Book Review: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce #ReadWithMe 2020 #21

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…

What I Thought:

It’s not often these days that I come across a book that I could cheerfully read in one sitting, but Blood Orange is the epitome of ‘thriller’!

At first it appears to be a domestic drama, as we meet Alison a hard-working, hard-drinking barrister whose family life could come crashing down at any moment. Her husband supports her career by taking on most of the childcare and home care duties, while accepting her very late working, and her drunken returns home after an evening of ‘networking’.

And then suddenly, Alison receives a text message – someone knows about her affair with a colleague. Is this a prelude to blackmail??

What begins to unravel after this is a tense and page-turning story in which Alison is transformed from a not very likeable woman into a woman fighting for her life.

I can’t really say much else without introducing spoilers, but suffice to say I was absolutely gripped! It’s without doubt the best thriller I’ve read in ages, and it left me thinking about it for a long time. As I said, Alison was not an especially likeable character at the start, but when the text messages are explained, you can’t help but go to bat for her.

I’ve already happily recommended this book, to friends, and to a random woman who was looking at books in the supermarket, and would do so again in the strongest possible terms.

Blood Orange is published by Wildfire.

To find out more about Harriet Tyce – and her new novel, which is out in August, check out her website. Alternatively, she is also active on Twitter.

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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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3 Responses to Book Review: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce #ReadWithMe 2020 #21

  1. I really like the sound of this. Thanks for a great review with no spoilers :o)


  2. Chantelle Hazelden says:

    This sounds fantastic, I haven’t heard of this book or the author before. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  3. Thanks for the review. This definitely sounds like one for my TBR list #readwithme

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