A scalpel-sharp, un-put-down-able psychological thriller in which a wronged woman exacts revenge on her abusively controlling, serial philandering ex.
Caroline is an esteemed senior research psychologist, formerly a woman who seemed to have it all - professional acclaim, financial comfort, handsome husband Jack, and adorable kids – but she’s lost everything due to her sadistically selfish ex convincing everyone that she’s a jilted madwoman, unable to look after herself, and certainly unfit to care for their children. As Caroline careers deep into self-destruction mode, seeking solace in booze, shopping and one night stands with married men, an administrative error sees her take delivery of Jack’s luggage. After discovering a diary recounting each of his affairs in painful detail – replete with intimate photographs and ratings of every woman he’s won over – Caroline embarks on an intense mission to exact revenge on Jack for his longstanding controlling behaviour and multiple betrayals. But, more than that, Caroline wants her children back.
This is a seriously addictive thriller, with Caroline’s cunningly executed campaign providing plenty of heart-pounding moments, especially when her actions become increasingly risky. But she’s being played too; watched, stalked and threatened as she implements her revenge via a cunningly executed social media campaign. But it’s a hideously complicated situation, and Jack is nothing if not a master of manipulation. Penetratingly sharp on the complexities of psychological abuse and the human heart, this compulsive, disturbing debut will be relished by fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Daly.
An explosive debut thriller about one woman's search for revenge - and the dangerous chain of events she sets in motion... 'Hugely engrossing - a dark delight.' Catherine Ryan Howard Caroline Atkinson is powerless and angry. She has lost more than most - her marriage, her reputation, even her children. Then one day, she receives an unusual delivery: lost luggage belonging to the very man who is responsible, her estranged husband Jack. In a leather holdall, Caroline unearths a dark secret, one that finally confirms her worst suspicions. Jack has kept a detailed diary of all his affairs; every name, every meeting, every lie is recorded. He even marks the women out of ten. Caroline decides it's time to even the score. She will make this man pay, even if it means risking everything...
|Publication date:||4th April 2019|
|Publisher:||Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 10/07/2022
Fascinating - Paula Daly
A tense and gripping portrayal of how one man's abuse forces his victim into a rollercoaster ride of revenge. Jacqueline Ward knows how to ratchet up the tension in this timely debut for those of us affected by #MeToo - Sanjida Kay
Reading this book felt like riding a high-speed, super-charged rollercoaster called Revenge. You'll go from cheering Caroline on to screaming at her to stop and then back again, all in the turn of a page. Hugely engrossing - a dark delight. - Catherine Ryan Howard
Jacqueline Ward is a Chartered Psychologist and Scientist working in high hazard safety, holds a PhD which explored the stories we use in everyday life to construct our identities, and in 2013 received an MBE for services to vulnerable people. She lives in Oldham with her partner and their dog. For more about Jacqueline Ward please visit her website www.jacquelineward.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @jacquiannc.More About Jacqueline Ward