I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman and sharing my review today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
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.
The opening easily caught my attention as we get to meet three women with one man in common. Philip has no redeeming features and is a character that you just want to hate, I guess this makes it so easy to engage and feel sympathy with the other characters.
One of the things that drew me into this story was the dark humour that was used it made this book even more interesting for me. There are a few edge of your seat moments as I was left wondering what would happen next. I loved the fact that a split second decision can change everything and I was eager to see what Imogen would do next. With a selection of flawed characters, some more dangerous than others. However I think this is what made the book even more compelling, for me anyway.
Overall the pacing of the plot is pretty fast so it didn't take me long to finish this book. Sticks and Stones has a brilliantly dark plot with some addictive and tense moments.
Gripping and dark - you won't be able to put this book down!
With thanks to Mia at Penguin Random House for my copy.