Jo was the winner of the prestigious Friday Night Live competition at York Festival of Writing. Her debut psychological thriller was published in the UK as Sticks and Stones by Harvill Secker (Penguin Random House) and as The Exes’ Revenge in the USA and Canada.


Sticks and Stones was shortlisted for the Best Revenge Thriller at the Dead Good Reader Awards 2019. Her second thriller SAFE HOUSE is out now in paperback. Jo has had her books translated into several languages and loves to hear from readers from across the globe.

Jo's third thriller, WHAT HIS WIFE KNEW is coming in February 2022.

She lives in Cornwall with her family and is an avid wild swimmer, making the most of her home county. She is also a very keen cook and if thriller writing doesn't work out for her she might just try cookery books!


"Jo Jakeman's assured debut is a revenge thriller...a cracking pace, plenty of twists and some well-judged dark humour."--The Guardian (UK)

"Reads like a darker Big Little Lies with all the female rage of Sharp Objects." Bustle.com

"Witty and satirical" The Times.





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