Author: Harriet Tyce
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Hardcover 336 pages
Release Date: 21st February 2019
My huge thanks to Georgina Moore for sending me an advanced readers copy of this book and thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me to join this tour. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems . . .
Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.
Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.
I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.
Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.
I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.
But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything . . .
When I first started reading this book I really didn’t feel much sympathy for Alison. As you can tell from the blurb, she drinks too much, isn’t exactly going to win any mother of the year awards and to top it all off, she is having an affair with a work colleague. I don’t necessarily need a character I can get behind to enjoy a story and sometimes it’s even more fun to read about someone you can love to hate.
Despite all of Alison’s misgivings though there was still that undercurrent of someone who’s just made a few bad choices and got carried away with it all and found themselves in a place they don’t necessarily want to be but nonetheless can’t seem to get themselves out of. The way the author played with my emotions as a reader towards Alison was really very clever. An unlikeable character but someone I still didn’t want to see any harm come to. Go figure?
I absolutely adore books that feature anything to do with the criminal justice system and a juicy court case so the parallel storyline at play here involving Madeline murdering her husband ticked all the boxes for me.
The author has created some truly memorable characters here in this book and the circumstances that tie them all together is very inventive and well thought out. I had my suspicions who was behind certain aspects of the story fairly early on but I had no idea the full extent of their motives and by the end I was still shocked and utterly surprised at their reasoning.
For anyone who likes their thrillers with a legal edge thrown in then this book is for you and you will not be disappointed!
About the Author
Harriet Tyce grew up in Edinburgh and studied English at Oxford University before
doing a law conversion course at City University. She practised as a criminal barrister in London for nearly a decade. She is currently doing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She lives in north London. Blood Orange is her debut novel.
Find Harriet on Twitter on @harriet_tyce.
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