A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce.
Blood Orange was published on 21st February 2019 by Wildfire Books/Headline.
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….
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A big thank you to Georgina Moore at Headline for issuing me with my review copy of the book and to Anne Cater for inviting to take part on the blog tour.
Okay, so I’m just going to put this out there……… Blood Orange is my favourite book of 2019. I know we are only in March and I actually read it in 2018 but I really aren’t sure if anything will top this for me. It’s the book that I recommended to anyone whether they ask me or not!
This was also probably the fastest I had read a book. I have a full time job so that isn’t an easy thing to do! Harriet Tyce has written a fantastic plot and has managed to grab me hook, line and sinker. She managed to do this even though the majority of the characters are not actually very nice. Despite this, you are intrigued with them as they are written so well and you are eager to learn more about them and what makes them tick.
To say that the main character Alison is flawed is doing a massive injustice to the author who has written her incredibly well. On the outside she appears to have the perfect life as a successful barrister on the rise but inside she is a crumbling mess. She is fast becoming an alcoholic whilst almost living life on the edge with a set of dangerous liasions with a work colleague. You do want to shake her time and time again as you ponder her decisions but this just shows how well she got under my skin!
The shocking climax of the book had me absolutely stunned and amazed and I did have to read the last few chapters again just so that I could take it all in a little bit at a time.
Overall, I found this to be an absolutely stunning debut that I cannot recommend enough!
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About the Author
Harriet Tyce was born and grew up in Edinburgh.
She graduated from the University of Oxford in 1994 with a degree in English Literature before gaining legal qualifications. She worked as a criminal barrister for ten years, leaving after the birth of her first child.
She completed an MA in Creative Writing – Crime Fiction at UEA where she wrote Blood Orange, which is her first novel.