wickedly sharp, psychologically intense debut which announces Jo Jakeman as a future queen of grip lit. - Eva Dolan, author of This Is How It Ends

It's not often you get a thriller that is just as good at keeping you on the edge of your seat as it is at making you laugh - but Sticks and Stones is both. A deliciously dark and gripping debut. - Emily Koch, author of IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE

I loved Sticks and Stones. A gripping story, sensitively told but also really funny: no mean feat given the subject matter! - Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request

What a sensational debut - pacy, twisty and darkly funny with well-rounded characters. I loved it! - Roz Watkins, author of THE DEVIL'S DICE

Sticks and Stones is a gem of a debut with a unique premise, tightly-crafted plot and believable characters who get under your skin from the start. Incredibly well-observed and sensitive in its handling of difficult subjects, it is, above all, thoroughly entertaining. Highly recommended! - Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies

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ISBN: 9781787300316
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787300316
Publication date: 12th July 2018
Author: Jo Jakeman
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Jo Jakeman

Jo Jakeman was the winner of the Friday Night Live 2016 competition at the York Festival of Writing. Born in Cyprus, she worked for many years in the City of London before moving to Derbyshire with her husband and twin boys. Sticks and Stones is her debut thriller. Find out more at

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