Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce @harriet_tyce @headlinepg @PublicityBooks @Jenniferleech1 #BloodOrange #BookReview

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Book Description

An utterly addictive, spectacularly dark psychological thriller that explores the power of desire, jealously and betrayal.

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.

A disturbing, toxic and compelling novel that explores the power of fear and desire, jealousy and betrayal, love and hate, BLOOD ORANGE introduces a stunning new voice in psychological suspense.

My Thoughts

A sensational piece of domestic noir with equal parts entertainment and shock!  Blood Orange has been an anticipated read for me due to the chat about this book on social media.  Huge thanks to Georgina Moore for sending me an early copy of this tantalizing read.

Alison is the main protagonist in this story, a successful barrister embarking on her first murder trial.  Working long hours while her husband carries the burden of childcare and maintaining the home.  Embarking on a risqué affair with a colleague and often drinking too much, my first impressions of Alison were not great.  But one of this books strengths is its cast of despicable characters, with Alison, her husband Carl and her lover Patrick all demonstrating some shady behaviours among the secrets and lies that make up this novel.

My expectations were high for this book and I was not disappointed.  A strong and well executed plot kept me guessing throughout and I must confess that while I harboured suspicions about some of the characters the book succeeded in shocking throughout.

Told in the first person narrative of Alison, I did find myself warming to this character although in the most part found her rather flaky.  It was hard to marry up her professional persona with her personal life and at times I found myself frustrated with her, especially in her relationships with the two key men in her life.  This is the story of Alison, her affair and her marriage, but I equally enjoyed the parallel story of the murder trial Alison was preparing for and the way in which these two stories weaved together.

Blood Orange, for me was a compelling read, dark and dirty from the first to the last page, with plenty of twists and a generous measure of jaw dropping shocks!  Recommended by me and published later this week, will you be reading Blood Orange?


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