Harriet Tyce: Blood Orange

Blood Orange is the third book in my 20 Books Of Summer challenge.

Blurb:

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….

Review:

This is a book that has been on my pile since it was published and it was definitely worth the wait! The story focuses on Alison, who seems to have everything, including a self-destruct button that she presses quite a lot! The novel is narrated by her, so we see everything from her point of view. She’s not always easy to like and she does make some questionable decisions, but despite this, I did feel quite sympathetic towards her nearer the end.

Alison is not the only character with their demons and this makes the atmosphere in Blood Orange feel quite toxic, and it’s an atmosphere I couldn’t get enough of. The plot is incredibly compelling and I read the whole book in less than a day.

As Alison is a lawyer, a lot of the plot centres around the courts and justice system. I find this subject really interesting, so I was quickly immersed in Alison’s professional life as well as her personal life.

Blood Orange deals with some interesting but dark subjects. It is difficult to lay them out in detail without giving away spoilers, but this definitely gave me something to think about as I read. There is definitely more to this novel than a straight forward psychological thriller and the ending will stay in my mind for a while.

Blood Orange is available from Amazon.

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