Book Review: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

I received this book as a gift at the Headline New Voices 2019 event back in January.

I was lucky enough to meet Harriet Tyce and have a quick chat with her as well as get my book signed.

Harriet’s book, Blood Orange, was one of my most anticipated books of 2019 (see vlog here) and this was the book I wanted to get my hands on the most at the event.

I was not disappointed. I loved this book and I cannot wait to get a finished copy when I meet Harriet again at an event with Alex Michaelides (The Silent Patient Review) at the end of February.

Synopsis

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….

My Review

I actually started off this book thinking the synopsis was something else, so initially, I was a little confused. However, once I’d realised my mistake, I was hooked.

Our MC Alison is a successful lawyer, mother to a beautiful daughter and wife of a doting husband.

She’s also struggling with a drinking problem, having an affair with a colleague and spending more time at work than she does with her family.

One thing that grabbed my attention more than anything with this book was Harriet’s writing and the way that she wrote such an unlikeable character but still managed to make you feel sorry for said character. There were times in this book where I actually shouted out loud at how bloody stupid Alison was for some of the things she was doing and situations she was getting herself into. You felt sorry for her daughter and her husband and you couldn’t understand how the marriage had lasted as long as it has.

However, not all is as it seems. As you get to the end of the book, there are a lot of things that come together and you didn’t even realise they stared you right in the face.

The twist in this book is what pulled the 5th star out of the bag for me. I was getting frustrated with Alison and I was wondering when her bullish*t would end. However, it all came together in the end and it was one of those “oh sh*t” moments that you didn’t even realise you needed!

Thank you to Headline for organising the New Voices 2019 event and allowing us to get our hands on proof copies of the books that were available. Thank you to Harriet for chatting with me and signing said book and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

I gave this book 5/5 stars and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in thrillers / psychological suspense.

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  1. Emma
    February 19, 2019 / 9:16 am

    Lovely review Steph! It sounds like a very gripping book to read 🙂 I bet it made it extra special meeting the author, Harriet.

    Emma – http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

  2. February 19, 2019 / 9:31 am

    You’re very lucky for meeting the author of such a wonderful book!
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    I’m going to a book sale this weekend (can’t wait!) and I will be needing lots of book reviews and see what should I get for myself. Such a timing I passed by your blog on a Twitter thread. I’ll follow you! 🙂

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