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  • Published: 5 December 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473560581
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336
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Safe House




A gripping new psychological thriller from Jo Jakeman. Charlie has left prison and wants to start a new life. But when she moves to a small village in Cornwall, everyone wants to know her story . . .

NOT EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE . . .

'An excellent, page-turning psychological suspense novel . . . Kept me guessing to the end' Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl
'Gripping, tense and chillingly claustrophobic' Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

'I was absolutely gripped by this tale of secrets, lies, and the impossibility of running away from your past. I struggled to put this book down. Fantastic!' Luca Veste, author of The Bone Keeper

The morning after a terrible storm, a woman turns up in a remote Cornish village. She calls herself Charlie, but it's a name she's only had for a few days. She keeps herself to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. Because Charlie has a secret.

Charlie was in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. But Lee Fisher wasn't a murderer to her; he was the man she loved. Convinced of his innocence, Charlie said she was with him the night a young woman was killed. This sacrifice cost her everything.

And now she has a chance to start again. But someone is watching her, waiting for her, wondering if she's really paid the price for what she did.

'Nerve-wrackingly tense and paranoia-inducing, with a sense of unease that just won't let go. I loved every minute!' Roz Watkins, author of Dead Man's Daughter
'Twisty and so well plotted' Amanda Reynolds, author of The Hidden Wife
'Atmospheric and beautifully written but edge-of-your-seat tense too' Phoebe Locke, author of The July Girls

  • Pub date: 5 December 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473560581
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

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 www.jojakeman.com.

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Praise for Safe House

“Revenge is a dish served with lashings of relish in this vivid, blackly comic suspense novel, as three women fight back against an abusive partner. I cheered them on to the bloody end”

Louise Candlish

“Nerve-wrackingly tense and paranoia-inducing, with a sense of unease that just won't let go. I loved every minute!”

Roz Watkins, author of Dead Man's Daughter

“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

“I was absolutely gripped by this tale of secrets, lies, and the impossibility of running away from your past. I struggled to put this book down. Fantastic!”

Luca Veste, author of The Bone Keeper

“You'll be gripped by just who is out to get Charlie - and why”

HEAT

“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

“Brave, daring and original . . . I absolutely loved it”

Ali Harper, author of The Disappeared

“A queasily unsettling thriller is suffused with menace.”

Sunday Mirror

“Reads like a darker Big Little Lies with all the female rage of Sharp Objects”

Bustle.com

“Twisty and so well plotted”

Amanda Reynolds, author of The Hidden Wife

“I loved Sticks and Stones. A gripping story, sensitively told but also really funny: no mean feat given the subject matter!”

Laura Marshall

“Clever plotting, a hugely confident sense of place, and more suspects than you can shake a stick at”

Caz Frear, author of Stone Cold Heart

“Darkly funny, yet also touching and emotive. Plus, full of suspense and twists”

C J Tudor

“An excellent, page-turning psychological suspense novel with a great plot and an engaging protagonist! Kept me guessing to the end”

Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl

“Witty and satirical while illuminating a dilemma often faced by women when their marriages break up”

Marcel Berlins, The Times

“Loved this - atmospheric and beautifully written but edge-of-your-seat tense too”

Phoebe Locke, author of The July Girls

“A cracking pace, plenty of twists and some well-judged dark humour”

Laura Wilson, Guardian

“So much atmosphere, tension . . . Gripping, tense and chillingly claustrophobic”

Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

“There's a nicely mellow quality to this well-written tale”

Sunday Express

“Exhilarating and utterly absorbing, Safe House is an intense thriller written with great flair and heart by Jo Jakeman. I wolfed it down in a weekend, and I defy you not to do the same”

Emily Elgar, author of If You Knew Her


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